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Motorola Already Prepping a DROID RAZR M HD?


Is Motorola already preparing to push out an updated RAZR M with a 4.5″ HD display? According to a rumor out of PhoneArena, though they aren’t even willing to back the info all that much, that is indeed the case. As expected with an updated device, the specs have been bumped slightly, introducing a dual-core Snapdragon 4 Plus processor, 16GB onboard storage, and a massive 3300mAh battery, all while maintaing a small candy bar edge-to-edge design.

Is it real? While that’s anyone’s guess, it certainly makes sense for Motorola to continue the edge-to-edge styling of the RAZR M, but with upgraded specs. I loved the RAZR M (our review), other than its poor display. If this phone had an HD display slipped into that body and a bit more RAM, it might have come close to earning a spot as one of our top 5 phones of the year

Here is the full list of rumored specs:

Device type: Smart phone
OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
Form Factor: Candy Bar
Dimensions: 5.15×2.52x.035
Weight: 5.22 OZ

Physical size: 4.5 inches
Resoultion: 720×1280 pixels
Pixel density: 326 ppi
Technology: TFT
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Talk time: 21.25 hours
Stand-by time: 15.65
Capacity: 3300 mAh
Type: Li – Polymer

System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor: Adreno 225
System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
Built-in storage: 16gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

As a side note, I have seen Motorola data sheet lists that do look similar to what has been posted above. When Motorola lays out potential devices on paper, they normally take this shape. Still, tough to tell if it’s real or not. In fact, if you want to read about a bunch of other rumored devices that were pulled from a data sheet like this, hit up this forum thread.

Either way, a RAZR M HD makes sense, so are you interested?

Via:  PhoneArena



  • dandar

    Razr M had three major flaws:

    1) Non-HD screen though that’s mostly marketing hype. Its screen was just fine in daily use.

    2) Poor 4G LTE reception. Would drop down to 3G much more than OG Razr or Razr HD.

    3) Only 8GB of ram, about 5GB for end users, though you could drop in an SD card for photos and videos.

    Looks like Motorola may be working on improving these flaws.

  • Geoff Johnson

    3300mAh batter too? Wow

  • dangolds

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they do this, given Motorola’s recent product release history. It’s the same crap that Apple pulled when they released the iPad mini without a retina display. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Gen 2 of the iPad mini will have retina just like Gen 2 of the Razr M will have an HD screen. I like the physical design of the Razr M, but without an HD screen, it’s not compelling enough for me to buy. Ditto for the iPad mini.

  • Jason

    How about HDMI out?

  • yungqb7

    They should make the HD line at $200 with an upgrade or new customer agreement. There are way too many razrs. If motorola did the $200 plan, then they would have something to serious fight against the galaxy s3 and iPhone 5.

  • chris125

    Well looks like now Verizon is paying someone to talk them up with this new ‘Verizon’ person commenting all over the place. Haha

    • Verizon

      Wow, this is just sad. Yes, I’m paid by Verizon to post things on Droid Life. Yes, I really have the company logo tattooed on my hand. Now you have gone beyond the silliness of your Droid branding argument.

  • I want a Defy HD MAXX….

  • fanboy1974

    Exactly why I won’t buy a Motorola device. They love to screw customers with a slightly better design a few months after release.

  • Make it quad-core and give it 2 gigs of ram and this would be the ultimate “smartphone”. The rest of the phablets can go play amongst themselves.

  • Mm

    Is this the Droid RAZR Ultra?

  • GigaJake

    I remember first hearing about the original Droid Razr. Cute. Nice little homage to what made Motorola shine in the first place. Here we are, staring at a 6th version of the thing. Goodbye creativity and device diversity…

    • Verizon

      Ummmm, Galaxy S, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4…iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5…..HTC One, HTC One S, HTC One XL, HTC One V…..HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Incredible 2, Droid Incredible 4G….

      This is nothing new. Companies find names that work for their products and run with it. Once the name has some sort of standing in the market they don’t want to let that go. Would you expect HTC to ever release the Thunderbolt 2? They might do it in specs, but the name has far too much bad press to ever be used again. Would you expect Moto to do the Bionic 2? Since the Razr line is the first really solid line from Moto since the OG Droid line I would expect them to use it for quite a while.

