Verizon Wireless (VZ:US), the largest U.S. wireless carrier, introduced three Motorola Mobility phones -- the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx -- to update its lineup of devices made by the Google Inc. (GOOG:US) unit.
The phones have 10-megapixel cameras, Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based Verizon said today at an event in New York. The Mini, available Aug. 29, starts at $100 with a contract. The Ultra will sell for $200 and the Maxx for $300, both available in stores Aug. 20.
Motorola, acquired last year by Google for $12.4 billion, started its smartphone partnership with Verizon in 2009 with the original Droid phone. The devices, which use Google’s Android operating system, compete against Apple Inc. (AAPL:US)’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy phones.
The new Droids have Motorola X8 eight-core processor chips, hands-free operation that activates with the command “OK Google Now,” and camera software that has features like slow-motion video.
Motorola is scheduled to introduce the Moto X, which will use two processors to conserve battery life, on Aug. 1. Neil Shah, a Motorola spokesman, declined to comment on the Moto X.
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