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Google announces its new eight-core, Kevlar-backed Android flagship smartphones

Andrew Sadauskas /

Google’s smartphone and tablet subsidiary Motorola has announced the release of three new Android smartphones featuring Kevlar shells and eight-core processors.

All three devices are built around an eight-core Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System processor, which includes two processor cores, two high-end application processors and four graphics processors.

At the low-end of the line-up, the DROID MINI, which replaces the Droid RAZR M, includes a 4.3-inch display, as well as wireless charging.

The company claims the mid-range DROID ULTRA, which supersedes the Droid RAZR HD, will be the thinnest 4G smartphone on the market, with a 5-inch display and a thickness of 7.18mm.

Finally, the flagship DROID MAXX, the updated Droid RAZR MAXX HD, contains a 3500mAh battery the company claims can deliver 48-hours of usage per charge, which if accurate is a significant upgrade from the 13 hours claimed by its predecessor.

According to the company, other key selling points of the new devices include touch-free control, a new camera feature called Quick Capture and a filesharing feature called DROID ZAP.

“With Quick Capture… just shake to wake by quickly twisting your wrist and tap anywhere on the screen to snap a pic, or press and hold to capture an action sequence with rapid-fire shots,” the company states.

“Share photos and videos with other [compatible Motorola] phones within 300 feet in an instant with DROID ZAP, a real-time sharing experience. It’s the fastest and easiest way to share.”

The phones will be available in the US through Verizon Wireless from August 20.


Andrew Sadauskas

Andrew Sadauskas is a former journalist at SmartCompany and a former editor of TechCompany.