If leaked press images of Motorla’s upcoming DROID MAXX are to be believed, it looks like the company isn’t planning to ditch the ruggedized, masculine look any time soon. The refreshed Motorola DROID, almost certainly bound for Verizon, will retain the Kevlar-coated backing that’s become a hallmark of the brand.

Judging by the photos, the Kevlar backplate looks largely similar the last year’s DROID MAXX design. One difference of note is texturing around the rear camera and flash. It’s impossible to say whether the ensconcing material is rubber, plastic, or more Kevlar, but it’s certainly (in my humble opinion) a big aesthetic improvement over previous iterations.

Though Kevlar may conjure images of bullet-proof vests and spacecraft, the material is more commonly used than you might think, mostly because of its superior strength-to-weight ratio. That, coupled with the ability to allow unimpeded the passage of radio waves, makes Kevlar perfect for a lighter, thinner, and more rigid smartphone frame.

Motorola is widely expected to unveil the new line of DROID phones is widely at a Verizon event July 23. The MAXX is expected to pack a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a battery capable of lasting two full days without recharge. The DROID Ultra and DROID Mini will reportedly launch alongside the MAXX, offering identical specs with a smaller battery and a mid-range option, respectively.

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