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HTC One mini 2 vs Moto G vs LG G2 mini: specs comparison

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HTC One mini 2 vs Moto G vs LG G2 mini: specs comparison
The HTC One mini 2 has just gotten official, and it’s an all-around nice upgrade from the original HTC One mini, but how does it compare against the competition?

First, let’s talk about the specs of the One mini 2 itself. Under its gorgeous aluminum hood lies a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 system chip with a quad-core Cortex-A7-based processor running at up to 1.2GHz along with 1GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 400 system chip lies right in the mid-range, it’s a farcry from the top performing 800 series, but it’s surprisingly decently snappy and will run even more intense games (but with less detail).

The competition? We looked for the two other important Snapdragon 400 devices out there - the Motorola Moto G and the LG G2 mini. The Moto G is one of Motorola’s biggest successes in recent years, since it packs such good hardware at an extremely affordable price. In pure specs, it’s completely on par with the one mini 2, but in price the difference should be huge. Then comes the LG G2 mini. The Snapdragon 400-powered LG has the same chip, but a disappointingly low-res display - its 4.5” screen is of qHD (540 x 960-pixel) resolution only.

The next hugely important factor in specs is the camera. Gone are the UltraPixels from the HTC One (M8), and gone is the Duo camera. Instead, HTC goes with a very sensible, high-res 13-meagpixel camera with a BSI sensor and an f/2.2 lens on top. You’ll see what the competition brings in the table right below, but before we leave you with it, it’s worth mentioning that the HTC One mini 2 also packs dual speakers on the front. This is a bonus no other mid-range phone delivers, and it’s also to remind you that not all can be seen in specs.

But a lot can, and that’s why you should see who wins in this cold-blooded spec battle right below.

HTC One mini 2 vs Motorola Moto G vs LG G2 mini

Design
OSAndroid (4.4) HTC Sense 6 UIAndroid (4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)Android (4.4.2)
Dimensions5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches (137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm)5.11 x 2.59 x 0.46 inches (129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6 mm)5.10 x 2.60 x 0.39 inches (129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm)
Weight4.83 oz (137 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
4.27 oz (121 g)
the average is 4.8 oz (137 g)
Body materialMetal  
Display
Physical size4.5 inches4.5 inches4.7 inches
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

326 ppi329 ppi234 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

S-LCD 2IPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio62.48 %64.51 %71.18 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 216 
Camera
Camera13 megapixels5 megapixels8 megapixels
FlashLEDLEDLED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.2 F2.4
Camcorder1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)Yes
Recording formatMPEG4  
Front-facing camera5 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Video capture1920x1080 (1080p HD)1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps) 
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400Qualcomm Snapdragon 400Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7Quad core, 1200 MHzQuad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Graphics processorYesAdreno 305Adreno 305
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

1024 MB RAM1024 MB RAM / LPDDR21024 MB RAM / LPDDR2
Built-in storage16 GB8 GB8 GB
Storage expansionmicroSD, microSDHC, microSDXC microSD
Battery
Talk time (3G)16.20 hours
the average is 15 h (899 min)
  
Stand-by time (3G)23.2 days (556 hours)
the average is 23 days (543 h)
  
Capacity2100 mAh2070 mAh2440 mAh
TypeLi - PolymerLi - IonLi - Ion
Not user replaceableYes  
Technology
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

 800, 1900 MHz 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz  
DataLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRSHSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.ALTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS
Shopping information
MSRP price $ 179 


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posted on 15 May 2014, 02:20 2

1. regkilla (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


LG G2 Mini a fail.

posted on 15 May 2014, 02:21 3

2. maherk (Posts: 1112; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The only worthy of the name mini is the Z1 compact, a mini sized flagship when it comes to it's specs.

posted on 15 May 2014, 07:46

3. jdella681 (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Oct 2009)


Aside from pixel density how is it a fail?

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:07

4. newbey123 (Posts: 449; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Good job HTC. Best all around mini version available.

posted on 15 May 2014, 08:28 1

5. tokuzumi (Posts: 332; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I'd love to see a camera comparison between the HTC Mini and the M8. I bet HTC purposely makes the pictures crappy on the mini, so it can justify their crappy "ultra-pixel" nonsense camera.

posted on 15 May 2014, 09:35

6. antmiu2 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


pricing will make the difference

posted on 15 May 2014, 10:12

7. 0kax0el0 (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


Seems like a good option to try in the coming future.

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