Motorola Droid Ultra official: specs and features, pricing and release date available

by: Chris SmithJuly 23, 2013

Motorola Droid Ultra

Verizon and Motorola on Tuesday have announced three new Droids, just as expected, considering the variety of Droid-related rumors that have hit the web in the previous weeks.

The Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini are official – you’ll notice that there’s no RAZR branding anywhere in there – and in what follows we’re going to look at the Droid Ultra.

From the start we’re going to tell you that you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see this new lines of Droids, as they seem to pack some of the features expected to be found on the highly anticipated Moto X – think voice commands, active screen and a new camera,



Specs and features

The Droid Ultra is a thin Android handset – described during the event as the thinnest smartphone available – and will feature some of the design elements you’re used to see in such Motorola-made handsets for Verizon. There’s a large edge-to-edge display and a Kevlar back.

Here’s what we know so far about it:

  • Size: 137.5 x 71.20 x  7.18mm
  • Weight: 137g
  • 5-inch 720p HD (1280 x 720) OLED display
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 400MHz quad-core GPU, natural language processor, contextual computing processor (eight-core Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • 10-megapixel Clear Pixel camera with f2.4 lens and 1080p video recording
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE (Band 4 and 13)
  • quad-band WCDMA and GSM support
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • GPS
  • 3-mic support
  • Almost-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Droid Command Center, Wireless Display support, voice-based Touchless Control features, Active Display, Droid Zap photo sharing features, Ingress pre-loaded
  • 2130mAh battery

As you can easily guess, we’re very interested in that new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, an eight-core unit that includes a dual-core processor, a quad-core GPU a single-core contextual computing processor and a single-core natural language processor.

Release date and pricing

The Droid Ultra will be available for pre-order starting today (at 1 PM EST) from The device will cost $199, with a new two-year contract, and will be available in a two colors, black, white and red.

The device will ship on August 20, and everyone purchasing one until September 30 will get a free six-month Google Music All Access subscription.

Next: Best Motorola Droid Ultra cases

  • Grapir

    And screen resolution is ……??

    • John Hamernick-Ramseier

      I haven’t fount a new site that says yet.
      Verizon Wireless site says HD (so I’m gonna go with 720p since it doesn’t say Full HD)

    • Madsen

      Looks like Mini has 720p with two subpixels known as pentile and Ultra/Maxx have 720p with sterling three subpixels.

  • John Hamernick-Ramseier

    If the moto X is like the Droid Maxx with at least 4.5-5 inch screen with 720p I will buy it off contract without hesitation.

  • Michael!

    why do they keep making phones with only 16gb? I am someone who streams everything, however even with streaming everything, due to the software to run the phone and “bloatware” you are only left with about 8gb.

    • acey_zero

      Yes, that is definitely a deal breaker for me. And I don’t see any mention of a SD slot or larger storage options. Does not bode well for the Moto X…

      • Michael!

        With the power for which apps can run and the things they can do, the phone memory has to be bigger.

    • MasterMuffin

      What phone are you using?? Only 16Gb phone that I have heard of that has only 8Gb available is S4. It’s an exception, I bet these Droids will have at least 11Gb available

      • Michael!

        I have an HTC one X and when I bought it, out of the box, available memory – 10Gb – once some apps were loaded, 8Gb.

        • MasterMuffin

          But you were originally talking about 8Gb available from the start

          • Michael!

            No I was commenting on the fact the new Droids are only 16Gb and no mention of expandable memory. See my original post. :-)

          • MasterMuffin

            Yes but you also said “I am someone who streams everything, however even with streaming everything, due to the software to run the phone and “bloatware” you are only left with about 8gb.”

          • Michael!

            yup that is true. My 16Gb phone, after apps and other things are running, only 8Gb.

          • MasterMuffin

            You said “due to software to run the phone and “bloatware” you are only left with about 8Gb.” That would imply that the phone comes with only 8Gb available out of the box, unless you install bloatware :)

          • Michael!

            No that would mean as I stated – it comes as 16gb and with the bloatwear and running apps it limits the amount of gigs left. Dude..I am not keeping this conversation going….

          • MasterMuffin

            Oka :)

  • Vikram Dhankhar

    What is ment by WIRELESS DISPLAY in specs

    • Madsen

      I belive, it is mirroring screen to TV throught WiFi AC instead of HDMI.

  • jake

    Neat looking device


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