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HTC One Mini: smaller, cheaper and just as nice

Posted In Smartphones - By John Script On Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 With 0 Comments

HTC One was the ultimate success for HTC, a company that was facing low sales and financial problems. Although ONE helped the company to double their revenues in third quarter of the year, it hasn’t brought an increase in profits. Without going to much into financial analyzes, I will say that HTC One is one of the most serious candidates for the title of “The best phone of 2013”. Now, HTC decided to launch a Mini version of HTC One, a device that keeps as many of the strengths of the basic model but is both smaller and more affordable.

Construction, design, ergonomics

I’m pretty sure that everyone who get their hands on One Mini for the first time will probably be surprised by the height of the terminal. HTC One’s dimensions where a little bit extreme for its class, and the Mini version is using the same extreme proportions: it is rather high for a model with a screen of 4.3″. The device has a narrow profile, because it is almost as tall as 4,7” display phones like HTC One X or Google Nexus 4.

HTC One Mini 3

The reason for the unprecedented irregular height is the existence of the two front speakers and the bar with tactile buttons, which have almost the same size as HTC One, to which was added a smaller screen. This combination has resulted an increased height and width ratio. This ratio will probably bother some users when they will try to use the Power/Lock button (found in the same unfortunate location).

In terms of design, One Mini has the same visual characteristic features of its predecessor, and they are easily recognizable. Just as in the original model, the back is made ​​of a single piece of polished aluminum, it has a slight curvature designed that will probably ensure a good grip in hand. The only visible difference is the relocation of camera and the microphone.


HTC One Mini Features

  • Display: 4.3 “, 1280 x 720 pixel, SLCD 2, Gorilla Glass 3
  • OS: Android 4.2.2
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930
  • Processor: Krait 200, 1.4 GHz dual-core
  • Graphics Processor: Adreno 305
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Memory: 16 GB (~ 10 GB available)
  • Card: no
  • 4G: Yes
  • WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
  • USB: microUSB
  • Camera 4 MP, autofocus, HDR, burst, panorama
  • Shooting video: 1080p HDR
  • Front camera: 1.6 MP
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Dimensions: 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm
  • Weight: 122 grams
  • Other: FM radio, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct

HTC One Mini is exactly what a mini version should be: cheaper, not as fast as the original but still good enough for most users. It offers excellent ergonomics, a fancy aluminum case and good hardware platform for mid-range class and average performance. Amongst the cons of One Mini we find the 4MP camera (the HTC UltraPixel Camera is still not convincing for me) and the weak autonomy. Some users may not like the height of this smartphone.

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