Motorola DROID Mini (XT1030) Review & Specs

Motorola DROID Mini is a solid Android cellphone released back in the year 2013, including a 4.3 inches touch-screen, a fast Dual-Core processor ticking at 1700 MHz, and two cameras, a 10 megapixels back side camera and a 2 mega-pixels front-facing camera. But let’s get into much more details.

Motorola decided to build this phone with a good 1700 megahertz Dual-Core processing unit, included in the Motorola X8 system chip and a great 2 GB RAM memory. This cellphone counts with a 16 GB quite big internal storage and whereas it doesn’t include an external memory card slot, it is enough to store hundreds of games and applications, but it might not be enough if you are fan of the largest games available nowadays.

Although the Motorola DROID Mini is only 4.77 inches long, it still manages to hold a 4.3 inches display. This phone has a beautiful design, with a thickness of just 0.35 inches. Regarding its aspect, this phone is majorly manufactured with Kevlar, giving this device a quality feel. Motorola didn’t seem to put much effort to reduce weight in this 4.59 ounces phone.

The Motorola DROID Mini features two cameras, a 10 megapixels back camera and a 2 mega-pixels front-facing camera. The Motorola DROID Mini also films 1920×1080 Full HD videos. Additionally, this phone’s camera also has auto-focus and flash.

Motorola designed this device with a spectacular 4.3″ display, and a resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD), giving this phone a delightful image quality. This display uses LCD capacitive technology, and allows multi-touch for gestures like pinch and zoom.

This cellphone counts with a good 2000 mAh battery that can keep the Motorola DROID Mini running for several hours.

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This phone has wifi connectivity (and it can be provided to other devices acting as a mobile hotspot), LTE 4G fast internet connection or the fastest 3G connectivity, using HSUPA, UMTS, EV-DO A and EDGE technologies. This cellphone uses a Nano SIM card for GSM networks and it can use both GSM and CDMA networks.

The Motorola DROID Mini also comes with some interesting features like Bluetooth (4.0, EDR), GPS (Global Positioning System) and Near Field Communication (NFC), and multiple sensors like Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer and Compass.

This device is probably a great choice no matter if you need a cellphone to mainly use social networks and internet browsing, will use it as a work device or are looking for a gaming cellphone.

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Device Type:Phone
Operating System (OS):Android 4.4.4, 4.4, 4.2.2
Product code:XT1030
Dimensions:4.77 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches
Weight:4.59 ounces
Release date:2013-07-23
Price:$ 300.00


Screen Type:LCD
Size:4.3 inches
Resolution:720 x 1280 pixels (HD)
Pixel density:342 pixels per inch
Touch screen:Capacitive, Multi-touch


Chipset:Motorola X8
Processor:Dual-Core 1700 MHz
RAM Memory:2 GB
Graphics Processor:400 MHz, quad-core
Internal Memory:16 GB
SD Card Slot:No SD card slot


Capacity:2000 mAh
Wireless Charging:Yes
Stand-by Time:312 hours


Back camera:10 megapixels
Front camera:2 megapixels
Max video resolution:1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Camera features:Auto-Focus


    Mobile Hotspot:Yes
SIM Card Type:Nano SIM
CDMA Bands:800, 1900
GSM Bands:850, 900, 1800, 1900
UMTS Bands:850, 900, 1900, 2100
LTE (4G) Bands:700 (band 13), 1700/2100 (band 4)
Technologies:LTE (4G), HSUPA, UMTS, EV-DO A, EDGE, GPRS, GSM and CDMA

Other Features

Bluetooth:Version 4.0, EDR
NFC (Near Field Communication):Yes
Sensors:Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light Sensor and Proximity Sensor
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