Motorola’s latest smartphones, the Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra, are now officially available at Verizon. The phones are available both online and at the physical stores, though you’ll have to wait a week if you order online, as they will start shipping on August 27.
Motorola Droid Ultra costs $199.99 with a two-year contract, while the Droid Maxx will cost you $100 more. The two smartphones are Motorola’s flagship devices for the carrier, which will not get the Moto X, being exclusive to AT&T.
The two high-end devices are competing directly with the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and the iPhone 5. Both smartphones have basically the same features. You pay $100 more for the Droid Maxx because it comes with 32GB of internal storage instead of 16Gb on the Droid Ultra, and a 3,500 mAh battery instead of the 2,130 mAh one. The Droid Maxx is also 1.3mm thicker due to the larger battery size.
Both the Motorola Droid Maxx and Droid Ultra featurea 5-inch Super Amoled display with 720×1,280 pixels and a 294 PPI density, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 1.7 Ghz dual-core Krait CPU, Adreno 320 GPU, 4G LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac. They also come with a 10MP Clearpixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture, which should be superior to its competitors cameras. The Maxx weights 167 g, while the Ultra only 137 g, which is quite a bit of a difference, also caused by the larger battery capacity.
The two smartphones come with a slower processor than their competitors, even if Motorola marketed them as featuring an octa-core. When they called it an octa-core, they combined all the processing core into one, so the eight cores are as following: two standard processing cores, one contextual computing processor core, one natural language processor core and 4 graphics processing cores. The display resolution is also inferior to their competitors, being only 720p, while the Galaxy S4, for example, comes with an 1080p display.