- Powerful apps and widgets
- Surprisingly high quality image
- Affordable price
- Slow processing CPU
- No IR port
After the massive success of the HTC One, the Taiwanese company announced that a new smaller version will soon enter the market. This new smaller version of the HTC One will have all the features of the original one within a slightly smaller package. We say ‘all the features’ quite loosely in this context, as the newer version will be slightly downgraded in terms of hardware, although all other features will still be functional. Beautifully designed, the HTC One Mini uses a smaller resolution than the original, which isn’t much of a surprise considering how small it is.
While looking very similar to HTC One in every aspect, the mini version does differentiate itself through a wrap-around plastic edge. The screen is a 4.3 inch 720p HD compatible, which by the looks of it seems to be slightly better than similar mini versions from its competitors. Only 132×63.2×9.25mm in size, the HTC One Mini weights as little as 122g, which makes it a lot lighter than the original.
In terms of power, the HTC One Mini uses a 1.4 GHz dual core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, which is slightly inferior to the HTC One that has a quad core processor and 2GB or RAM. This however, was to be expected from the mini version, as most mini products from other companies on the market did exactly the same.
The 16GB storage isn’t that great unfortunately, and the fact that it lacks micro-SD support makes the whole thing even worse. This however, doesn’t take away from its usefulness as the HTC One never truly impressed anyone with its storage capacity.
As for the camera, the HTC One Mini uses a 4MP Ultrapixel camera with no NFC, no OIS, and no IR blaster for the power button which in all fairness, makes the HTC One Mini pretty primitive in terms of camera support. This is just a first impression however, as the Mini does indeed redeem itself once you get to actually take pictures with it. The low-light performance of the device is incredibly good, and high quality photos along with 1080p videos seem to be working just fine.
The HTC One Mini’s battery is average at best, which in light of HTC One’s similar problem makes us wonder when HTC will finally decide to address this problem after all. Of course that by reducing the device’s size they had to sacrifice something, but maybe they should have chosen something else. The mini’s 1,800 mAh battery seems to power the Snapdragon 400 CPU just fine for the most part, although a more 2,100 mAh battery would have been better.
As the original, the HTC One Mini uses an Android OS which is none other than Jelly Bean 4.2.2. There isn’t much to be said about the Jelly Bean that hasn’t been said already so we’ll be moving on. The device’s pre-installed features involve a very innovative Blinkfeed, a reliable social aggregate widget, and a new HTC Sense UI that brings some pretty interesting add-ons to the way HTC One handles taps and touches.
Although not as reliable as the original, the HTC One Mini does in fact look like a good product in its own right. Its 1080p HD display combined with a dual-core Snapdragon CPU makes it a bit inferior to the original, but then again, it was to be expected from a trimmed down version of the HTC One. If you’re looking for a fast device boosting state of the art technology, you better look someplace else. If, however, you are looking for a reliable device that fits into the palm of your hand, then by all means, give HTC One Mini a try.