HTC One Mini Officially Announced + My Thoughts

HTC has today announced officially the younger brother to the HTC One, the HTC One Mini, bringing some of the features from the One but with some sacrifices too, let’s dive further in shall we?




As you might expect the HTC One Mini looks very similar to it’s bigger brother the HTC One and has specifications to that of a mid range device.

HTC One (Left) VS. HTC One Mini (Right) Image Credit: HTC

HTC One (Left) VS. HTC One Mini (Right) Image Credit: HTC

The HTC One Mini comes with a 4.3 inch 720p resolution display compared to the 4.7 inch 1080p panel found on the One, but for this small screen size, you’re still getting a great pixel density of  341 PPI, which should make text crisp and sharp. It weighs less at 122 grams compared to the 143 grams of the One and obviously is a smaller form factor overall but just shaving off 0.25 mm of girth in thickness. Another sacrifice here is with the processor, the HTC One Mini comes with a Snapdragon 400 dual core processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz compared to the Snapdragon 600 Quad Core, clocked at 1.7 GHz found on the One; however HTC insists you’ll still get a smooth experience with Sense 5 and all it brings included BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe.

HTC One Mini Back (Image Credit: HTC UK Twitter)

HTC One Mini Back (Image Credit: HTC UK Twitter)

Speaking of HTC Zoe, let’s talk about the camera. The 4 MP rear facing ultrapixel has survived through to the HTC One but you lose the optical image stabilization feature, and the camera does record full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second as well as HDR Video which is a nice touch. The front facing camera is a mediocre 1.6 MP but should be decent enough for video calling and the like. Storage wise, you’ll find a 16 GB on the HTC One Mini and the phone comes with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM .

HTC One Mini (Image Credit: HTC)

HTC One Mini (Image Credit: HTC)

The HTC One Mini is running the latest iteration of Android, 4.2.2 Jellybean with Sense 5. This is all powered by a 1800 mAH battery which HTC says should give up to 20 hours talk time on GSM and 500 hours standby time on GSM. The HTC One Mini will be available in select markets from August and it’s expected to launch globally from September. There will be two colours at launch, Glacial Silver and Stealth Black.

More info on the UK availability and pricing comes courtesy of Pocket-Lint:

 My Thoughts

It certainly is interesting that nowadays we can call a 4.3 inch smartphone as “mini”, gone are the days when people thought 3.5 inches was the norm *cough* iPhone *cough*, but now we’re being accustomed to 4.3, 4.5 and even 5 inches from devices by Samsung and Sony. I think this device will be great for people on a budget that want to get the latest HTC Sense experience as in being able to take Zoe’s and listening to music through the Boomsound dual front facing speakers. It will depend on how this device is marketed as to how well it sells. We’ll try and get hands on to bring you guys coverage of this device so stay tuned.

HTC One Mini Hands on from Phones4u:

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Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

So what do you guys think of the HTC One Mini? Will it be a smartphone that makes its way into your pocket? Let us know in the comment section below.

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