droid maxx

Despite the fact that it’s gearing up to launch the Moto X next week, Motorola joined Verizon on stage this morning at a very low key event in New York City to introduce a trio of new Droid smartphones: the Droid Mini, the Droid Ultra, and the Droid Maxx.

All 3 handsets seem like decent offerings, but the Mini and the Ultra were most decidedly overshadowed by the Droid Maxx. In addition to its 5-inch, HiDef OLED display and 8-core processor, the Maxx promises up to 48 hours of ‘typical use’ battery life…

droid maxx battery

48 hours. Wow. Let’s put that into perspective. Apple says that the iPhone 5 battery is good for up to 8 hours of talk time on 3G networks, and 8 hours of Internet use. And in general, reviewers have found that the device lasts about 12 hours with ‘typical use.’

Motorola reportedly achieves this amazing feat with a 3,500 mAh battery. But even with the bigger pack, the Maxx is only 8.5mm and sports the X8 system-on-a-chip—an 8-core chip with 2 app cores, 4 graphics cores, and two contextual/natural language cores.

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Other Maxx hardware specs include 2GB of RAM, a 10-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 32GB of internal storage. The casing is surrounded by gorilla glass and kevlar, and is both durable and water resistant.

On the software side, the Maxx is said to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and sport a host of features. For instance, it has the Moto X‘s always-on Google Now assistant, as well as a ‘Quick Capture’ camera launcher and a media sharing feature called ‘Droid Zap.’

Here’s a hands-on video from CNET:

Over all, the new Droid Maxx looks extremely impressive on paper, but it’ll be interesting to see how well all of this translates into every day use. We’re not sure it’ll be enough to topple the Galaxy S4, or to lure customers aware from the Moto X or iPhone 5S.

If you’re interested, the Maxx will be available from Verizon starting August 20. The price is a bit steep though, at $299.99 with a two-year contract.

Man, that 48-hour battery life sure is tempting, but nothing else about the device really appeals to me. What do you think of the Maxx?

images via The Verge

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Say Whaaaaaaat !!

  • Hmmm

    Damn. That’s looks and sounds like a mighty fine phone.

    • Kenny Woodard

      Just wait for the Note 3. Rumored to have a 5.7″ 1080p display. 3gb of ram. 3,700 mAh battery. More integrated S-pen. Android 4.3 That phone is going to be a monster.

      • Maxim∑

        Snapdragon 800!

      • Kenny Woodard

        Oh yes lol.

      • Sergio Maduro

        but does it last 48 hours?

      • Kenny Woodard

        It hasn’t been released yet.. But I’d say probably 36 hours. The Note 2 had a great battery.

      • RarestName

        For the first few months, based on what my cousins and stepbrother said.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Well they said the iPhone 5 would only have 8hrs but it was found to hold out for four more hours than the announced numbers. Maybe the DROID maxx will hold out for 52 hours

      • Matthew Cooper

        Im holding out for the Note 3. I agree its gonna be a beast

      • only a small percentage want a 6″ tablet as a phone though

  • pauleebe

    I think I speak for everyone when I say, the next iPhone doesn’t need to be thinner but have better battery life!

    Hopefully refined LTE chips, better battery tech, a lower consuming A7 and iOS 7 can expand iPhone battery life!

    • Gorgonphone

      yeah my 5 battery is fine but i have background manager taxing the hell out of it..

    • @sexyhamthing

      agreed, sometimes you can be too thin….. i find the ipod touch 5g… almost … worrysome… to use without a case to add something to the back

    • beezlebub

      yea, the new smartphones, ever try making a 60 second video at face height, after 30 seconds we start shaking, true a phone doesn’t need to look like a pancake tho pancake could be next program update, they already had the ice cream update a few years back

  • Maxim∑

    Besides battery life this phone isnt that great. Its technically a dual core chip no matter how they word it… The moto X seems to have a nicer design

    • Elias Chao

      iPhone 5 is dual core too 😉

      • Gorgonphone

        yeah but iphone 5 is the best phone on earth now and most desired.. lol thats why every damn phone is compared to iPhone 5 …only phone that will kill iphone 5 is the 5S and 6…

      • Kenny Woodard

        Take away the Apple logo.. And iPhone 5 is completely obsolete to at least 5 other phones right now.

      • Joseph

        I’ve mentioned this before, and I’ll mention it again. If it was the most desired phone, absolutely everyone would be saving up to get it. A lot of Android phones beat it spec-wise, and the latest versions of Android are very well optimized for better performance (and if they aren’t, you can install some tweaks to make it even better, without rooting, do even more with rooting, or install a custom ROM, with the iPhone’s only custom firmware being whited00r).

        Listen closely. I don’t have anything against Apple, just like the people who downvoted your comment. What I do have something against is people like you, blatant fanboys who are only here to piss people off and troll on articles you don’t need to be in. At this point, your feedback is irrelevant, worthless, and unappreciated. Just saying.

      • Kash Gummaraju

        The only reason other phones are compared the iPhone each time is because it’s a major player in the industry not because of its actual good features

      • Gorgonphone

        Iphone is the number one player in the industry and so is ipad

      • Kash Gummaraju

        Just stop no one thinks the iPhone is the industry leader anymore. It’s just a major player that’s all. If anyone it’s Google due to innovations such as glass, Chromecast and the other markets its creating. The iPad may have opened up the tablet market but other than that it hasn’t driven it as of recent events. Please stop your pointless trolling. If I was trolling I would be saying how apple sucks and things like that. I’m still saying how its a major player and such. So go away you mindless fan boy who’s been hooked on Apple since 1997

      • Gorgonphone

        Lol you can type 10000000 words and use the word troll all you want and the fact wil still remn that ioad and iphone are still the most desired phone and tablet combination FACT….

