With pre-orders now open for the just-launched Motorola Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini, we’re continuing to get new information about these models. We knew they would have 10-megapixel cameras, but have now managed to confirm that these will indeed be the RGBC components we heard rumored, and we’ve also discovered a little about what Verizon’s planning for the future of its Droid brand.
We first started hearing about this RGBC business in the context of the Moto X, which was said to have a Clear Pixel camera using the system. Shortly thereafter, we heard a similar claim made in regards to the Droid Ultra, and now it’s looking like Motorola could adopt RGBC for a majority of its handsets.
The gist of the system is that it sacrifices some subpixels that had previously only been measuring specific colors, to instead capture general full-spectrum brightness data. The way our eyes work, they’re a lot more sensitive to luminance resolution than color resolution, so we shouldn’t notice much of a loss in fidelity. In turn, we get images that should be less blurry and show less noise in low-light conditions.
As for Droids in general, in the past Verizon has picked phones from a number of OEMs to be Droid models. Sure, Motorola had the original Droid-Droid and its sequels, but we also had models like the Droid Incredible or Droid Charge. From here on out that stops (not that it hadn’t essentially wound down already) and only Motorola will make Droids in the future.