Motorola DROID Ultra and DROID Maxx announced by Verizon – Price, release date, specs, and features

The collaboration of Verizon and Motorola has just announced their latest and updated DROID family of phones.

The Motorola DROID Ultra and the Motorola DROID Maxx sport an improved Kevlar body which reduces the thickness and also makes them stronger than the last-gen DROID phones. The phones also feature a water-repellent nano-coating which would keep them dry.

An entirely new system-on-a-chip (SOC) has been designed by Motorola and is named Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System. It packs a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, quad core GPU and interestingly a contextual computing core alongside a separate core for processing natural language. There is also 2 GB RAM onboard.

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Both the phones have a 10 megapixel primary camera with f/2.4 lens and LED flash. Both the phones have a 5-inch OLED display with HD resolution. Both the phones have 32 GB internal storage capacity with NFC connectivity and 4G LTE.

The key feature of the Motorola DROID Maxx is its 48 hours battery backup. Motorola has claimed that any user with normal usage can squeeze this amount of battery backup. The battery has a capacity of 3,500 mAh.

The DROID Maxx is thinner than its predecessor RAZR MAXX HD and measures 8.5 mm in thickness. The DROID Ultra is even thinner than the DROID Maxx and measures 7.18 mm thick. Verizon says that it is the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone present in the market.

Both the phones run the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS. The OS is pretty much stock with a couple of custom widgets and some amazing software. Touchless control has also been provided in the phones.

Motorola DROID Ultra will feature a $199 price tag, whereas the DROID Maxx will cost $299. All the new members of the DROID family are available for pre-order and will be shipped from August 20.