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HTC One mini 2 is here: 13 MP and 5 MP cameras, BoomSound, and a 4.5" display

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HTC One mini 2 is here: 13 MP and 5 MP cameras, BoomSound, and a 4.5
Where there's smoke, there's fire - we've been hearing about a potential sequel to last year's "mini" version of HTC's flagship, and the company didn't disappoint. HTC One mini 2 just got announced, and the most notable thing about it is that it eschews the UltraPixel camera line of HTC for a 13 MP backside-illuminated sensor. Given that the HTC One (M8) sports the unique Duo Camera that uses two sensor/lens combos for extra depth perception, the getup might have been too complicated to place into the more compact One mini 2, plus now we'll be able to resolve more detail in the pictures, as the UltraPixel unit, despite all its touted virtues, is still with a 4 MP sensor.

What most people are looking at in the trendy "mini" flagship versions, is a more compact chassis than the larger sibling, whose screens now cross well into the 5" mark at times. Well, the One mini 2 doesn't disappoint here, too, as it sports a much smaller chassis than the One (M8), housing a 4.5" display with 720x1280 pixels of resolution. The rest of the specs make it a decent midranger, too, as the munchkin sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage (12 GB user-available). This time HTC has provided a microSD card slot, too, which alone makes it a worthy upgrade from last year's One mini.

Add to these the new 5 MP wide-angle front camera, the BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, plus a larger, 2100 mAh battery, and the One mini 2 becomes a serious contender in the crowded midrange category. The handset runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, with Sense 6.0 sprinkled on top. As for price and availability, all we know so far is that the HTC One mini 2 will be available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold in EMEA countries and Asia from June, while the North American release is yet to be commented on. Do you like what HTC did with the "mini" One this year?

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posted on 15 May 2014, 02:03 7

1. Duketytz (Posts: 519; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Why do companies have these 'mini' phones which are midrange? Is sony really the only company that is concerned about the users in the premium sector that wants a compact flagship? Come on, HTC you can do better!

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:09

5. maherk (Posts: 1183; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


True that, Sony is the only one in the Android market providing a pure mini of there flagship phone. I would really love it if they stepped their game up when it comes to marketing, because Android loyalists need another dominant player to push each other and give us the best devices possible.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:58

19. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


because no one will buy a mini which is priced like a flaship. plus these days 5 inchers are considered compact...

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:06 16

2. ara.armagedon (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 May 2013)


I actually like this one better than the M8, guess why? (you have 13 guesses)

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:16

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yeah, a mini better than its flagship atleast in Camera.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:06 1

3. maherk (Posts: 1183; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I usually don't care about thick bezels, but I hate them on the mini 2. I just saw a hands on comparison on gsmarena, and god, the ones on the mini are almost 5mm thicker than the bezels on the M8. HTC must do something with their upcoming phones and eliminate them, look at the Z2, much much improved bezels than those found on the original Z and Z1.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:11 2

7. maccess (Posts: 632; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


This one mini 2 even bigger than the original one.. what a nonsense.. those black htc logo bezel such a pain for my eyes!!

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:19 1

11. maherk (Posts: 1183; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


There is the super thick bezels, the size that is now almost as big as the original M7, and the 1gb of ram. HTC is shooting themselve in the foot with their strategy, they need to learn from LG and Sony, they are doing their best to lure Samsung buyers to their side, and HTC is standing there arrogantly with their stupid management.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:07 4

4. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Yeah, i dont expect this one to be priced reasonably.

HTC's arrogant pricing is what pulling them into the mud.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:14 1

9. tiara6918 (Posts: 1524; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


in my country the desire 816 is about half the price of the m8. So I think htc might price this one mini 2 reasonably

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:11 3

6. uchihakurtz (Posts: 275; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


The first Mini that out-performs (in camera) the original.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:12 1

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 1524; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This is gonna be a hit especially with htc's right strategy. Just price it somewhere near the price range of the desire 816

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:15 6

10. mayur007 (Posts: 465; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Still wont success

1gb ram in 2014 learn from sony

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:39 3

12. amats69 (Posts: 1129; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


*succeed

posted on 15 May 2014, 05:36

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Sony why compromise

posted on 15 May 2014, 03:17

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3615; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Actually i'm impressed with an overall package with the sexy aluminium body. Hope they price it right to make it a tempting mid ranger. But moto G is also a quite similiar experience atleast in specs.

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:09

14. Alex123 (Posts: 227; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


For me personally, nothing to complain about this time but just hope HTC prices it right then i will get one too :). I really wonder on how htc will price this phone because HTC One (M7) is USD 560 while One mini (M7) costs USD 430. Hopefully, it is below the One (M7)

posted on 15 May 2014, 04:32

15. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


That moment when mini version has better camera than flagship version........... Plus i want to know why companies are not using s4 pro processor or s600 processor in this year's mini or their midrange devices......???

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:14 1

18. AzizMorro (Posts: 7; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


HTC is the best

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:59

20. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


If it weren't for the bezels, this would be a great phone.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:45

21. newbey123 (Posts: 451; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Very impressive. If I were going to get a mini version of a phone, this would be it, best option on the market. Good job HTC.

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:50

22. rdaex (Posts: 96; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Xperia Mini would be a much better choice

posted on 15 May 2014, 12:57

23. Odiin (Posts: 301; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Another disastrous!

Only Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the true mini.

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