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Verizon places Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx on sale, plans subway LTE

updated 12:32 pm EDT, Tue August 20, 2013

Two Motorola Droids go on sale, Verizon shipping August 27th

Two Motorola smartphones have gone on sale on Verizon, at the same time as the carrier announces its plan to add 4G LTE service to the New York City subway system. Launched last month, the Droid Ultra and the Droid Maxx have both appeared on the carrier's online store, though buyers will have to wait until August 27th for the smartphones to ship.

The Droid Ultra uses a dual-core 1.7GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, behind a 5-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display, with a resolution of 1280x720. Inside a Kevlar casing, it has a 10-megapixel camera on the back with an f2.4 lens, with power supplied by a 2,130mAh battery. The Droid Maxx has the same base specifications as the Droid Ultra, but thickens the case from 7.18mm to 8.5mm, packs in a larger 3,500mAh battery, and increases storage to 32GB.

The Droid Maxx will cost $300 on a two-year contract, $700 off-contract, reports Unwired View, while the Droid Ultra will go for $200 on-contract, $600 off. A third device, the Droid Mini, is expected to ship shortly at a cost of $100.

Verizon has finalized an agreement with Transit Wireless, which will allow the carrier's 3G and 4G LTE networks to become usable in the New York City subway. The carrier will be installing equipment in the next few weeks, with 36 stations in mid-town Manhattan and Chelsea set to receive service later this year. Phase two of the plan will see another 40 stations, including Grand Central Station, receiving the same treatment as the first 36, something which is expected to be completed by early 2014.

by MacNN Staff



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