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CNET First Look
Verizon's smallest, most powerful Droid yetCosting $99.99, the Droid Mini links to Verizon 4G LTE, flaunts a 4.3-inch 720p screen plus Motorola's x8 processing.
Hey, guys. This is Brian Bennett for CNET.com and right now we are taking a First Look at the brand new Motorola DROID Mini. Now if you're familiar with the DROID RAZR M from last year, you won't find any new surprises really in the design of the DROID Mini. It looks very similar, has a very small screen. Well, it's actually 4.3 inches. Actually the one thing that's interesting is that this screen on the DROID Mini is an LCD screen as opposed to the DROID RAZR M's AMOLED screen from last year. So it's a little different at 720p resolution which is sharp for, you know, most things and you can also see it has a 2-megapixel camera on top, it has the 3 capacitive buttons for Android Jelly Bean which is what it's running, it's running 4.2.2. On the back you've got a 10-megapixel camera and an LED flash. Now 10-megapixel sounds a little weird but it apparently uses larger pixel size that hopefully will help it perform better under low light conditions. Other features include the new Motorola X8 processor. In reality it's actually a 1.7-gigahertz dual-core Qualcomm processor, but it has a bunch of different cores to help it keep up with the demands of your mobile life, so dual-core processor for graphics, dual-core processor for application. It also has a processor for contextual searches. So basically this device will be able to listen to you. If you train it properly it will enable you to conduct searches just by talking to it. You don't even have to pick it up. It also connects to Verizon's 4G LTE network for fast data. Price and availability for the DROID Mini is August 20th. It will hit Verizon stores for $99 and is actually available right now for preorder. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET.com.