  • nightscout13

    Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX M iHD

  • bionicwaffle

    The write up makes it sound like it’s got a different processor. It’s the same CPU/GPU as the M, Razr HD, and Razr Maxx HD. It’s a larger display than the M going from 4.3″ to 4.5″. Not sure why so many complain about the qHD display on the M. qHD on a 4.3″ screen really isn’t bad. The storage is a bump from 8GB to 16GB. The battery went from 2000mAh to 3300mAh. It sounds like a M Maxx HD. I hope they don’t also release a non-maxx version with a 2500mAh battery and call it the M HD. That would just be dumb. Really, any additional version of the M seems like a bad idea. I think the M is great as is for someone looking for a small phone. Really, qHD is a good resolution for a 4.3″ display.

  • Shane Redman

    Motorola putting HD or MAXX on the name of a phone is the same thing as crApple putting an ‘s’ after iFone

  • GregSki86

    Will never purchase a motorola product again, they just don’t stand by their products…..what was the point of purchasing the original razr when they have about 6 variations of it in just over a years time

    • speraider430

      I was always baffled by this. Why release two identical phones with the exception of a larger battery? Why not just release the MAXX as your RAZR series and drop the confusion of RAZR, MAXX and HD

    • Yeah, because others don’t do that. I’m looking at you HTC with your One X and 6 months later a One X+. And don’t get me started on the One S/One V situation. Or the Note/Note 2 from Samsung, also in under a year. So yeah, others do it too.

  • Dain Laguna

    If they do this, it renders the razr hd and maxx hd totally useless. Unless you REALLY want a 4.7 inch screen. Moto…either make this proposed phone from the get-go or invest some time in making a good camera

  • The title of this article is misleading and is going to trigger the trolls saying “new version already?!?! wtf!!!” like crazy… By the time this hits market it’ll probably be running a newer processor, have an upgraded camera sensor (even if MP are the same), HD screen, maybe even a RAM bump. This is a rumor at this point and we have no idea what’s in it or WHEN it’ll appear. It could be that it doesn’t see the light of day til summer or even fall which would be a year after the release of the original. Why people get their panties in a bunch over the DEVELOPMENT of a new phone is beyond me. Every company is always working on new models. It’s not like they’re sitting at their desks like “hey, we finished the RAZR HD. lets take a 6 month vacation and come back to work before working on the next version.” Of course there’s a new phone in the works. Just like apple isn’t sitting on their ass right now, nor is samsung or any other manufacturer.

  • WickedToby741

    The RAZR brand needs to be Motorola’s flagship brand like Galaxy is for Samsung. The next RAZR (perhaps the rumored X phone) needs to be available across all major carriers and remain unchanged except for internal radios. I think the RAZR brand has what it takes to challenge the likes of Samsung and Apple, but they need to drop the DROID exclusivity.

  • duke69111

    Why is the talk time roughly 6 hours more than the standby time.

  • Dave

    Time to join the Moto of the month club.

    • wickets

      well said!

  • andrew galvin

    as a happy Nexus 4 owner this phone looks pretty nice. Nothing I would replace my phone for but a great option for those on VZW looking for a good phone with smaller form factor. I love the edge to edge display and think that should find it’s way into more and more phones. Bezels are so 2000 and late.

  • JolleyMan

    Needs more RAM. Several of my business-related apps are just stupid RAM hungry. This size with a tablet is just the best combination, to me.

  • SITH77

    HTC DNA FTW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • just means the next madd HD will be 5″ Cant wait

  • droyd4life

    So it has an HD screen with a processor that phone’s have had for a year… I fail to see how this is a win.

  • paul_cus

    I wonder if Motorola is going to upgrade the RAZR i as well, or if this would just be for Verizon.

  • Verizon

    Why no talk of the Lunar or Titan? The Titan looks like it will be an impressive phone.

