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We have less than half a day left before the big Verizon triple-threat reveal of the new 2013 DROID family in New York City and San Francisco. The DROID Mini, DROID Ultra, and DROID MAXX should be worthy follow-ups to last year's DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, and DROID RAZR MAXX HD. In this post, I'm not going to talk about processor specs, RAM, or internal storage. Instead, I wanted to provide reliable information about these phones' batteries, along with the confirmations of wireless charging support built right into them. As a bonus, NFC and Wi-Fi details are also presented.

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Battery Specs

The information was there all along, buried in the depths of the FCC docs - one just had to dig through a pile of filings to find it. So far, outside of our tipster TY, I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else. Without further ado:

  • DROID Mini XT1030 - 2,000mAh (battery model SNN5916B).
  • DROID Ultra XT1080 - 2,130mAh (battery model SNN5924A).
  • DROID MAXX XT1080M - 3,500mAh (battery model SNN5925A).

Let's compare it to last year's models:

  • DROID RAZR M - 2,000mAh, which matches the Mini quite well.
  • DROID RAZR HD - 2,530mAh, which quite significantly tops the Ultra by 400mAh.
  • DROID RAZR MAXX HD - 3,300mAh, which is actually 200mAh short compared to the new MAXX.

Outside of the battery specs, the FCC docs confirm NFC on all three, lack of 802.11ac (802.11a/b/g/n on all three, unlike the Moto X), and an inductive charging accessory integrated right into the batteries. The Mini and MAXX are listed explicitly, whereas the Ultra's battery may or may not support wireless charging. I'm inclined to think that if the other two do, it should as well.

Excerpts from the FCC docs can be found below.

DROID Mini

xt1030-mini-battery

xt1030-mini-NFC

xt1030-mini-wifi

2.6.1 Batteries

The phone tested in this report has the following battery options:
- Model SNN5916B - 2000 mAH battery

The model SNN5916B battery is an internally-sealed battery contained within the DUT, and may not be removed by
the end-user. This battery was used to do all of the SAR testing. The phone was placed in the SAR measurement
system with a fully charged battery.

2.6.3 Optional Inductive Charging Accessories

This device has an inductive charging accessory integrated within battery. The inductive charging door serves as the
Wireless Power Receiver in an Inductive Charging System. The receiver is a Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)
compliant receiver and requires a WPC compliant transmitter to  create the appropriate magnetic field in order to
function. The receiver is designed to apply power to the phone when placed in the appropriate magnetic field. Please
see a more detailed description in Exhibit 12: Operational Description. Please see Exhibit 3 for external photos of
the inductive charging door.
The inductive charging battery was used to do all of the SAR testing.

DROID Ultra and MAXX

xt1080-ultra-maxx-batteries

xt1080-ultra-maxx-wifi-nfc

2.6.1 Batteries The phone tested in this report has the following battery options:

- Model SNN5924A - 2130 mAH battery
- Model SNN5925A - 3500 mAH battery

Battery SNN5924A and SNN5925A were used to do the  SAR testing. The data below provides the worst case results for the two batteries. The phone was placed in the SAR measurement system with a fully charged battery. 

2.6.2 Optional Inductive Charging Accessories

This device has an inductive charging accessory integrated within battery model SNN5925A. The inductive charging serves as the Wireless Power Receiver in an Inductive Charging System. The receiver is a Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) compliant receiver and requires a WPC compliant transmitter to create the appropriate magnetic field in order to function. The receiver is designed to apply power to the phone when placed in the appropriate magnetic field. Please see a more detailed description in Exhibit 12: Operational Description. Please see Exhibit 3 for external photos of the inductive charging door.
The device configurations and exposure conditions that resulted in the highest SAR values were also tested using the inductive charging battery.

Source: FCC (XT1030, XT1080/XT1080M)

Thanks, TY!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Ror

    I'm kind of glad that Mini "around the size of an iPhone 5" sized phones are becoming more standard on android phones. For a while there it seemed like everyone was going to be making 5 inch devices and cheap tiny budget handsets of dubious quality.

    • Nick

      Agreed, my wife went with the iPhone 5 (and has regretted it) for that reason last December as the only Android phone in a comfortable form factor for her was the middle tier Droid Razor M. All the top tier VZW phones at the time (GS3, Note 2, Razor HD, etc.) were too large. It's definitely a missed segment ("smaller" premium phones) that I'm glad is finally being targeted.

