Verizon & Motorola introduces Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini smartphones with “X8” technology



Today has seen the launch of a new line of Motorola’s Droid line-up Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and the Droid Mini, a fast glance brings into light the noticeable slim nature with the now trend of gorgeous displays showing the bright red backgrounds resembling the previous droids as we know them. The Ultra and Maxx are a follow up to a last year’s Droid Rarz HD and Rarz HD Maxx while the Mini is a new entry-level device that clearly is geared towards the low-end segment of the market.

On the individual specifications the Droid Maxx comes top of the Trio with its main catch being the 3500mAh battery that has a capability of lasting a steady 48hrs runtime comfortably as opposed to the 2130mAh capacity battery that can last short slightly over 24hrs.They both come with 5″ OLED 720p Display, Motorola X8 Computing System, Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, Touchless Control similar to that of the MotoX, 10 Megapixel back-facing camera, 2 Megapixel front-facing camera2, 16GB of On-board Storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.2.The Droid Maxx comes with a 32GB internal usable memory and a Gorilla glass and a width of 8.5mm slightly bigger compared to the Droid Ultra that measures 7.2 mm and comes with a 16GB on-board memory with no mention on the glass type. The Droid Mini on the other hand has specs similar to that of Droid ultra with the difference being on its diminutive size.

The three devices make use of a bundle of technologies that Motorola calls “X8” comprising of a dual-core application processor, four graphics cores, a contextual computing core, and another core for “natural language processing.” Multiple cores designed for different processes like voice recognition should leave the dual-core processor free to handle traditional tasks from apps and save battery at the same time. .And for those of us that prefer to have the phones first the pre-order season is here running from today to the 20th of August when the phones will hit the stores. The devices will be priced at $99 for the Mini, $199 for the Ultra, and $299 for the Maxx, with two-year contracts. The X8 apparently is all based on the voice-recognition chip, which allows the phones to respond to spoken commands while maintaining a low-power state so as not to drain the battery.

The technology behind X8 Is a custom made system on-a-chip that makes use of the Qualcomm Krait CPU cores and Adreno GPU as the draft designs. The manufacturers of the chip are not at the moment known as Motorola declined to comment on the same.