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Last Updated: July 23rd, 2013

Motorola has new phones for Verizon coming very soon, in case you hadn't heard. We've already seen a pretty convincing leak of the DROID MAXX, a Kevlar-cloaked updated version of Moto's DROID RAZR MAXX HD. Leakster extraordinaire Evleaks just posted another press shot, this time showing off the DROID Mini (or possibly MINI) next to the DROID Ultra and the nearly identical DROID MAXX with a bigger battery. The Mini and Ultra are assumed to be updated versions of the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD, respectively. Now pardon me, I need to get a new Shift key for my keyboard.

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There's still very little known about the next generation of Motorola DROIDs, aside from the fact that it almost certainly won't include a version of the much-hyped Moto X phone. (Whether or not that phone will make it to Verizon is another question entirely.) But according to yet another Evleaks tweet, the new line of DROIDs will include a different type of camera. The scuttlebutt is that they'll pack RGBC image sensors for much better low-light performance. You can also infer from the above shot that all three phones will have a body shell that's almost entirely made out of Kevlar, keeping the RAZRs firmly in the land of non-removable batteries, and that Moto has made the odd design choice to switch back to capacitive navigation buttons.

As a very happy owner of the DROID RAZR M, I'm quite excited to see what Moto does next. This is just guessing since there's no scale reference in the photo above, but I'd wager that the DROID Mini is packing a 4.5" screen with the larger phones stretching towards 5 inches. Based on Moto's previous RAZRs, you can expect international non-DROID variants to come out some time after the Verizon launch, which is rumored for early August.

Source: @evleaks

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • LiterofCola

    Interesting...

  • Tony

    If the Maxx were an unlocked gsm phone I'd get it, otherwise just hoping the Moto-X gsm version has the Maxx type battery size.

    • Elison

      I think it is GSM unlocked. I have been using a verizon moto razr since a year in India.

    • smartypants

      Since they are all LTE, they will have sim card slots, and they have the default GSM bands built in. Moto will definitely have an unlocked GSM version of both the Droid Ultra and the Moto X.

    • Freak4Dell

      If you're not in the US, you can simply import one to your country and use it. Pretty much every recent Verizon phone has come GSM unlocked for international use. If you're in the US, you may still be able to use it, but it will likely have a US band lock, so you'll need to wait and see if the development community can unlock it.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    What the fuck is with the permanent capacitative keys?! I thought Google was moving Motorola more in line with with Android design conventions. This is very disappointing...

    • Justin

      This might be (hopefully) the last of what moto had in the pipeline that had to get cleared out before we see some permanent google influence.

      • Nate

        The RAZR M and RAZR HD that these are replacing both had on-screen keys

    • nxym

      maybe its a design choice from verizon since this is a verizon phone

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        Yeah, but so were all the current gen RAZRs and they all had on screen keys.

  • impure

    Why must every phone be 16:9 not including the buttons. I very much prefer the 16:10 on my Nexus 4.

    • faceless128

      the Nexus 4 is 5:3 (15:9) not 16:10

  • Scott

    "Now pardon me, I need to get a new Shift key for my keyboard." This type of stuff absolutely cracks me up.

  • ASSETS IS KEY TO HAPPINESS

    Im loving this new gen motorola! They make the best durable phones! First to bring 3200 mhi batterys, gorrila glass, kevlar, they only lack in the software department! Hopefully this change! I love motorola and this is the change i long for. I still own my droid x. I held back of crappy cheap made phones and waiting for the next motorola beast! Google take out all the blur and make it the best on the market!!! Take over the phone market! I got 200 shares and hopefully buy another 200 before the release of these phones! Go google go. I believe in your assets!!

    • Shay

      You got 200 shares of what? Motorola Solutions? That is separate from the Motorola Mobility that Google purchased and is releasing these phones... Completely different companies.

  • thartist

    And next year Mini phones will be today's phablets! /cringe Mini should be no bigger than 4 inches!

  • Guest

    Looking forward to the specs

  • Guest

    Looking forward to these

  • Greyhame

    Wait... I thought the X Phone WAS coming to Verizon.

  • Hoser

    I am hoping that they will be qwerty slider phones (though I know that there is no indication so far that they will be). If they are continuations of the RAZR line, why not have the RAZR name in there? We need a physical qwerty phone like this. I want the Droid Ultra and Maxx to be the follow-up to the Droid 4.

    • Armchair Legend

      For the love of all things holy, I hope the Mini is hiding a QWERTY slider under that screen but I know I'm grasping at straws. It's sad to see all the threads spread across the internet asking about/begging for a DROID 5.... for the last year no less... only to be disappointed over and over again. I was just about to bite the bullet and grab a DROID 4 while I still can to replace my R2D2 that's on life support when these leaks started. I thought I'd wait just in case but it seems MOTO is just raising my hopes up enough to make the thud a bit louder when they masterfully smack them back down to the ground.

  • Freak4Dell

    The Mini's bezels look to be bigger than the bezels on the RAZR M. If the screen really is 4.5", and the bezels really are bigger, this isn't going to be a proper update to the RAZR M. The main point of the RAZR M was to have a phone that was as compact as possible with decent specs. This might just end up being a regular 4.5" phone.

  • Donnydon

    I prefer capacative buttons.... Why would i want on screen buttons taking up space? My only worry is updates and its gotta have a snapdragon 800 or no point...

  • JSFEcho

    So, where is the Droid 5?

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