Verizon Wireless announces the latest Motorola DROID Smartphones

New Droid Smartphones

Verizon Wireless has added some new models to their popular line-up of DROID-branded smartphones by announcing a trio of all new Motorola devices. The Motorola Droid Maxx, Ultra and Mini are available for preorder right now and will retail for $299, $199, and $99 with a new two-year contract.

Verizon Wireless and Motorola played a huge role in helping Android-powered smartphones become popular with the release of the original Motorola DROID way back in October of 2009 and I’m happy to see the two companies working together again.

Each of the new Motorola DROID smartphones have slightly different hardware configurations, so I will briefly touch on each device separately.

The Motorola Droid Mini

Motorola Droid Mini

As the name would suggest, the Motorola Droid Mini is the smallest of the new Moto DROID smartphones. It is also the most affordable at just $99 with a new 2-year agreement. For that price, you’ll get a Verizon 4G LTE connected smartphone that features a 4.3 inch edge–to–edge LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Internally, the DROID Mini is powered by a dual core 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and a 2000 mAh battery pack.

You’ll also get a 2 megapixel front facing camera and a 10 megapixel rear camera. Both the front and rear cameras are capable of recording full 1080p HD videos and there is 16GB worth of built in storage for storing all of your photos and videos.

The Motorola Droid Mini is set to launch on the 29th of August.

The Motorola DROID Ultra

Droid Ultra

The Motorola Droid Ultra packs high-end hardware in a ultra-thin package. At just 7.18mm thick, the DROID Ultra will be the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone available when it launches and it features a 5 inch edge–to–edge Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 720.  The DROID Ultra is powered by a dual core Motorola X8 1.7GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.  Not bad at all for such a thin device.

The camera and storage specs are the same as the DROID Mini. So 2 mega pixel shooter up front, 10 megapixel in the rear and 16GB worth of storage. The Motorola Droid Ultra comes with a 2,130 mAh battery, which should be good for 28 hours worth of normal usage.

Verizon Wireless will launch the DROID Ultra on the 20th of August, and the device will retail for $199 with a new 2-year agreement.

The DROID Maxx

Motorola Droid MaxThe Motorola DROID Maxx is nearly identical to the DROID Ultra, but with one significant difference. The DROID Maxx doesn’t try to be the thinnest smartphone, instead it aims to be the longest lasting by packing a massive 3500 mAh Li–Ion battery pack. Motorola and Verizon are saying that the DROID Maxx will be able to handle two full days worth of use on a single charge with normal usage. That is pretty incredible.

While the DROID Maxx doesn’t try to be ultra-thin, it isn’t exactly thick either. It measures in at just 8.9mm thick, which isn’t bad at all when you consider how much room that gigantic battery pack must be taking up.

Along with the larger battery, the DROID Maxx will also include 32GB worth of built in storage. It will launch on the 20th of August, and will retail for $299 with a new 2-year agreement.

Software

As far as software goes, all three new Motorola DROID smartphones will ship with Android 4.2.2 and will include some new software features made by Motorola, the most interesting of which is something called Touchless Control. With Motorola Touchless Control, users will be able to control their smartphone without touching it. The phone will automatically listen for voice commands which can allow you to do things like search the internet, get directions via Google Maps, or call someone. Pretty cool stuff. Another new software feature is Active Display, which aims to help save battery power by only using a small portion of the display to show certain types of information. For example, instead of the entire screen lighting up just for displaying the time or notifications, a small part of the screen will display that information for you.

Each of the new Verizon Wireless Motorola DROID smartphones with come with a special beta invite code for Ingress and If you pick one up before September 30th, you’ll also receive six months of Google Play Music All Access for free.

You can find more information about the Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid Mini, Ultra and Maxx, at DroidDoes.com