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HTC One mini goes official, 720p screen and UltraPixel camera in tow

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HTC One mini goes official, 720p screen and UltraPixel camera in tow
Finally, this ain't a rumor, guys! The real deal has been unveiled at last. Meet the HTC One mini – a physically smaller version of the HTC One, aiming to pack as much cool as its larger sibling, but in a more compact, pocket-friendly package.

So our guess is that you're wondering how small the new smartphone really is. And it is nice that we now have the exact figures. To start, the HTC One mini comes with a 4.3-inch, 720x1280 pixel display vs the One's 4.7-inch 1080p screen. At 122 grams, the new model is also lighter, all the while being made of machine-milled metal, following in the One's footsteps. The mini isn't much slimmer than the HTC One, however, with a thickness of 9.25 millimeters at its thickest point. Thankfully, the HTC One mini's tapered sides should at least make it feel much slimmer than it is.

The HTC One mini has its processing punch delivered by a dual-core Snapdragon 400 SoC with a processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Of course, that's not as potent of a chip as the Snapdragon 600 fitted inside the HTC One, but we doubt that the smartphone's performance would disappoint. 1GB of RAM is on board, which is still okay for a mid-range device, although another gig would have been more than welcome.

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

HTC has chosen to put an UltraPixel camera with a 1/3" sensor size on the One mini, whether we like it or not. Our guess is that the snapper's performance would be close to that of the HTC One's camera, although there's one notable feature that has been omitted in the mini's case. In particular, the HTC One mini does not have optical image stabilization. What the UltraPixel camera does have in its feature set, on the other hand, is 1080p HDR and slow motion video recording. On the front side of the device is embedded a 1.6MP front-facing cam.

And speaking of its front, the HTC One mini has adopted the One's frontal stereo speakers. Moreover, each of them has its own dedicated amplifier, delivering rich, clear, distortion-free audio. Naturally, Beats Audio is on board with its clever audio enhancement tech.

If having a microSD card is a must for your needs, then you might want to look away now. While the HTC One mini does have 16GB of on-board storage, which is still alright, there is no way of expanding it with a microSD card. The built-in, non-removable battery has an okay, if not rather small-ish capacity of 1800mAh.

As for the software part of the equation, the HTC One mini will come running Android 4.2, which is the newest version available to date. The interface will be heavily modified, of course, by layering the HTC Sense UI on top of it, presented in its latest form. HTC BlinkFeed will also be on board, instantly providing the user with relevant information from social networks and across the internet.

The HTC One mini is projected to launch in select markets in August and we sure hope it won't face any delays as the One did. Then in September, the smartphone should become available globally. At this time, only two color variants of it have been announced, named Glacial Silver and Stealth Black. Pricing has yet to be specified.

source: HTC

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posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:01 11

1. pyradark (Posts: 855; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

I prefer Xperia ZR and SP than this!!!

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:07 5

6. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Problem with both those handsets is display. Its very poor compared to the SLCD3 on this phone.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:27 4

18. Kurai (unregistered)

The only problem i see on the display on those two handsets from sony is the viewing angles and everyone make a very big deal out of it. . . .

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 17:24

37. cdgm2509 (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

I (personally) think that viewing angles is the stupidest thing they can compare between smartphones. People say "that works when you want to show something to your friends". I don't buy a friking phone to "show things to my friends, I buy it to use myself.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 06:22 2

21. pyradark (Posts: 855; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)

micro sd, water resistance, cool lighting effects
i rather have those than SLCD3 which kick by mobile bravia engine only at photos & video gallery :)

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 13:19

36. GTR722 (Posts: 261; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)

Are you ALWAYS looking at a 160° ??

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 02:44

38. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Xperia ZR have good viewing angle you can check here

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 03:01

39. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

so Xperia ZR have great display, and the only problem with Xperia SP is mediocre viewing angle. but Xperia SP still have other great things to offer like more powerful Cpu and Gpu, sensitive screen, bigger battery, customizeable notification light effects, sd card, and Xperia SP also have great build quality.