    5.19 x 2.67 x 0.37 and 5.54 oz
    5.49″ 1080p Super Amoled display
    3300 mAh battery
    8 Mp camera
    Snapdragon S4 quad core (in US versions)
    2 GB Ram
    64 GB internal storage and an SD card slot

    If the camera is improved upon as it is rumored to be, this will be an amazing phone.

    • Captain_Doug

      Because it’s not real? A 5.49″ screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio is 2.69″ wide. The screen is wider than the device which means, this is made up and someone didn’t pay attention to details.

      • Verizon

        That is quite possible.

        • Captain_Doug

          I have a few lists like these made titled ideal devices. Details are something I pay a lot of attention too so when I see something that seems too good to be true, I check first. Details are everything.

    • Dave

      Whatever happened to Moto jumping in the Intel CPU bandwagon?

      • Verizon

        Good question. I wonder if Intel just isn’t moving fast enough for the mobile market.

  • I think this is just a brainstorming session, not a full spec sheet.
    Oh, and on the forum link posted, the details for the XT980 “Titan” (doesn’t fit with their codename scheme, but whatever) lists the processor as a “Qualcomm Exynos 4”. Qualcomm not have anything to do with the Exynos line, as that’s Samsung’s SoC. Also, the 4412 would be a terrible processor to use in a new device. This info just screams fake to me. I’m going to trust that Moto can hold onto their hats and not fall prey to the 6 month update cycle.

    • Verizon

      The Exynos processors would be for the international market and the Snapdragon S4 Pro would be for the US.

      • chris125

        Exynos is Samsung not moto.

        • Verizon

          And of course nobody in the tech industry ever sells anything to anyone else, right? It isn’t like Samsung made screens for the iPhone or anything like that.

          • chris125

            1 exynos is in the note 2 so why would this be different and have the s4 when exynos now works with lte? And 2. Samsung refused before to license their exynos to I think it was either moto or htc awhile back so highly doubt they are going to license out this which is one of their main selling/distinguishing factors for their phones.

          • Verizon

            All I can tell you is what I’ve read. The specs I read stated that US version would get the S4 and the international version would get the Exynos. Beyond that I’ve got no argument. I neither know, nor care, why it says that it will be one way or the other. Maybe they are going to change it around later. Maybe they are going to ask Samsung really nicely this time. Maybe Google is throwing their weight around. Maybe none of this matters in real life because this is information gathered in speculation for a device that doesn’t exist and might not ever exist.

          • I highly doubt they’re gonna use Exynos for the international version given that they have a contract with Intel for a few Intel phones (they have released the Razr i already, the Intel international version of the Razr M which I own).

    • Not to mention the fact that Titan is patented by HTC for their HTC Titan Windows Phone they released last year.

  • Jack Hoffman

    Reading the link posted…maybe the “Titan” is the Google X phone? 1080p resolution looks good, but that it only comes with 4.0.4 would make that a no.

    Ah, rumor mill…how I love thee. I need to ditch my Gnex (tired of connectivity issues) and will only go Motorola next. Could get a Razr HD Maxx, but I’d rather wait for something a little better, especially if it were Nexus-like (or a Google Experience device like the OG Droid).

  • NorCalGuy

    Why? They did this with the original RAZR and maxx but both seem to have more issues most notably the camera and camera software, resulting in horrible pictures.. This is just my experience with the devices. I can also say through personal experience that the RAZR m is an amazing phone as is. Please moto don’t mess it up. Also what happened to less versionsof the same phone and a better focus on fewer high end phones?

  • Marcus Schoen

    Waiting for someone to leave the ubiquitous Droid Razr M HD Maxx Plus Pro etc, comment.

    • Thomas

      Damn it, you beat me to it ;). I’m holding out for the return of the Motorola StarTac line. Think about it…a Motorola StarTac RAZR HD MAXX, just put everything that was once great about Motorola in one device. I wonder if they could put a HEMI in it…ok, maybe that’s going too far.

  • fauxshizzl

    When does the RAZR M HD MAXX come out? How long until the same phone is offered in a new color after the initial launch?
    And what part of that is edge to edge? The only edge to edge displays I
    have seen are in concept videos. It may have a very slim bezel, but
    until there isn’t one at all it simply is not edge to edge, its bezel to
    bezel. Yawn

    • Verizon

      Yawn, back at you.

