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4 years ago

Official Droid Mini specs

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The smallest of the new Motorola Droids, the Droid Mini packs everything a smartphone user could want into a 4.3-inch HD display. The same Kevlar and Gorilla Glass construction as it's bigger siblings make it pretty tough, and the software enhancements like Droid Zap and the new camera make it fun to use.

We know a lot of you folks need to know what's inside the Droid Mini, and for you we've got the official specs after the jump.

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4 years ago

Official Droid MAXX specs

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The supposed new king of battery life, the Motorola Droid MAXX packs a whopping 3500mAh battery in a phone just .28-inches thick. Verizon is promising 48-hours of battery life, and we can't wait to put that to the test.

Besides offering great battery life, the MAXX is full of other goodies -- like wireless charging, Motorola's new eight-core X8 Mobile Computing System, and a snazzy Kevlar back. We know you want to see the full specs, so keep reading!

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4 years ago

Official Droid Ultra specs

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Verizon's official announcement was a little light on the Droid Ultra specifications, but they've posted an official set and we want to make sure you get to have a look at them. We've been scouring everything Verizon and Motorola have to say about the new Droids, and we have to say -- a lot of people are going to like these phones.

If you're looking for the absolute ram Droid Ultra specs, keep reading.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Ultra

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Verizon's latest Motorola flagship brings a new design and feature set 

The Motorola Droid Ultra is the phone Verizon will show you when you walk into a store. The latest in the Droid line, it's bold and fast -- two things Verizon wants you to think of when you put Verizon and Droid together in your head.

It very closely resembles it's brethren, the Droid MAXX and Droid Mini. Think of it as the Moto Droid for the masses, and the one that will carry the most appeal to the average consumer. Being the thinnest smartphone available will help, as will the new "3D" design and the consumer facing features like Active Display that gives you notifications without turning on the screen, and the 5-inch screen itself. The Droid Ultra will be available in both black and red -- we've got a gallery of images of both after the break.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Mini

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The Droid Mini promises the features of the Ultra in a smaller chassis

It seems we're being inundated with "mini" versions of popular smartphones these days. First was Samsung with its Galaxy S4 Mini, then HTC with the One Mini. Today Motorola announced a "miniature" 4.3-inch handset of its own, the Droid Mini, promising thin bezels, an HD display and the same software suite that's found on the larger devices.  Like last year's RAZR M, Moto's calling the Mini's screen an "edge-to-edge" display, on account of its almost nonexistent horizontal bezels.

The Motorola Droid Mini lands on Verizon Aug. 22 for $99 on-contract. We've got your first look in our photo gallery after the break; stay tuned for video in the very near future.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The Motorola Droid Maxx

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The Droid MAXX promises two-days of battery life in a slim design

Verizon's latest battery champ, the Droid MAXX offers an improvement from last years RAZR MAXX's 32-hours of battery life, cranking things up to a full 48-hours. It also brings along a new style and checks in thinner than previous models.

You've still get the Kevlar construction, but things like wireless charging and Motorola's new 10MP camera have been added, and to go with the new look there are some new accessories.

You can see what we're talking about after the break, where we've got a slew of photos to look through.

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4 years ago

Verizon makes the Droid Ultra, Droid MAXX and Droid Mini official

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Verizon's 2013 Motorola Droid lineup

Verizon has unwrapped it's new Motorola Droid line, bringing the US the first Motorola Droids of 2013. They look to be real winners, sporting thin bodies, new designs, and an all-new Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System. Think of the eight cores on the device -- two for apps, four for graphics, one contextual and one for natural language -- working together to bring us an all-new experience.

First up, the Droid Ultra. Built with a Kevlar body and 3D design, it's the thinnest smartphone available. Following is the Droid MAXX, also built of Kevlar and 9-percent thinner than last year's model yet still delivers 48-hours of battery life (up from last years 32 hours). The Droid Mini offers the same great software in a more compact size.

All three phones offer some interesting software enhancements, including an Active Display that keeps notifications on the screen without turning everything on, Quick Capture to take fast pictures, Droid Zap -- share photos with anyone within 300 feet of you with a two-finger gesture, and the Droid Command center for Miracast support.

Pricing is as follows: The Mini checks in at $99, the Ultra at $199, and the MAXX at $299. These prices are with a new agreement, of course. The devices will be available on August 20, and pre-orders start now today at 1PM ET at droiddoes.com.

Purchasers will also receive an Ingress invite, and six months of free Google Play Music All Access.

We're heading over to the devices to have a good look -- keep an eye out. In the meantime, a gallery of pictures of the event and the official press release is past the break.

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4 years ago

Live from the Verizon Droid event

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Full coverage of everything Verizon, live from New York

We're on site in New York, seeing what Verizon has to show us all. We're expecting a handful of Motorola Droid devices, and we'll be sure to let you know everything Big Red has to tell us as soon as they tell us.

Stay tuned!

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4 years ago

Another Moto X video appears, offers four minutes of clear footage

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Once again the folks at the Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn are showing us what certainly appears to be the Moto X. These four minutes of video take us on a walkthrough of the phone, showing the exterior as well as a little glimpse of the software. There's nothing we haven't seen before, but we know you guys want all the Moto X news we can find. 

Anyone around who can translate? Drop anything we need to know in the comments, please!