But Xperia ZR will crush HTC One Mini because ZR have great display with good contras, brightness and viewing angle, quad core S4 pro Cpu and adreno 320 Gpu, bigger and removeable battery, sd card, better camera, water and dust resistant

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:23

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Xperia V is a cheaper bet

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:07 4

16. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

The only problem i can see with this is 1800mAh battery.
16 Gb isnt enough for me either, i need 32. I still have 11Gb left of my 32Gb phone. So, 32 is more than enough but 16 is insufficient.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:02 1

23. vandroid (Posts: 328; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

HTC just didn't learn they keep making the same mistakes over and over the micro sd card slot is a deal breaker for some people

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:15 1

32. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Battery life is horrible on this thing and still no SD CARD. And youre right the ZR is better than this thing.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:42

35. amro99 (Posts: 105; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)

I dont know about zr, but Don't even think about Sony's sp dude! Have bought it for my brother, it has 3 unforgivable problems: screen has horrible viewing angles, and by that I don't mean any extreme angles. The WiFi reception is extremely poor, and its a known issue for all the owners. Last but not least, camera is good for nothing, not as good as 5mp cameras of 2 years ago!!!! Have never had such dissappoint ing issue with my HTC phones

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:03

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2036; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Nice one

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:04 2

3. indianapple89 (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Good looking but not enough competition to the Nexus 4.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:26 2

28. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

What's your point? Its a mid range device. It isn't made to compete with the Nexus 4 which is a high experience device.

posted on 19 Jul 2013, 10:13

40. indianapple89 (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

True... However Its probably going to be priced the same as the Nexus 4. Hence the comparison.

Price is what ultimately decides it for the consumer.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:53

30. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

this is better

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:05

4. aditzut (Posts: 12; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)

Good loking phone!

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:06 4

5. wando77 (Posts: 839; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

Sort those bezels out htc

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:12 8

7. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)

Sorry HTC, but the S4 mini is better than this, imo.
It's got an sd card slot(a major advantage), and is truly featherweight, even more compact, has more RAM and a bit more powerful processor.
The battery endurance seems excellent too, judging by the GSMArena test

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:51

12. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

the ram is the same (1gb)

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:18 4

26. Meleagru (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

The S4 mini has 1.5 Gb.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:53 6

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

Screen is better here and design as well.......also speakers are a lot better. So its going to boil down to preference and PRICE with this phone.

#Price will say it all

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:30

34. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)

yo the s4 mini costs as much as 2 n4's

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:13 4

8. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

It will surely be overpriced.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:15 2

9. rency0722 (Posts: 157; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

Xperia ZR is the best downgraded phone over Xperia Z with compromise only on screen, internal memory and design.

Look at the Samsung GS4 and GS4 mini, adding this HTC One to HTC One mini.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:58

14. adrianzka (Posts: 60; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)

I think the ZR isn't exactly a downgraded variant of Z. It's more like a variant of Z with lower res smaller screen, lower memory, and worse design and adding more water resistance. Usually a downgraded phone will have worse processor.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:29 4

11. wendygarett (unregistered)

talk about mid range king, Huawei ascent p6 is a winner here, so please stop the fanboy fight and wait for the moto x announcement...

but that's only the android turf, when compare to lumia 820, BlackBerry q5, and the cheap cheap iPhone... I'm sorry to say that lumia 820 remains the winner overall because of lte

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:05 1

15. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)

Huawei? No thanks. I dont need extra spying from China after the USA. /s

But seriously, i will never consider Huawei, or ZTE.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:19

27. Meleagru (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

Cheap iPhone? Come again?