  • chris125

    This is what the razr m should have been

  • mgamerz

    Let’s just keep pushing out new phone after new phone after new phone after new phone.
    Let’s keep not pushing out update or update or update or update.

    • Verizon

      They’ve already done the updates to Jelly Bean for the whole Razr line. That is pretty impressive. I don’t see other companies getting updates out that fast.

      • mgamerz

        They haven’t updated the original Razr or Razr MAXX. It’s also kind of ridiculous that it’s taken almost 6 months to do so.

        • Verizon

          I guess you missed the news about Jelly Bean for the Razr and Razr Maxx over Christmas. I’m running 4.1.2 on my Maxx right now and it is a beautiful thing. Verizon is the hold up on that release, it has nothing to do with Moto. As far as it being ridiculous for it to take 6 months, the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have it yet either and that is a freak’n Nexus device.

          • Tyler Cameron

            The Galaxy Nexus been had Jelly Bean.

          • Verizon

            Not 4.1.2

          • Tyler Cameron

            Oh. I didn’t know there was such a world of difference -.-

  • Motorola Wake up

    I think Motorola should stop flooding the market with continual version of previous model and also they should also dump the DROID and RAZR branding. And make all phones available to all Telco, then they will sell like hot cakes.

    • mgamerz

      That won’t happen when motorola is playing human centipede to verizon.

      • Dave

        That’s a nasty image. If not for VZ, Motorola would have been bankrupt years ago.

    • They kinda already did that. Droid Razr M on Verizon = Electrify M on US Cellular = Atrix HD on AT&T except for the screen = Razr M on Telstra = Razr i on international market (except Australia). Also, the Razr HD is rumored to come to Sprint and to US Cellular as the Electrify HD.

  • hkklife

    That has “wife’s next phone” written all over it since she’s eligible for an upgrade in March. She wants something larger, faster, and with a better camera than her 4.3″ Droid X but smaller than my GSIII. But I must admit that I am VERY skeptical of that battery capacity. I think it’ll be more like 2300mAh. not 3300. Basically the RAZR HD’s little brother.
    When the RAZR M was launched, I thought that its biggest shortcoming by far was its murky 4.3″ screen. It should have shared the 4.5″ of the Atrix HD to begin with, as everyone seems to forget how much space those onscreen buttons gobble up.
    Now let’s see a 4.8″ to 5″ 1080P RAZR HD MAXX 2 this spring on VZW (even if it’s not a Nexus) and I’ll be ready to dump Samsung and their Touchwiz, rotten radios, and atrocious battery life once and for all.

    • Dave

      My note2 obliterates my 1st gen razr MaXX battery life.

      • wickets

        battery and the radios on the note 2 are beyond excellent

        • hkklife

          I know the Note2 has superb battery life but I keep reading mixed reports on the VZW version’s reception/radios. But Touchwiz, 5.5″ and 16Gb internal storahe isn’t for everyone. But if I had to buy a new Sammy device today, it would be the N2.

          • Dave

            Crystal clear and plenty fast for surfing gaming etc….

    • Dave

      Also it is much faster via Speed Test anywhere I’ve ever been.

    • KRS_Won

      If you have unlimited data, skip the upgrade and buy the phone outright.

    • Branden

      If your wife wants something larger and faster, I don’t think a new phone is going to be the solution. disaprine come from within. You rack disaprine!

  • Corey Foltman

    I’m like if they did it right the first time. 4 months after the M HD (if it is true) they will release it in 2 additional colors. 3 months after that. 3 more colors will pop up. they really need to do it all at once. all colors with the best specs at time of release.

  • Yawn. Maybe it will be killer in Cambodia or something… Don’t they know yet? This is Sparta!!

  • Verizon

    It just cracks me up that people will praise a company one day and then bash them the next. A few days ago people were happy with Moto because they already had Jelly Bean ready for the Razr and Razr Maxx. Now people are bashing them because of a rumor about a possible update/upgrade to the Razr M. Nothing and nobody said this was headed for Verizon or that it is even being made. It is a rumor. People praise the Razr M for the edge to edge display and bash it for not being HD. Now it looks like something that could be the best of both and people are complaining? Some of you are never happy.

