Verizon introduces three new Droids for several budgets


Verizon showed off three new additions to the Droid Line Tuesday, July 24 -- the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx (Courtesy of Verizon/Courtesy of Verizon)
July 23, 2013

Verizon lifted the curtain on three new smartphones bearing the Droid name from Google’s Motorola Mobility on Tuesday, aimed at a variety of price points.

The phones -- the Motorola Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx — were debuted at a New York City event and will be available for $99, $199 and $299, respectively, with a two-year contract.

The devices feature new controls for taking pictures, allowing users to “quick capture” photos by shaking their phone twice and then tapping anywhere on the screen to take a picture. The photo-snapping feature is expected to be included inn Motorola’s upcoming and much-hyped Moto X, according to a report from Android Police.

The phones announced Tuesday will also enable users to quickly share photos with other “new Droid owners nearby,” Verizon said, and recipients can receive the photos by swiping down on their screens. The company did not offer specifics on the distance range for this type of photo sharing.

The Droid Mini features a 4.3-inch display and has wireless charging capabilities. The Droid Ultra is serving as the line’s new flagship, with a 5-inch display and a claim to being the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone on the market at 0.28 inches. It will come in black and red models.

Verizon also added to its Droid Maxx line, which boasts long battery life. The new Droid Maxx is very like the Ultra, but a little thicker at 0.33 inches, and has battery life of up to two days on a single charge, Verizon said.

All the phones have the Kevlar bodies that have become a hallmark for the Droid line, though Motorola did deviate from tradition by not offering a new phone with the RAZR name in this generation.

The Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx are expected to hit stores on Aug. 20; the Droid Mini will be available in stores on Aug. 29. All are now available for pre-order.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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