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Last Updated: July 23rd, 2013

The upcoming DROID MAXX for Verizon Wireless has been rumored for a while now, but @evleaks has just posted an image of the device. Here it is in all its glory.

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The design doesn't look like a radical departure from past Verizon DROIDs made by Motorola. It looks a bit closer to the RAZR M than the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, though. The kevlar texture wraps around a bit and the corners aren't as pointy. Additionally, it appears Motorola is going back to capacitive buttons after using on-screen ones in the last generation. Also of note, there are no logos on the front of the device. That would give it a very cool "2001 monolith" vibe – similar to Nexus devices.

We're told @evleaks is confident this is the final look. No specs are available yet, but the model number is expected to be XT1080M.

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  • Joseph Pojunis

    Reasons this leak is true:
    1. @evleaks
    2. Nobody would go through the trouble to make that eye on their own just for the sake of teasing people.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Oh, the image is legit, but the question is a) whether it's final and b) whether it was done by a lazy designer who forgot to pay attention to the minute details.

      • Joseph Pojunis

        I'm sure Verizon's logo will make it to the front, one way or another.

        • Brian Utne

          It's gonna be right where @evleaks is. :)

          • Kanaga Deepan N

            I guess it will be in the Kevlar at the bottom...

          • SetiroN

            on-screen logo! that'd be extreme even for VZW

          • Bojan Gutic

            I mean, it's the logical next step for them =]

        • Lou

          Would it be horrible if the Home button was the Verizon Logo itself?

          Think about it, its not like this is the first time a bad idea like this has been made a reality by Verizon.

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            Maybe all 3 buttons will just be "Verizon"

          • lewishnl

            lol

      • dtraini30

        I have a feeling that it will be software buttons, just a bad designer job. I mean Motorola = Google, you think they would make Google happy with the software buttons.

        • Nomaan

          these already look like on screen button and not capacitive.

          • lewishnl

            look closer at the two black tones.

  • valkyrie743

    this phone failed already in my eyes. im sick of companies that think they must use these shit Capacitive buttons

    • sri_tech

      I don't think that will be a big problem for most users.
      The thing I don't like is ugly designs. Never a fan of kevlar designs.

      Even after 1-2 years I wished Google influence moto to bring new designs.

      • Guest

        I think its awesome that they look just like the stock buttons.

      • Drew M

        I like the kevlar...it's scratch resistant and gives a firm grip.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      At least it's the usual layout that Google wants. Unlike the Samsung layout and that crap and useless two-button layout that HTC has come up with. On-screen buttons are great, but not necessarily the way to go for every device (I prefer on-screen, but many don't, and I don't blame them).

    • Jeroen Pardon

      There's more than enough choice in devices using hardware buttons, what's there to get sick about. Other people like software buttons, get over it.

      • knightsbore

        Uh the problem is there arent any with on screen button and every manufacturer insists on doing a weird combo of the capacative buttons that just ends up taking pictures of the inside of your pocket

        • Jeroen Pardon

          My bad, I thought these were on screen buttons. In that case we agree :)

    • 80hd

      I've had my Galaxy Nexus for almost two years after just a few months with a Droid X. My next phone absolutely will not have software buttons... They seem to be all compromise and no benefit.

  • Matthew Merrick

    Why. Freakin why. Either onscreen buttons or include a menu button. Annoying else is just WRONG.

    • SetiroN

      sorry but YOU are wrong for wishing for a deprecated, legacy function to stay alive and keep boggling the UI.

      • knightsbore

        um no you are wrong the capacative buttons are what was supposed to be deprecated

        • wynalazca

          Nope. The menu button was deprecated. The on-screen navigation is recommended. In reality though, more usable screen space >>>> on-screen navigation. Also, if an app has the black bar menu button (on devices with no menu key) then that's the app developer's fault for not updating their ui past 2.3 and still having a legacy menu. Android 3.0+ has no menu at all. The "menu" is the action bar and everything on it is called an "action item." If there's too many action items to fit on the action bar, they fall off into the "action overflow" which is that 3-dot button that is there sometimes and not there sometimes. Also note: the action overflow is NOT a menu button.