Via: +Brian Shedrick jr.

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4 years ago

Sprint Vital mini review

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The Sprint Vital offers a lot of bang for your buck, but it's not for everyone, especially given the carrier's handful of other budget-friendly options.

Things have changed quite a bit over the past year in terms of what $100 can buy you, and for those who can’t stomach dropping more than a Benjamin on a new smartphone, there’s never been a better time to upgrade. Budget-busting flagships are no longer the only devices worthy of writing a check for – Android has come a long way, and yesterday’s specs are becoming more and more evergreen.

The Vital, made by Chinese manufacturer ZTE yet sold under the Sprint moniker, isn’t cracking any glass ceilings – a game changer this is not. But it does mark a welcome new addition to the growing “high-end budget” market, which is great news for consumers. It faces some stiff competition on Sprint’s shelves, though, especially given the carrier’s recent promotions offering some of yesterday’s top-shelf phones for pennies on the dollar.  For Sprint customers looking to save some money on their next smartphone, the Vital is just one of many choices offering some serious bang for your buck.

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4 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Mini questions on the Android Central forums!

The HTC One Mini is in the house - head to the forums for answers to your burning questions

The One Mini is HTC's upcoming 4.3-inch variant of its flagship device, with a 720p display and familiar industrial design. Last week we got our hands we got our hands on the device for a quick preview, but from today we've got one all to ourselves.

We'll have a full HTC One Mini review posted in the days ahead, but until then you can hit up our Q&A thread on the Android Central forums to ask whatever burning questions you might have about the device. If you're not yet a forum member, registration is free, quick and easy.

Hit the link below to get started!

More: HTC One Mini Q&A on the Android Central forums

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4 years ago

New Sony Honami images emerge matching up to earlier leaks

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Matches earlier leaked renders, looks a lot like a refresh to the Xperia Z

At this point we're somewhat used to new Sony devices leaking out ahead of their launch, and Sony's next big device, codenamed Honami, is no exception. Following earlier leaked renders, some pretty clear photographs have emerged claiming to be Honami, and they show a device that looks as though it could be a refresh to the Xperia Z line. 

The overall form factor is very similar to the Xperia Z, with the same external skeleton frame we've seen before, only colored to match the device. The back looks to possibly be glass again, and that rumored 20MP camera sits up in the top left as we've seen before. Down on the bottom edge of the device there's what looks to be a pretty hefty speaker, and round the front it looks pretty much the same as other Sony smartphones. 

Other rumors state that inside the Honami is a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, all sitting beneath a 5-inch, 1080p Triluminos displays. At this point none of the alleged specs are unlikely, and all that remains now is for it to finally launch. We're expecting our first look at the Honami at Sony's September 4 press conference in Berlin at IFA, where of course we'll be on the ground throughout. Hit up the links below for more images. 

Source: Gadget Helpline via Xperia Blog

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4 years ago

HTC unveils entry-level Desire 500 for Taiwan

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HTC has taken the wraps off its latest budget-focused smartphone for its home market of Taiwan. The Desire 500 packs a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480) display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD. On the software side, the star of the show is the company's latest Sense 5 UI, which complete with the BlinkFeed home screen reader. Buyers will miss out on big-name HTC feautres like BoomSound and the Ultrapixel camera, however, as the Desire 500 comes with a standard 8-megapixel shooter and single rear speaker. Engadget is reporting a MSRP of NT$11,900 ($400), which might also make the 500 a tough sell.

Elsewhere, HTC has recently expanded Desire line in Eastern Europe with the Desire 200 and Desire 600.

Source: HTC; via: Engadget

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4 years ago

'Limited Edition' Motorola Droid Ultra leaks ahead of Verizon's NYC event

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A design that checks all of the boxes for a Verizon 'Droid' phone

We're inside of 24 hours until Verizon does its thing in New York City, and we have a nice looking leak of an upcoming device expected at the event. Courtesy of HelloMotoHK, a close-up picture of a purported "Limited Edition" Droid Ultra has surfaced showing off a woven kevlar back and some special red coloring. The kevlar looks to be coated in an extremely shiny finish, and the dramatic red and black paint scheme along with prominent "Droid" branding makes sure you won't forget what carrier you're on. The red stripe is likely something reserved for the Limited Edition model -- which we've seen for previous devices -- but we wouldn't mind if some other crazy patterns were made available.

We got a nice look at a press render of the device's front a couple of weeks ago, but this is the first clear in-person look we've got of the back. We're not entirely sure where this particular device will fit into the lineup of phones we're expecting Verizon to show us tomorrow, but we won't have to wait long to find out.

Source: Droid-Life

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4 years ago

Invites for the LG G2 event in New York are making the rounds, and LG isn't keeping secrets

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LG puts the G2 front and center in today's press invitation to New York on August 7.

LG's not even trying to hide it anymore, as a new round of press invites for their August 7 event in New York have went out, and they not only picture the G2, but name it in the text.

To be honest, we think this is a great thing. Everyone knows what LG has coming, everyone is excited about the new G2, and giving us pictures and dropping the name around makes us look forward to the event even more. As a refresher, what we expect to see inside the G2:

With those internals, it's no wonder that a lot of folks can't wait to see and hear more about the LG G2. We'll be there in New York, not just because it's our job to be there, but because we're also Android nerds are are pretty excited.

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