HTC One Mini review

HTC One Mini review

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  • The HTC One, had everything going for it but did you find it just that bit too big? Well, check out the newer, smaller HTC One Mini

    HTC One Mini review

    Love

    • Snazzy design
    • Great size
    • Strong camera

    Hate

    • Slower processor
    • Unexceptional display
    • Shorter battery life

    Update: HTC One has launched another pared down version of his current flagship phone - the HTC One M8. Check out our HTC One Mini 2 hands-on review

    The HTC One is a gorgeous, powerful smartphone that feels fantastic in the hand thanks to its all-metal back and looks sensational because of the highest-resolution screen yet seen. But its size made it feel just too big for some hands.

    While every manufacturer has been cruising towards bigger screens so that 5-inch displays are becoming the norm, HTC recognised that there’s an audience for a well-built, classy phone for those who think the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen is quite big enough, thank you.

    set to go head to head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the Nokia Lumia 625, the HTC One Mini is strikingly similar to the HTC One.

    The same speakers sitting at top and bottom of the display to offer that Beats Audio Boomsound, same aluminium back with central HTC logo and so on. In fact, if it weren’t for the white plastic edge, you’d be hard put to tell it apart from the bigger phone without a tape measure.

    HTC One Mini: Size and build

    The white plastic frame, instead of the HTC One’s aluminium edging, is the only element of the new handset that’s less than premium, and even so, it doesn’t look bad, it’s just a slight style change from the original. It’s visually a little more dominant compared to the One where the black screen stretched to the very edges of the screen.

    And the glossy edge is arguably more comfortable to the touch. And it’s when you touch it that you really feel the difference. This is a lot lighter (122g instead of 143g) and feels superbly right-sized in your fingers, the gently curving back making it feel thinner than it is. The measurements, if you’d like to know, are 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm.

     

    Some of the features on the Mini have been cut back, and one of these is visible. The power button on the HTC One was the infra-red emitter that let the phone work as an actually quite serviceable remote control. That’s been left out of the Mini so the button is the same white plastic as the frame, on the silver version of the phone.

    The Mini has the same colour choices as before, Glacial Silver and Black. As last time, this phone is a sealed unit, so there’s no flex or creaking as you move it in your hands.

  • The HTC One Mini is a scaled down version of the brand's popular flagship HTC One Android handset. T3 went hands-on...

    HTC One Mini review

    Love

    • Snazzy design
    • Great size
    • Strong camera

    Hate

    • Slower processor
    • Unexceptional display
    • Shorter battery life

    The HTC One Mini is a slightly smaller, lower-specced version of the award-winning HTC One - a mini HTC One, if you like, and is set to take on mid-priced rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Mini S4 (and older Samsung Galaxy S3), the Sony Xperia SP and the iPhone 4S.

    Aimed squarely at those who can't afford (or refuse to pay for) top-tier handsets like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5, the Mini is a great alternative for those that were hesitant over sinking their hard- earned pennies into the HTC One when it launched.

    HTC One Mini: Size and build

    The Mini sports the same metal construction as its older sibling, although it's not quite identical. A few of the premium touches have been left off, such as the textured finished on the volume rocker, while the plastic on the edge of the handset extends to a small bezel on the front, unlike the flush finish on the HTC One.

    Measuring 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm, the Mini is smaller than the One, which actually makes it far easier to use one-handed. The longer shape is similar to the elongated iPhone 5 and at 122g it's pretty lightweight. It will be available in "glacial silver" or "stealth black".

    HTC One Mini: Features

    While the spec isn't quite as fancy, you'll find a lot of the same features here that appear on the HTc One, such as the Blinkfeed homescreen and the "Boomsound" front speakers.

    HTC One Mini: Screen

    At 4.3 inches, the Mini's screen is substantially smaller than that of the HTC One (which measures in at 4.7 inches). The 720p HD resolution results in a pixel density of 341PPI which although not quite as impressive as the flagship model, is still bright and clear.

    HTC One Mini: Camera

    The camera sports the same sensor as found on the HTC One, with the brand sticking to its "ultrapixels" over megapixels story. You'll also get F2.0 aperture, a 28 mm lens and Full HD 1080p video capture. The front camera is lower-specced, with a 1.6MP sensor and 720p video recording.

    As with the HTC One, the new handset sports the maker's Zoe software, which takes numerous images along with a video clip, which can be used to create slideshows. The phone automatically creates 30-second montages at the end of each day.

    The Android 4.4.2 update will also allow for more themes plus the ability to use your own music for the soundtrack.

    HTC One Mini: Performance

    The Mini runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, clocking in at 1.4GHz. In storage terms you'll get 16GB as standard, plus 1GB of RAM. During our short hands-on, we found the handset to be zippy and responsive although, just like the HTC One, the metal back gets pretty hot after you've been using it for more than a few minutes.

    HTC One Mini: Battery

     

    The One Mini sports a rechargable Li-Polymer battery with a 1800mAh capacity that offers up to 13.27 hours of talk time on 3G, says HTC. We didn't have a chance to test out the battery life in our short time with the phone, but it's something that we'll be putting to the test as soon as we get a full review samples in at T3 Towers.

    HTC One Mini: Verdict

    The HTC One Mini looks set to be a popular phone - as it takes most of what made the HTC One great, but packages it in a cheaper, easier-to-hold Android phone. Although pricing has yet to be confirmed, we expect the Mini to sport a similar price to its main rival - the Samsung Galaxy S4. Stay tuned for a full review...

    HTC One Mini release date: August 2013

    HTC One Mini price: TBC | Compare HTC One Mini deals 

    Hands-on review by Libby Plummer

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