The brand new lineup of Motorola DROID smartphones are set to march into Verizon Wireless stores and reach the shelves later this month. Confirmed for August 20th the brand new DROID Ultra and DROID MAXX are quite the impressive pair, coming with 5-inch displays and a brand new 10 megapixel “Clear Pixel” camera, we’re taking a first look at the retail DROID Ultra.

The DROID Ultra and MAXX are selling in waves from Verizon’s online store, and shipping dates have already been pushed back a week. You’ll need to run into your nearest store come August 20th if you want to get your hands on one. Surely you’ve seen the teaser commercials the past few weeks, and now we’re getting our hands all over the new phone so read on to see what we think.


The entire family will be the Ultra, MAXX, and the new Mini, following lasts years RAZR HD, MAXX HD, and DROID M. Everything has been improved this time around, and that familiar Kevlar look is back to rock the DROIDs. In the DROID Ultra and MAXX we’re working with a 5-inch 1280 x 720p HD display, no 1080p here, but Moto says that will help out on battery life. To be honest the screen still looks crisp, sharp, and quite excellent.

Under the display is Moto and Qualcomm’s joint effort with the X8 Computing system. Which is the dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor along with some extra GPU cores, and two cores for voice and computer learning. Running at 1.7 GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, here’s a quick video for an idea on the hardware.

We’ll be digging through the software and all those “touchless controls”, voice commands, always listening features, and Motorola Assist in our full review, which are all quite similar to the Moto X. In case you missed it, take a peek at our Moto X review for an idea of what to expect.

As far as initial impressions go, the Motorola Ultra is a solid and well rounded device. The thin design and rounded edges make it comfortable to hold, but it’s rather slippery. The fake Kevlar look covered in plastic isn’t our favorite, but it still feels extremely durable and well made. Running on the X8 computing system the smartphone is fast and fluid, and just because it’s a dual-core doesn’t mean it’s underpowered. We ran a quick benchmark just for fun but will be digging into everything in a full review coming soon.

Check out the additional pictures and drop us a comment below if you have any questions on the new Moto DROID.