      • spydie

        We are a 4-note family... couldn't be happier with that form-size. Bigger phones are a lot more useful if you use them to the max for what they were designed like web browsing, email, cameras, etc. People are still trying to find a use for their tablets as they are too big to have with you, but everyone wants a large screen. The large phones fill the gap.

  • Maxx

    Really want the Maxx, but not on Verizon for me, unlocked or to T-Mobile and it'd be mine!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Now you know that's never going to happen.

      • mobipete

        I have an unlocked Maxx, it has Verizon branding on it but it is definitely a universal unlocked phone. I just put a Verizon sim card in it till my contract expires but have already taken it to my local GSM dealer to have them try it with a test sim card and it works there too.

  • media affidavit

    Lol just bought a 4500 mah battery case for my nexus 4 :0 with the built in battery it equals 6600 math. Should last 2-3 days hopefully

    • Frekko

      If i had the same, it would have lasted 4 days min

      • Mike Harris

        I know you might think so, but it doesn't last quite that long unless you're really babying it. I have the 7000mAh ZeroLemon extended battery for my GSIII and it can last a solid two days with normal use. It can definitely make it into a third day without much of a problem, but four days is a bit of a stretch.

        • wolfkabal

          I've been getting 4 days out of my ZeroLemon (GS3) with minimum use, and 3 days of normal use. Two days if I Ingress :) - love this battery.

          • Mike Harris

            Oh, it's definitely worth the money (which isn't even that expensive) and worth the extra thickness it adds to the phone.

          • wolfkabal

            Agree - I actually like the extra weight it adds, and the texture of the case. The phone was way to slippery before, now it says put in my hand and wherever I place it. Awesome batter, great case, and cheap - ZeroLemon FTW!

  • nsnsmj

    Motorola have been the masters of fitting huge batteries into normal-sized phones with the Maxx series (and by normal-sized, I mean not phablet size device like the Note). It's a shame they didn't put a bigger battery into the Moto X.

    • Frekko

      what if Moto x is very battery friendly? we dont knw yet. But company is targeting a good battery backup as said earlier.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Will MAXX be available internationally?

  • http://www.mobileosworld.com/ Xen Lee
  • TY

    No thanks! I was just curious after seeing how people found out Moto X's battery capacity, and did the same thing.

  • NexusPhan69

    Just FYI. The MAXX won't have wireless charging. Wireless charging takes longer (not 100% efficient transfer of power) resulting in the MAXX not able to charge from 0% to 100% overnight. It's a smart move not to include it by Motorola.

    • Ted

      Just an FYI. It will infact have wireless charging, I will guarantee it. The Ultra will not ( it is why it is so thin ) however there will be an accessory available to allow wireless charging.

      • NexusPhan69

        Ah is that what it is? I have heard the rumblings that one of them would not include the wireless charging. I had just assumed it was the MAXX due to that massive battery. Your reason makes sense as well. Will be interesting to see in a few hours.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Have you even read the post?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You, sir, need to stop by our tip line more often. ;)

      • JA

        I am interesting in buying the Maxx, but I can't find a wireless charger that is compatible... What is the use of having wireless charging if you can't charge it that way?

        • KewlDawg

          Any Qi wireless charging base will work.

          If you already have a wireless charging base, like that used by the Droid 3, Droid 4, and DNA, you're OK. Also, if you have a Toyota with the dealer installed wireless charger, you're OK, and If you plan to order a 2014 Cherokee with the wireless charger factory option, you're OK.

  • Unhappy Subaru Owner

    I like my old Razr Maxx, but will the new one play nice with Bluetooth Pairing?

  • dave

    I think the droid ultra just passed away.

  • jamaall

    waiting for verizon to put their logo built into the software keys

  • phathands

    Any ideas if the tech on this would work with the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb?

    • Mike Harris

      I'm assuming it would, but it would have to be the Qi version. I believe Qi is the new standard, but I'm no expert. I know that my GSIII with the wireless charging cover works perfectly with the Orb.

      • linjef

        It says it has a WPC charger; the WPC writes the specs for Qi.

  • hemo2

    I know I'm in the minority and folks will denigrate me for saying this, but I just have no interest in any phone that doesn't have a replaceable battery. I don't care what the capacity is, if you can't replace it, I don't want it.

    • wolfkabal

      It technically IS replaceable - just not an easy "pull the cover, pop it out" replacement. I've replaced batteries in many "non-replaceable" devices.

  • chaostheory66821

    "These aren't the droids we're looking for," said every fan of the original Droid - Droid 4. Where is my Droid 5? Fraggers!

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