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
|OS||Android (4.4) HTC Sense 6 UI||Android (5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3)||Android (4.4.2)|
|Dimensions||5.41 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)|
|Weight||4.83 oz (137 g)|
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
|5.04 oz (143 g)|
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
| 4.27 oz (121 g)|
the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
|Materials||Main body: metal|
|Physical size||4.5 inches||4.5 inches||4.7 inches|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels||720 x 1280 pixels||540 x 960 pixels|
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 ppi||329 ppi||234 ppi|
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 2||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Screen-to-body ratio||62.48 %||64.51 %||71.18 %|
|Colors||16 777 216||16 777 216|
|Camera||13 megapixels||5 megapixels||8 megapixels|
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.
|Camera sensor size||1/3"|
|Pixel size||1.12 μm|
|Camcorder||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)||Yes|
|Front-facing camera||5 megapixels||1.3 megapixels||1.3 megapixels|
|Video capture||1920x1080 (1080p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD) (30 fps)|
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 400||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926|
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-A7||Quad core, 1200 MHz||Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7|
|Graphics processor||Yes||Adreno 305||Adreno 305|
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 RAM||1024 MB RAM / LPDDR2||1024 MB RAM / LPDDR2|
|Built-in storage||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD|
|Talk time (3G)||16.20 hours|
the average is 16 h (934 min)
|Stand-by time (3G)||23.2 days (556 hours)|
the average is 24 days (570 h)
|Capacity||2100 mAh||2070 mAh||2440 mAh|
|Type||Li - Polymer||Li - Ion||Li - Ion|
|Not user replaceable||Yes|
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|
|GSM||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
|UMTS||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
|FDD LTE||800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz|
|Data||LTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS||HSDPA+ (4G) 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, EV-DO Rev.A||LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS|
|MSRP price||$ 179|