Motorola and Verizon announces three new Droids, one with 48 hour battery life

Motorola and Verizon announces three new Droids, one with 48 hour battery life

Summary: Verizon and Motorola announced the next generation of Droids with three new models ranging from $100 to $300 in price. The Droid Maxx has a reported 48 hours of battery life and that has me interested in checking one out.

SHARE:
3
DroidUltra_366x252
(Image: Verizon)

Admittedly, I really didn't care too much about any Motorola announcements for new Droid on Verizon given the upcoming Moto X and all the other excellent smartphones. I then heard about the Droid Maxx having a reported 48 hours of battery under "normal" usage and my ears perked up.

I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I might get through one full day on a modern smartphone, but given that my days typically last from 4:15 am to 10:00 pm it is rare to even go a full day without connecting to a power source. The Droid Maxx will be priced at $299.99 under contract on Verizon with a launch data of 20 August. It is powered by a 3,500 mAh battery (with wireless charging capability), but remains only 8.5mm thick with a 5 inch display. It also includes a 10 megapixel camera.

Motorola also announced the Droid Ultra at $199.99. It also comes with a 5 inch display and includes a Kevlar shell, 2,130 mAh battery, and 7.1 mm thickness. The Droid Mini has a 4.3 inch display and wireless charging while being priced at $99.99

It has been years since I tried a Motorola Droid device, but when I hear of a device that may last through my very long day and into the next I get more interested. Engadget posted a first look at the event and I have to say it looks quite nice.

There are some new software features in the devices, such as Droid Zap that lets you share photos between Droid devices, Active Display that displays shortcuts to notifications when you hover over the display, and Quick Capture that lets you shake the phone to launch the camera. I understand there are more software features that look to also be part of the Moto X device, such as the voice control ability to say "OK Google Now" and have Google Now launch without touching the phone.

You will be able to pre-order the devices today at DroidDoes.com where we should be able to also get access to the full specifications.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Verizon

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

3 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • I think battery life is the next big cell phone differentiator

    The horse race is a lot closer with the major players on the market for features and apps on smartphones. So a new differentiator needs to come out.

    For myself, and I suspect many others, not having to check the battery level through the day on the phone and not having to top up the battery whenever I can spot an opportunity would be very compelling. My old 'feature phone' was able to go days without charging. And my old work BlackBerry Curve had similar staying power. I miss taking for granted that my cell phone's battery life would have at least a couple of days of stamina.
    achilles heal
    • I completely agree!

      It already has for me. I tried the RAZR maxx and it failed in my expectations for an all day battery life. This time around, I found my battery problem solved for the time being with having two batteries for my galaxy s4. Its currently the only solution for my battery needs. Maybe the new maxx would work for me but I wont know...
      Rick St. Vincent
  • Putting my phone down on the wireless charging pad

    when I go to sleep is so easy I am fine with a phone that lasts all day. More is always nice but certainly not any sort of game changer. Moto strikes out if this is what they consider differentiation.
    Johnny Vegas