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 04:57

13. boosook (Posts: 1436; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

OK, so finally we see the actual specifications, and it turns out that the M4 will be just a standard mid-range smartphone.
Without the optical stabilizer, there's no point in buying a phone with an underperforming camera. RAM is just standard for the mid range. I don't like Samsung, but the S4 mini has 1.5GB, and higher cpu frequency and better camera. The M4 will have a better screen and the dual speaker design. But surely it's not the "high-end phone squeezed in a smaller body" that we were expecting, and at this point I'll wait for the Moto X or the new Nexus, or the 3,5'' Acer Liquid ZX. Good bye HTC and thank you for letting us dream for a couple of months. :)

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:24 1

17. SakuroAkino (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)

Xperia zr much much better
Which is running quad s4 krait with 2gb ram with ip58 rating
With micro sd card expansion

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 05:34

19. Feanor (Posts: 703; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

So the new stupid trend started by Samsung is to create conventional mid rangers and name them flagship-mini. Sorry but real mini versions would downgrade only size, not all the spec list. S3 mini, S4 mini and now One mini are just marketing terms for their normal mid rangers, nothing more. Even the similar design doesn't make a device a true mini, it's just family identity.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 06:34 2

22. Lyngdoh (Posts: 264; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

It seems like people have forgotten the old Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and Nokia N97 mini. As far as I remember these are the first minis I have ever known (May be there's a mini before these) but S3 mini is not the first mini.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:11

24. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

What? 1800mAh, no NFC, 1GB RAM, only 16GB? I would say that it so ugly, HTC made a wrong decision with One mini

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:14

25. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

And this is a reason to make company down and down. Again, battery is very important for user

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 07:32

29. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I'm not understanding why the smallish battery. even mid range phones should have at least a 2000 mah battery. samsung got a bit closer with 1900 mah, but gave 1.5gb of RAM. I guess once we see the pricing, then we can really determine if it's worth looking at. I'm guessing at subsidized pricing, $149.99. smart money would put it at $99.99, but we will see.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 08:56

31. phoenix985 (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Well guys, i don't get it...some comments really don't make any sense. First of all I would like to say this is a great device, but also, might be a large fail for HTC and I will explain why. Main criteria for buying a mini device is compactness, followed with decent specs. HTC one mini fails on the very first criteria, although it has great specs. This phone is not mini at all, just look at it, its almost the same size S3/S4 is so a lot of ppl wouldn't consider mini, yet downgraded ONE with a bit smaller size. Putting the size on the side, it has almost all specs lower that S4 mini (CPU, RAM, battery, camera, no removable battery, no sd slot), yet very few advantages such as looks and screen. Although it has better screen, this could also be a disadvantage since it is a lot more power demanding than qhd screen, and having in mind smaller battery than S4 mini, it is clear S4 mini will outperform ONE mini in this segment by far, and the qhd full rgb matrix SAMOLED screen is great although its not 720p. Maybe its outdated according to the 2013 flagships, but if I consider my S2 still a great phone with a great screen for my needs, which has even lower res. Not to mention SAMSUNG updates (at least one major update) and HTC updates (nonexistent except flagships). Having all this in mind, it comes only to looks, and we can say speakers. From all that we may conclude that S4 mini will sell far better coz it has all the mini range buyers want. Great CPU, GPU, RAM, battery, camera, software support, removable battery and SD slot. HTC will succeed in this case only if priced a lot cheaper which I highly doubt so as a competition to S4 mini i can see only SONY XP V, but in that battle its also matter of preferences. If someone can prove me wrong I would be glad to listen:) That's just my observation made following common sense.

posted on 18 Jul 2013, 09:24

33. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

The perfect phone for me is now... meh. No IR Blaster (I would LOVE to con-troll everything with it!) No OIS (and I really need a stabilizer) and many other features that were cut from the big One to fit on the mini... oh well, gotta wait to see what Apple has for me, as I'm not buying the plastic S4 mini (seriously, the S-apps, save one or two, ARE a kind of bloatware, from which I can't escape, and TouchWiz

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