Motorla is back in business with the Motorola X, Verizon Wireless Droid Ultra, Droid Mini and Droid Maxx all soon to be released. The main question in the mind of consumers is, what is the difference between all of these new Motorla phones and which one should I buy?
Evleaks has helped clarify the distinction between some of the devices:
To clarify: DROID Ultra=XT1080, DROID MAXX=XT1080M, DROID Mini=XT1030, and Moto X=XT1060
— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 5, 2013
The Motorola DROID Family, 2013. from left to right: DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX pic.twitter.com/hn9xpQMDV9
— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 10, 2013
The Motorola X has received extensive coverage and we have a pretty good idea of the release date, specs, features, design and price. The Motorola X release date is this summer. It was thought that the launch would be as soon as July 11 after Motorola released an ad on July 4 touting the "Made in America" aspect of the phone. Motorola has officially shot down the notion that the Motorola X will appear tomorrow, so consumers will have to content themselves with a longer wait. We can now likely expect the Motorola X release date to be August 8 with the rest of the Verizon Wireless lineup.
Motorola X specs are fairly well established, the phone is known to be a mid-range device, albeit boasting powerful sensors. @evleaks reported: "Anyway, the specs include a 720p display of unknown dimensions and 1.7GHz dual-core Krait CPU with 2GB of RAM on the MSM8960 Pro chipset. Internal memory is 16GB, but a microSD card slot isn't mentioned."
It's worth nothing that the processor is only the 1.7 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a dual core and not the quad-core that would put the phone on par with most other devices currently on the market. The display size is rumored to be 4.5 to 4.7-inches with 16GB of internal storage, and apparently stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Stock Android would make sense given Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility and the trouble that customized UI's cause for Android device fragmentation.
It is worth taking into account Motorola X sensors, which according to CEO Dennis Woodside would contain a gyroscope and accelerometer which would be always-on, allowing the phone to know when users are traveling in a car and when the phone is in a user's pocket. The sensors would allow the Motorola X to anticipate what the user would want and need. For example, if you are in a car and slow down while taking the phone out of your pocket, it might automatically open up the camera app by anticipating that you have seen something interesting and want to take a picture.
Motorola X price is estimated to be in the mid to upper $200 range, overall an affordable and cheap "Nexus Experience" device. Given the fact that the phone is expected to run stock Android, users could be getting a mid-range almost-Nexus device for a fairly low price. While the hardware isn't customizable, the July 4 ad promised that the phone itself would be highly customizable.
Motorola Droid Ultra:
The Motorola Droid Ultra release date is expected to be August 8. The information comes from a leaked commercial storyboard which shows that the Motorola Droid will be released in August as a Verizon Wireless phone. It's unclear if the RAZR name will still be used for the Droid Ultra, but the Droid Ultra is thought to be an upgraded version of the Droid RAZR HD.
We have some leaked pictures from @evleaks:
— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 10, 2013
Motorola DROID Ultra fully revealed http://t.co/uhq0T34E4b
— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 8, 2013
Motorola Droid Ultra specs are rumored to include a 4.7" HD Super Amoled display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and 16GB of internal storage coupled with a microSD slot. It's actually fairly similar to the Motorola X with regard to specs.
The Droid Ultra will have a Kevlar body, traditional for Motorola and a 2MP front facing camera. Where the Droid Ultra distinguishes itself from the Motorola X is in the camera, where a leaked photo shows some nice capability, "The photo's resolution 4320 x 2432 pixels, which translates to 10MP (10.5MP, to be exact) with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This means that either the smartphone has a brand new 10MP sensor with a 16:9 aspect or a 14MP sensor with a conventional 4:3 aspect that has been cropped to widescreen ratio."
It's still too early to nail down a Droid Ultra price but based off the specs it should be priced competitively with the Motorola X.
Motorola Droid Maxx:
The Motorola Droid Maxx release date is expected to be August 8, along with the rest of the upcoming Verizon Wireless line. The Droid Maxx is thought to be an upgraded version of the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD.
Motorola DROID MAXX, for Verizon, 2013 pic.twitter.com/m3sGTsrRlT
— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 6, 2013
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The Droid Maxx specs aren't known in as much detail as the Droid Ultra or Motorola X however one feature of the Droid Maxx that is causing waves is the rumored 48 hours battery life. Yes, you read correctly. The Droid Maxx will have a battery capacity better than the 3300mAh battery the Droid RAZR Maxx currently has. A full two days without recharging could be the selling point of the Droid Maxx. As with other Motorola phones, the Droid Maxx body will be durable Kevlar.
CNET speculates that it's possible that aside from the battery there may not be any other spec improvement, which in our mind makes the Droid Maxx of questionable value.
Motorola Droid Mini:
The Motorola Droid Mini release date is August 8. The Droid Mini specs is expected to be an upgrade to the Droid RAZR M. The Droid Mini specs can be expected to be somewhat inferior to the above devices, though the tradeoff will clearly be a sub $200 price point which isn't a bad deal provided the specs haven't been compromised on too much. Like the other devices it will have a Kevlar body and gorilla glass screen.
The Droid Mini screen size is likely to be somewhere around 4.5-inches based off @evleaks side by side comparison.
The Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini are all highly durable devices based on their Kevlar body and Gorilla Glass screen. You could probably use the screen to hammer a nail in without any problem.
You really can't complain about durability. In terms of specs, all three phones are likely to be quite comparable to the Motorola X, or in some cases perhaps even better. It's possible that the Droid Maxx could have a quad-core processor. Naturally, we can expect the specs of the Droid Mini to be worse than the rest, with the tradeoff of a much cheaper price point.
We expect all of these phones to end up somewhere in the $200 range. Overall these are all mid-ranged devices from Motorola, nothing we would describe as flagships yet. It seems that Motorola is still preparing itself to get back into the smartphone game and is shaking itself awake.
Overall, based off what we know about release date, specs, price and features, we would recommend the Motorola X, but both the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx are worth keeping an eye on. As more information about all four devices emerges, we may find something that tips the scales a certain way.
Which phone will you be getting based off the known release date, specs, price and features? The Motorola X, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx or Droid Mini?