    • Captain_Doug

      I’m happy. ;D

      • Verizon

        Well, that makes two of us. 🙂

        • Three because I’m also happy 😀

          • Captain_Doug

            The internet needs more happy people.

          • Verizon

            Completely agree!

    • chris125

      Droid is only Verizon so yeah if anything it’s coming to Verizon…

      • Depends. In Europe I also saw ‘Droid Razr’ rumors before they launched it without the Droid branding so who knows if we’re talking about a USA device here…

        • chris125

          Droid is licensed by Verizon through Lucas arts so its just a Verizon thing. The international versions lose the droid branding

          • Verizon

            I’m not entirely sure you are actually reading what you are replying too.

          • chris125

            Droid is a Verizon thing only, yes I know what I’m reading.

          • Verizon

            True. Droid is a branding thing for Verizon.
            True. Only Verizon phones get Droid branding.
            True. The GSM Razr was also labeled as a Droid Razr by most tech blogs before it was actually released as just the Motorola Razr.
            True. Most people do not care or know the difference between a Droid and an Android. Tons of people refer to their Galaxy S3 as a Droid because they don’t care.
            True. The phone in question is marked as the XT970 on the spec sheet.
            True. The spec sheet does not mention Verizon, Droid or Razr at any point in time.
            True. At no point does the spec sheet say that this will be a Razr M HD that is all Kellex’s doing.
            True. You ignored my original reply (13 hours ago) and have chosen to argue a moot point about the word Droid for absolutely no apparent reason.

      • Verizon

        Well, Kellex is saying that it is a Droid, the data sheet doesn’t. The data sheet is just lists the phones as the XT970 (Aquios). While it does list Verizon radio specs, it also list just about every other radio specs known to man too. The screen is also listed as 4.7″ and the battery as 3100 mAh.

    • mgamerz

      But the Razr and Razr MAXX don’t have jelly bean yet. They pulled the update, so it’s not official.

      • vizcat

        Its on my phone, so its official.

      • Verizon

        I officially have it on my phone. Verizon is the one holding up the update, it has nothing to do with Moto, so your point is still invalid.

  • DanWazz

    UGH. I don’t see the reason for releasing a phone, then an HD version a couple months later. Just give the phone a HD screen the first time.

    • Paul

      I doubt it would be released that soon. It makes sense for them to be working on an upgrade though since it takes so long to actually release a phone after starting on it. I’m sure they have been since September, whether it be this rumored phone or not. If it comes out around February/March that’s about half a year which is pretty reasonable.

    • I loved the RAZR M (our review), other than its poor display. http://www.MillionaireBusiness2013.qr.net/jNUD/Excellence=YcQI1L8Mufs

  • Bionicman

    ugh whats the point. if this rumor is true, moto needs to stop whatever its doing and put its total focus on this new rumored Google phone. and it better be something amazing to compete with samsungs gs4

    • jak_341

      The G4 looks amazing. You simply can’t best Samsung right now. They are light years ahead of everyone else.

      • mxracer9111

        Not really. My DROID RAZR MAX HD had J.B before the SIII. Besides Ram, the Moto phone is by far better. Build quality, radio, and the fact that you dont need a case for a moto phone.

        • Bionicman

          My brother had a razr1 without a case. He dropped it from a few feet. Ya the kevlar backing helped, but the camera area still got cracked. Just comes to show all phones can break.

  • Chocolate Noodle

    Moto needs to cuts this BS out and make stuff worthwhile!!!!! This is one of the reasons they starting to fall out in the first place, these crap phones. You’d think the Goo would tell them to step their game up at some point but Goo seems to not give a flip these days too tho…SMFH

    • LOLWUT. Name one other mid-range phone that has a 3300 MAh battery plus an HD screen. There are none. Only high-end but not mid-range. So stop BS’ing yourself.

    • jak_341

      Fall out of first? When was Moto IN first? OG Droid days?

