Motorola DROID Mini outed with Kevlar, slides directly in the compact slot

Motorola DROID Mini outed with Kevlar, slides directly in the compact slot
There is a shortage of well-made compact Androids out there, and Motorola DROID Mini comes in to fill that void. Just announced for Verizon, the handset sports, as you can guess, a shorter screen diagonal than its brethren the DROID Ultra and MAXX.

The LCD panel is pegged at 4.3 inches edge-to-edge and sports HD 720p resolution, while the phone is powered by a homegrown Motorola processor, all backed by a 2000 mAh battery unit. The "Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System" Soc sports 1.7 GHz dual-core application processor, 400 MHz quad-core GPU, natural language processor, and a contextual computing processor. The phone has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Exact dimensions of the DROID trio's munchkin are 121.25x61.30x8.9 mm, with weight of 130 grams, or 4.6 ounces.

The DROID Mini is for the lover of all Android things compact and pocketable, and shouldn't be overlooked because of the size, as it has the same Kevlar body as its larger siblings, so you can rest assured it will be tough as nails, and also the innovative 10 MP Clear Pixel camera tech of the larger Ultra and MAXX. The Mini will be available August 29th, but can be preordered now for $99.99 on a two-year Verizon contract.

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DROID Mini
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Motorola X8, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh

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19 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Motorola fills the compact segment sooo much better than the leading competitors. cough cough Samsung, cough cough HTC.

2. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Well, the One mini looks like a pretty damn good phone except for the relatively weak battery. I doubt it's coming to Verizon though. Not when they have a perfectly good Droid mini in the offing.

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, it's okay but i don't think it's nearly this good.

5. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

one mini isn't even that small though. i'm not even close to putting that in the 'compact' category.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

...it has a edge to edge 4.3" display same as the Razr M. it's gonna be around the size of an iPhone.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh, you said One Mini, my bad m8.

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No joke. It's amazing how their mid range has the same chipset as their flagship, which means the people who buy the mid range device actually get better performance out of it because the same GPU is pushing a lower resolution; a much better alternative to getting a slow down on the One mini and GS4 mini compared to their big brothers. And the bezels are just so small! I used a Razr M for about 10 minutes and I never looked at my GS3 the same. If Motorola came up with a decent SoC and kept their UI clean, they definitely have a winner.

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

for sure. actually what do we know about the displays? i'm using a Droid Razr M as a temp right now and it's such a great phone, especially running CM10.1. when i get something else i'm gonna give this to my gf.

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Droid Mini has a 4.3" 720p display and the Ultra and Maxx have 5" HD displays of an unknown resolution, most likely 1080p. I also would expect them both to be AMOLED, unless they went with their own ColorBoost technology to keep most of the tech in their devices home grown.

12. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Yeah, every manufacturer tends to have it's own special twist to their OLED panels.

17. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

In PA database you can see that Ultra is said to receive a 720p screen, meaning that all the droids will receive the same hardware. Only screen size and battery may differ.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Also, did you see the new Circles widget? It's slightly redesigned and looks like it has a little bit more functionality by having some of Motorola's new features integrated into it. It looks a little bit more cluttered to be honest

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i'm not liking it which is a bummer because it was such a great widget before. :/

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

It turns out the Ultra & MAXX also have 720 screens, so getting better performance out of the Mini is not the case this year whereas it was last year.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's disappointing.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

how its better when Verizon is the only carrier with the HEFTY battery which everyone cares bout

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

YAY, its available on my birthday.

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This might be a good option for me to look into!!

15. ElScorcho

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

They did it! HD 720p 4.3'' screen on a 121.25x61.30x8.9 mm phone... my dream comes true. HTC One mini is simply 1cm longer for the same screen size, wider and thicker S4 mini is low-rez, even slightly bigger and cheap plastic made Pure Android experience, correct hardware, no need to add more I'll get it day one.

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