      • Matthew Merrick

        So you'd rather have a compromised user experience like all other devices with Physical keys and no menu button have? The Black Bar Of Doom is enough to keep people from buying HTCs.

  • Freak4Dell

    Really odd that they would go back to capacitive buttons. Not that I mind at all, but still odd.

  • Suhrd Joshi

    The capacitive buttons aren't even exactly center aligned. Can't be.

  • Kanaga Deepan N

    What I can guess is Verizon asked them to put their LOGO on the place below screen. Motorola then said, "NO NO, we have capacitive buttons there and you please use the WHOLE backside except where the camera is"....

    • Craig Simpson

      Probably correct...

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  • Natty Bee

    Looks like a step backwards to me

  • scaarg

    It isnt the Droid Ultra? Maxx is just the name for the bigger member of the family.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's possible but evleaks thinks they're different.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    No front logos is good, it's one thing Apple does extremely well (among others), and lent awesome looks to both the GNex and Nexus 4. Every company should follow this. :P

    Capacitive buttons aren't my cup of tea anymore, but as long as they follow the button configuration of Google's, well, good enough, saves screen space for those that need it.

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  • gr227

    More of the same ole crap from Motorola and Verizon. Cant wait to see the crappy "Droid" commercials for this.

  • Firelight

    A) Huge Bezel
    B) Capacitive Buttons?
    C) Huge lip under buttons?
    D) THIS is Moto's "Hero" phone?

    • Larizard

      Obviously, this is a red-herring. As the Moto X hype is slowly ramping up, Google needs to divert blogs' attention somewhere else.

      If anything else, this could be another of those phones on the "pipeline" from the old Moto.

    • needa

      the razr is not the hero. that is the moto x.

      • Firelight

        This is not a RAZR, either.

        • needa

          fair enough. ill edit for the picky.

  • Tamadrummer94

    That doesn't look very different at all, and look at the styling of the capacitive buttons...I believe those are the same used in last year's model with Moto's ugly interface. So much for stock android, super thin bezels, and a new (not ugly) look.

  • Michael Pahl

    1080...p?

  • jamaall

    If its as strong as my razr m, I'll take it. This thing doesn't break

    • DJ SPY

      I have a Maxx HD and I've dropped it HARD right on the screen shot 5 times and it has zero scratches.

  • Asphyx

    Why does anyone care that a phone that is likely only being released due to design cost and manufacturing commitments isn't a great phone when we all know no one is going to buy this knowing full well a Googarola X phone is just a few months away from release?

    This is merely a release to end the OLD Motorola Development line to try and recover some of the costs sunk into it before Google bought them out.

    Much ado bout nothin if you ask me...If the XPhone has capacitive buttons then you got something to complain about!

    • Joseph Pojunis

      "knowing full well a Googarola X phone is just a few months away from release"
      None of us know that. Motorola hasn't said that, Google hasn't said that, hell, even the newspaper ad didn't say that. For all we know, it could be another year before it's even announced.

      • Asphyx

        So you HAVE to buy a Droid Maxx because you HAVE to buy a phone this year because you can't wait for a REAL PHONE to come out?

        So Poo Poo it has capacitive buttons?

        Must you have a new phone for EVERY calendar year?

        Just get a Galaxy and stop worrying about Motorola finishing out it's old stock and R&D. Maybe it won't matter when the XPhone comes out because you wll have one you DO like by then.

        • Joseph Pojunis

          "So you HAVE to buy a Droid Maxx because you HAVE to buy a phone this year because you can't wait for a REAL PHONE to come out?"
          You're very good at putting words in other people's mouths, or in this case, keyboards. I'm not going to buy this phone either, but not for your reasons. My Nexus 4 is fine, and I don't need to upgrade. No need to be a prick just because you're on the internet.

  • Stiggy

    All I want is an LTE phone with on screen buttons that is current gen.