    • Dave

      Probably why Samsung accounts for 6 of 10 new android activations now. Pretty sad for the other 3 main OEM being outsold, combined together.

  • Cheng GuanHao

    I’m praying that this is fake.

    I don’t wish to see Motorola doing the same foolish mistake again…

    Please Motorola, QUALITY is so much important than QUANTITY!!!

  • mustbepbs

    New Motorola, meet Old Motorola.

    Now kiss.

    • Joe

      Seems like the new Motorola is the same as the old one. Releasing new versions very few months.

      • speraider430

        Seems like a strategy that works in the fact that you’re always in commercials as releasing a “new” product. With that said it is destroying your company’s reputation as the once king of the mobile arena.

        Are Motorola phones the equivalent to Sony TV’s? Relevant in the early 2000’s and blown away by Samsung?

  • wheres our nexus moto?

  • jak_341

    But. But. But. I thought the ‘new’ Motorola was going to be different? So we have continual phones being pushed with last year’s specs. Pathetic. Google needs to kill this company and start pushing Samsung.

    • Captain_Doug

      Razr M was a mid range phone. This will be a mid range phone… Last years specs=mid range. And please, no more Samsung. They are too big for their own good. The bigger they get the less competition and I can’t stand Samung plastic. I’ll take Motorola hardware first.

      • Dave

        You really think the current Moto line feels less like plastic? The maxx-HD feels like every other phone out there to me.

        • Captain_Doug

          How’d you get that? I said Samsung is plasticy and Moto’s hardware was way better.

          • Dave

            Sorry….getting a tad snippy. 🙂

          • Captain_Doug

            I’m getting snippy? I was just confused.

          • Dave

            No…me man. Sorry.

          • Captain_Doug

            Oh. No worries. I think it turned out fine.

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    • lgreg64

      You will not start to see phones designed by Google till 3rd or 4th quarters and this is a MID RANGE not high end phone.

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  • Captain_Doug

    Keep the LCD display, keep the battery style, make it unlocked, sold.

    • Bionicman

      being unlocked or not for most people is not as important as battery and display. im an android enthusiast and i care very little about a phone being unlocked

      • Captain_Doug

        …good for you?

      • jak_341

        Locked and encrypted bootloaders need to go away. Is it any coincidence that Motorola locks down more than any other and they have fallen behind.

        • So you missed out on the fact that you can buy the Razr M developer edition with an unlockable bootloader?

          • Captain_Doug

            For full price… without warranty…

      • Lucky Armpit

        Agreed. I could care less about unlocking/rooting/etc. Give me a strong 4G LTE and a phone that doesn’t mute mid-call (I’m looking at you, you POS Galaxy Nexus) and I’m perfectly happy.

        • Tyler Cameron

          I’ve never seen a Galaxy Nexus with that issue. And for those who had that issue, there’s this thing, called a warranty.

  • Oh great. Razr and Razr Maxx all over again.. Ridiculous

  • Butters619

    Look at the dimensions. That is essentially the size of the Razr HD if you chopped off a little side bezel. AKA just sounds like a Razr HD Maxx+. M stood for mini and this phone wouldn’t be small.

    • Captain_Doug

      .15″ of bezel isn’t a little when it comes to bezel.. However it would be great…

      • Butters619

        Yeah I was doing that math and realized that’s a big chunk to cut off. But it would be .13″ wider than the current M and .33″ taller. And that phone already has a bit too much vertical bezel.

        • Captain_Doug

          True. That thing has a Jay Leno chin and a Conan O’Brien forehead.

          • mgamerz

            My boss has a Razr M and it’s kind of difficult to hold or use. Like if you want to sure and be on the phone at the same time its really difficult since the proximity sensor is like right next to the screen.

          • Captain_Doug

            I agree. My father in law has one and it’s too small for me. Very slippery too.

          • No problems here with my Razr i (which is exactly the same as the Razr M except for the CPU).

          • paul_cus

            Same here. I love the 4.3 screen and the dimensions of the RAZR i. If it’s a bigger phone they’re trying to do, I’m not sure I’d want it.

    • M stood for mid-range, not for mini.

      • Butters619

        Pretty sure internally it stood for mini