Last Updated: July 23rd, 2013

Motorola is likely going to take the wraps of a new generation of DROIDs for Verizon Wireless soon, which would explain the recent leaks. The newest photo reportedly depicts the DROID Ultra (XT1080). There are a few interesting things going on here.


Firstly, this device has a strange black chin at the bottom. It looks like a shadow at first, but you can make out the faint pattern of Motorola's beloved kevlar material on it. It would appear the manufacturer is again making white phones that are only white on the front, but the wrap-around thing is new. Also of note, this device has capacitive buttons just like the supposed DROID MAXX render from the other day. The tiny Moto logo in the corner looks like the new version of the logo, so that matches at least.

We don't know how large the Ultra is, or how it compares to the DROID MAXX (both have been reported as having the same model number). We might find out at Motorola's July 11th event, but nothing is certain yet. As with all leaks, this could be a fake – it was posted by a new user on XDA with no other posts.

[XDA via Reddit]

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  • evolutionx1

    At first I thought the kevlar bottom is nothing but the shadow.

  • ddpacino

    They have to let the Crimson Chin idea Goooooooo! lol

  • Danny Davis

    This is Motorola leading in designing beautful phones? Reminds me of the chin on Jim Carey at the end of Me, My, and Irene.

  • Laurence

    Is it just me, or this kinda ugly? Surely there's been gestation enough time for Google's design influence to filter down through Motorola's product pipeline? So why are they still making ugly phones?

    • MasterMuffin

      Dem bezels!

      • ddpacino

        I don't mind the sides nor the top, but that bottom... O_O

        • MasterMuffin

          It's terrific! Wait, I mean terriBLE!

    • Danny Davis

      Even worse drop the kevlar and it looks like the front if the GSIV

    • ProductFRED

      I think that Google is purposely not benefiting Motorola because they don't want to give off the impression of bias, since they're working directly with a hardware manufacturer that they own. And not only one that they own, but one that happens to be a direct competitor (though at the moment not much of a threat) to the other OEMs.

    • mechapathy

      Definitely not just you. Those bezels plus the chrome speaker grille and the black kevlar just look all kinds of confused.

  • Freak4Dell

    The capacitive buttons are definitely a weird move, but a move that I like. I hate the two-toned look, though. They put white Kevlar on the white RAZR i, so I don't see why they wouldn't have done that for the white version of this phone.

    Oh well...we're all more interested in the X anyway.

  • TSON1

    Everyone is complaining about this chin like the RAZR M never existed tho.

  • someguy

    Maybe the white kevlar parts weren't ready?? I wonder why they went back to capacitive buttons, I like the on screen ones on the current RAZRs...even if it causes burn in.