Hands on with the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX [Video]


We finally got our hands on the new DROID line from Motorola and Verizon. The “RAZR” name is officially gone so they are simply called the DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX. It looks like these phones are going to be very similar to the Moto X in that it’s all about the features and ease of use rather than the specs. As to specs, we are looking at a display of 4.3-inches for the Mini at 720p (1280 x 720) and 5.0-inches for both the Ultra and MAXX, also at 720p (1280 x 720). All models feature the Motorola x8 mobile computing system that features 8 cores, but it’s not an octa-core. It has 2 app cores, 4 graphics cores, 1 contextual core, and 1 natural language core. Basically it’s a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. All models include 2GB of RAM and the Mini and Ultra get 16GB of storage, while the MAXX gets 32GB. You won’t find a microSD slot on any of the models. All three models will also feature a 10MP front camera and a 2MP front camera. The camera features clear pixel technology for faster processing and better low light performance. As to battery, the Mini has 2,000mAh, the Ultra has 2,130mAh, and the MAXX has 3,500mAh. You can expect 24 hours from both the Mini and the Ultra, while the MAXX will give you 48 hours.

As to the features, they have most of the same stuff we have already seen from the leaks on the Moto X. They feature “full time listening” in that you can say, “OK Google Now” and run apps or conduct searches without ever touching the phone. Active display turns your lock screen into a notification light in that it will let you know the time and what notifications you have received. Quick Capture will let you open the camera application with two quick shakes of the wrist. It works very well. You also get DROID ZAP, which lets you share photos and videos to other users within 300 feet. The DROID ZAP feature is available on any phone as a receiver only. The DROID Command Center is part of the three ring widget and allows you to connect to Miracast devices for wireless screen sharing.

All in all, the new DROID line looks like another winner for Verizon and Motorola. You will be able to get your hands on the Ultra and MAXX on August 20th for $199 and $299 respectively. The Mini will be available August 29 for $99. The Mini will be available in white and black, the Ultra in black and red, and the MAXX in only black. Check out our hands on video below.







About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • kary

    No removable battery???? No MicroSD. No IR?????

  • GW

    Top of the line prices without top of the line hardware? Great….

  • kala

    2 front cameras? cool…