Motorola has jointly announced a refreshed DROID smartphone lineup with Verizon Wireless during its press briefing today, with the new line being split into three separate but equal flagship devices in the $99 Droid Mini, $199 Ultra, and $299 Maxx Android smartphones.
Both the Ultra and MAXX smartphones will launch on August 20th to take advantage of the Back-to-School season as well as launching a full week ahead of the debut of the Verizon Edge early upgrade program launching for those that want to upgrade to these devices as quickly as possible on the 25th. All three devices will feature the following key updates to the DROID smartphone line, which will be exclusive to the new devices:
- DROID Command Center will centralize all of the important alerts and information most commonly accessed by users at a glance, such as weather conditions, missed calls/messages and battery life.
- DROID Zap will utilize wireless data access and cloud storage to send content to other devices without needing to support specific hardware dependent technologies such as NFC or Wi-Fi Direct
- Miracast wireless broadcast support for sending multimedia to displays as well as display mirroring
- Built-in wireless charging support via Qualcomm’s WiPower standard built into its current processor line.
- Motorola’s custom “X8 Mobile Computing System” which takes the reference Snapdragon designs and adds additional application cores for voice calls and always-on voice recognition without drawing excessive amounts of power
- Touchless Control, which allows for complete device control without needing to physically interact with the device.
The Droid MAXX features a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory and LTE underpinned by Android Jelly Bean 4.2. The DROID Mini will launch on August 29th and feature a 10 megapixel camera and a slight decrease in storage to 16GB with a smaller 4.3 inch display, but will otherwise be identical to the DROID Ultra and MAXX.