The smartphone makers have different approaches when it comes to the mini versions of their flagship smartphones. While Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini is still pricey despite having less than decent technical specifications, HTC’s One Mini will probably be one of the most attractive mid-rangers of the market. Besides boasting an HD display, the One Mini comes with pretty impressive technical specs. Moreover, it is almost identical with the HTC One flagship in terms of design, which will make it a great alternative for the customers who don’t want to pay too much for a premium-looking smartphone.
The HTC One Mini sports a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and Gorilla Glass 3 protection, while running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with the company’s proprietary Sense 5 user interface on top of it. The Taiwan-based phone maker chose Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 chipset to underpin the One Mini, based on a dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait 300 CPU and an Adreno 305 GPU.
The new smartphone comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage, and, unfortunately, a microSD card slot was not included.
Just like it was reported before its official announcement, the HTC One Mini borrows the 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera from its bigger brother, but the OIS has been ditched. Still you will get autofocus, LED flash, full HD video recording at 30 fps, and HDR.
The HTC One Mini has all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone: HSPA+, LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and aptX, and microUSB 2.0. The terminal has a 1,800 mAh battery, while measuring 132 x 63 x 9,3 mm and weighing 122 grams.
I don’t want to be accused of bashing Samsung, but its Galaxy Mini terminals failed to impress me. Last year’s flagship, the Galaxy S3 had a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, while the S3 Mini had a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. When the Galaxy S4 jumped to full HD resolution I expected the Galaxy S4 Mini to come with an HD display, but it didn’t. Samsung decided to use a 540 x 960 pixels display, probably in an attempt not to cannibalize Galaxy S3’s sales. In my opinion, HTC chose the correct recipe for an attractive mid-range smartphone.
In terms of design and construction, the HTC One Mini looks like shrunken HTC One. Its case is 50 mm shorter and narrower than the one of the HTC One. The HTC One Mini is just as thin as its bigger brother, but it is 20 grams lighter. HTC has kept the front-facing speakers for the One Mini, while the case is still made of aluminum. On the back, the main difference between the One Mini and the flagship are the location of the LED flash and camera mic. The bezel around the body now has a glossy look, while the volume rocker has been replaced with two compact Volume Up/Down buttons.
For a smartphone that packs a 4.3-inch display the HTC One Mini is a bit too tall, which is a consequence of the front-facing speakers. Even though it doesn’t come with an IPS display, those who got their hands on the smartphone reported that it doesn’t lack quality. The battery has been reduced to 1,800 mAh, but the more battery efficient chispet should compensate.
The Taiwanese phone maker announced that the HTC One Mini release date in Europe and North American markets has be set for August. The mid-ranger will debut globally in September. HTC One Mini will have a price tag of around €450.