        I wish android dint suck but it does ….

      • Maxim∑

        yeah thats true but iOS is a lot lighter than Android for now. Apple is being stupid and continues to put 512MB of RAM in their devices… Cant wait to see how much memory iOS 7 will take..

      • Sergio Maduro

        wow, the iphone 5 has 1GB RAM not 512MB.

      • Maxim∑

        yes I know… I forgot to add the word “some” I meant iPad Mini,iPod 5 etc..

      • Elias Chao

        We all know that iPhone works well because of Apple made both hardware and software.

  • Gorgonphone

    lol here we go again another big boring android phone that will be forgotten on 3 weeks..lol the only android phone anyone cares about it the galaxy series..

    • Sergio Maduro

      they buy it just because it has a SAMSUNG logo on it.

      • Vitaliy Anonymous

        Just like people buy Apple products because of the logo in it.

      • RarestName

        People buy everything because of the brands 🙂

      • I buy mainly because of functionality. Guess that’s what makes me different…

      • RarestName

        It’s functionality in a brand that makes it attractive. For example, if someone bough a laptop from Brand X, and he likes the features on it, he will definitely think of Brand X the next time he wants to purchase a laptop.

    • Joseph

      …If all people cared about was the Galaxy series, then there wouldn’t be other phones being sold. Motorola wouldn’t still be making phones (even though Google bought them!), nor would other companies. Obviously, your viewpoint is wrong, and it’s reduced to trolling at this point.

    • @sexyhamthing

      *very long exhale of breath*
      *slap to the face*
      *hangs you from a tree to make an example*

    • Mat Whitaker

      Apples should be eradicated. Marketing sells phones. Samsung S4 and note 2 blow the iphone apart in all aspects. Better camera, better screen, easier to add additional storage, more free apps, better processor and if you want additional battery life you can carry a spare in your pocket. If apple phone batteries die outside the warranty you end up spending £100+ getting the phone stripped apart by a specialist. You want more local storage oh hang on you cant have any. The only thing which is marginally better on the iphone 5 is the app Siri. Lets face it, its only a matter of time before Android bring out a true competitor to knock apple well and truly off its pedestal. Lets not forget if you want to connect an iphone to your TV you have to buy a specialist lead. If your charger packs up you have to buy a special lead. You really are stupid throwing your money at something that is no where near as good. Over priced and shameful. Now Steve Jobs is not here to rip off other companies ideas the beginning of apples demise is upon us. Give it 10 years and watch them being taken over by MS or Google! lol

  • Emm Bee

    Nothing going on in Apple land today? Is that why iDownloadBlog is writing about Android phone announcements? ._.

    • Sergio Maduro

      Like he said, the battery life is what got his attention not the phone itself.

      • Emm Bee

        Battery life on an Android phone deserves its own post on an Apple/iOS blog? Really?

    • MarcPhilippeB

      fyi: This is pretty relevant for Apple

      • Emm Bee

        So then why not write about any and all Android phones? There are so many that are relevant for Apple.

  • n0ahcruz3

    If only we could have that battery life on the iphone.

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    For me it feels like cheating if you have a bigger phone to house a bigger battery.

    • :/

      That’s such a stupid thought process. The size of a phone is a design choice. The only thing stopping Apple from having a bigger phone is Apple themselves. How is it cheating if a diff maker decides to opt for a larger phone? Stop kissing Apple’s ass. Even Apple themselves have realized they can’t stick with the same design forever hence the iPhone 5.

      • JL


      • Ignacio Irigoyen

        Sorry, I think you misunderstood me, it was not my intention to bash your androidism. I was just commenting that Apple has to work with less space, so it is harder to put a huge battery.

        Also, I relay think that in the inception of 5”+ phones was just an excuse to have more space to put more power on the phone.

        I like not needing to carry an extra bag just for my phone, and I appreciate Apples intention to put as much power in a small phone as the other have in a big phone.

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  • Liam Mulcahy

    It looks like the Droid Maxx is thing to beat for apple. No matter is you are a apple fanboy or not this looks great on paper.

    • Joseph

      Great on paper, but will it be great on the field? Hopefully it will, because this thing looks great.

  • batongxue

    The HTC Butterfly S packs a 3200mah battery and the performance is much better.

  • Jack Wong

    wow… $299 with 2 years contract… with Verizon…

  • MunnySwirl

    720p on a 5″ screen is lame. 1080p should be the standard now on highend phones including the iPhone.

    • RarestName

      Isn’t it 1080p? The Mini is the one which has a 720p screen.

      • MunnySwirl

        The guy from the cnet video said 720p display.

  • Rayman

    Does anyone know how water resistant the phone is ? Is it only water resistant or is it waterproof. Can you jump into the pool with this phone ?
    I’m having a horrible experience with the Xperia Z – acclaimed water resistance.

  • beezlebub

    If they went parallel with the maxx you would get 5 amps of battery power at the same 3.7 volts, good gawd imagine skyping your friends a full 24 hours

  • Jake Thomas

    best battery and good color display, with active display, touchless commands, a speedy processor, and quad core graphics chip, charging in 1 hour, 5 inch display, what is not to like? it is still arguably one of the best smart phones on the market. getting the best of all worlds.

    feel free to leave the brightness up, bluetooth and wifi on, gps, you name it