Motorola DROID ULTRA spotted – no sign of Google’s influence

July 7, 2013
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Earlier this week the first press images appeared of Motorola's upcoming DROID MAXX, but today we have something even better. An actual look at the hardware of the DROID ULTRA. Leaked over on XDA we're potentially looking at the Verizon-bound DROID ULTRA in white, and the phone shows no signs of Google's influence, to say the least.

There is absolutely zero details to go along with the leak, but hopefully more will be coming. A random 1-post user over on XDA revealed the photo, so we're stuck waiting for more. Right out the gate we see Motorola has changed their mind from last year, and they've returned to capacitive touch hardware buttons. Which has us confused.

Recently Motorola moved away from hardware capacitive touch buttons to on-screen buttons, then the latest Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR, RAZR HD, and RAZR MAXX HD all saw Motorola change the design to stock Android too. This means the actual look of the back, home, and menu button looked how we see above, originally (which is the old design) and after the latest update changed to look just as Google offers with stock Android on a Nexus.

Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 4.49.58 PM

This leak leads us to believe Motorola changed their mind on both aspects. Which is odd to say the least considering many though they were slowly headed into a more Google-inspired design. One idea is their DROID phones for Verizon will be capacitive with the old design, and the Moto X (above) will be on-screen buttons with the stock look. To differentiate Verizon's Moto phones from the rest of the pack.

That aside the design is similar to previous RAZR HD models, but is all white on the front. The bezel is fairly thin, but not as thin as the RAZR M, so that's a bummer. We're not sure what Motorola is doing here, and we're just as confused as they appear to be. In the meantime we'll be waiting for more leaks, and will update the minute we know more.

SOURCE: XDA -- Thanks to everyone who sent this in!


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  • Guest

    thats not the only thing I’m confused about. For the life of me I can’t figure out why Mototorola or Google would try to compete against the likes of Apple & Samsung with such mid-ranged specs. I mean seriously, a 720p screen & dual core processor, it’s just not going to cut it. Please…tell me why. I know specs aren’t everything but from a personal stand point …I would not trade in my Droid DNA with a 1080p screen & a snappy Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor (even if it is a little dated by Smartphone standards anyway) for the Moto X. I really think its a hard sell for anyone who knows anything about the smartphone industry.

  • Sonnyrock76

    Thats not the only thing I’m confused about. For the life of me I can’t figure out why Mototorola or Google would try to compete against the likes of Apple & Samsung with such mid-ranged specs. I mean seriously, a 720p screen & dual core processor, it’s just not going to cut it. Please…tell me why. I know specs aren’t everything but from a personal stand point …I would not trade in my Droid DNA with a 1080p screen & a snappy Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor (even if it is a little dated by Smartphone standards anyway) for the Moto X. I really think its a hard sell for anyone who knows anything about the smartphone industry.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Those are the rumored specs for the Moto X.. not the ULTRA

  • Jillxz

    I wish the ‘Droid” name be dropped from use. I see no need of of it anymore since the iPhone is no longer exclusive , I don’t see that Verizon needs the Droid name any longer.

  • haroldhendu

    That third paragraph is confusing and terribly written. ugh.

    “Not only has Motorola moved away from hardware capacitive touch buttons to on-screen buttons last year, but the latest Jelly Bean update for the DROID RAZR, RAZR HD, and RAZR MAXX HD all saw Motorola change the design to stock Android too. This means the actual look of the back, home, and menu button looked how we see above, originally, and after the latest update changed to look just as Google offers with stock Android on a Nexus.”