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HTC One mini 2 Review

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HTC One mini 2 Review

HTC One mini 2 Review
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HTC One mini 2 Review
HTC One mini 2 Review
HTC One mini 2 Review
HTC One mini 2 Review
Compared to its bigger brother, the M8 - HTC One mini 2 Review

Compared to its bigger brother, the M8

HTC One mini 2 Review
Introduction


Not wasting any time, veteran smartphone maker HTC is quickly launching the very first off-side variant of its beloved flagship in the HTC One M8. Coming in with a more form-fitting package, the HTC One mini 2 is making its splash into the market in a hurry – whereas before, last year’s HTC One mini was released significantly later than its prized sibling. In fact, it took HTC nearly 5 whole months to announce the HTC One mini after the HTC One M7, so it’s a pleasant change to find a more aggressive rollout with this year’s model.

In a sea of other “mini” sized smartphones, the HTC One mini 2 delivers the same compact characteristics of its esteemed brethren, but there are some notable changes found with this particular model over the beefier spec’d HTC One M8, which we’ll go through in this review. Of course, the addition of this phone helps to marginally spread the diversity of HTC’s portfolio for this year. More importantly, though, is that its arrival comes so much closer to the release of the company’s flagship – giving consumers that morsel of choice in what to pick out. At the end of the day, will this phone be able to compete against some already established “mini” smartphones floating about?

The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones

Design

Smaller in size, there’s no compromise seen with the design of the HTC One mini 2 – it’s solid, form-fitting, and premium.

Glancing at the phone for the very first time, there’s no denying that it’s sporting the same lovable updated design we’ve seen already with the HTC One M8, but in a more form-fitting package. Essentially, it’s significantly easier to handle with a single hand – where our thumb is comfortably able to encompass the entire area of the display. Thanks to the arched nature of the phone, it ergonically contours in our hand to provide a natural grip.

It’s solidly constructed thanks to the unibody brushed aluminum material we greatly adore, but upon closer inspection, the phone actually has a design attribute that’s more akin to last year’s HTC One M7. Specifically, it pertains to the polycarbonate siding that prevents the aluminum material from completely wrapping around the phone’s sides. Well, it’s not quite as apparent on the gunmetal grey version of our review unit, but it’s profound on the glacier silver version. Knowing that, the “more metal” approach isn’t quite as enforced on this model.

Although it’s not a surprising turnout, the premium nature of the HTC One mini 2 continues to be one step ahead of the otherwise plastic bodies of other “mini” phone. Certainly it’s not an original design, but for what it offers, we’re pleased with the solid results and charming looks of the phone.

Generally speaking, these so-called “mini” smartphones tend to follow the design arrangement of their fuller-sized siblings. However, we’re able to spot a few alterations with the HTC One mini 2. Firstly, the placement of its 3.5mm headset jack and power button have been modified, but everything else are in familiar locations. Along the left and right edges of the phone, we continue to find its microSD card slot, volume rocker, and nanoSIM slot. Interestingly enough, the volume control here has a silver accent, which is slightly an off-color tone than the gunmetal grey color of the body.

Also a characteristic thing to find, it bears the same dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound. Unfortunately though, the IR blaster has been omitted with this model – it’s one of the more noticeable changes with the phone.

In terms of cameras, many of us are shocked to find this one sporting a larger-than-normal 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash in the rear. For HTC, it’s obviously a dramatic departure, seeing that they’ve touted highly about its “Ultrapixel” camera technology on its phones. We won’t get into the details right now, but we’ll expand more on this later. Nonetheless, we should point out that this one manages to feature the same front-facing camera as its sibling – a wide angle 5-megapixel snapper.


HTC One mini 2
5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches
137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6
4.83 oz (137 g)

HTC One mini 2

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
5 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches
127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm
4.83 oz (137 g)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

LG G2 mini
5.1 x 2.6 x 0.39 inches
129.6 x 66 x 9.8 mm
4.27 oz (121 g)

LG G2 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches
124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm
3.77 oz (107 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

The size has been increased marginally to make it more flagship-like, but as a whole, there’s nothing particularly out of the ordinary with it.

Not straying from the path, the HTC One mini 2, much like the other devices in the “mini” category, sports a smaller, more thumb-encompassing sized screen. Bearing a 4.5-inch 720p Super LCD-3 display, we’re not surprised to see a lower resolution screen, which chimes in with a pixel density count of 326 ppi. It’s not a number crunching figure in comparison to the titans in the space, but nevertheless, it’s effective enough to still make out fine text.

Despite having its resolution reduced, a common occurrence amongst “mini” phones, the HTC One mini 2 matches its bigger sibling’s potency. Specifically, it’s able to churn out 489 nits of brightness, keeping the screen visible under sunny conditions. Upon closer inspection, the panel here exhibits a cooler tone due to its color temperature of 8639. In comparison, the HTC One M8’s display has a more agreeable color temperature of 7182. Staring straight at the screen isn’t an issue at all, since colors radiate with a pleasant glow. However, there’s that milky grey hue with the color black when it’s tilted slightly. It’s not horrific or dramatically decreases the display’s usability, but rather, it’s something that jumps out at us.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 515
(Excellent)
39
(Poor)
1:1648
(Excellent)
7253
(Good)
2.68
5.47
(Average)
5.11
(Average)
HTC One mini 2 489
(Good)
16
(Poor)
1:1409
(Excellent)
8639
(Poor)
2.19
6.1
(Average)
7.32
(Average)
LG G2 mini 334
(Average)
4
(Excellent)
1:815
(Average)
8533
(Poor)
2.17
4.35
(Average)
7.02
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 287
(Poor)
11
(Average)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
7695
(Average)
2.18
5.85
(Average)
8.96
(Poor)
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posted on 26 May 2014, 02:17 1

1. Lenny86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


First of all this phone looks nice and makes feel it has a nice quality but it is bloody overpriced.Should be around £260 without any contract in sim free version.Htc has a really mixed up and non understandable price politic,just an example the Htc one mini(one) only £60 less or whatever by the Carephonewarehouse.So basically nobody will choose the old one if they do not turn to the table and think about their prices again.There is no problem with them at all,I meant the quality is on the top but they need to do promotions,adds,research and all kinda marketing staff to make their gadgets successful.

Here is a nice example:Vodafone UK offer the old mini for £160 pay as you go.I think this would be successor to catch a fight with the Motorola Moto G.I was holding and testing both of the phones and must say the Moto G is totally in same level as the One mini,so why would we spend double money for something if we can have the same staff for much more cheaper price?I do not know who is the "price creator" by the Htc and how that person made them from claps,but to be honest....seriously??????

posted on 26 May 2014, 02:17 4

2. NotAGeek (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


No thank you,Z1 compact for me

posted on 26 May 2014, 02:29

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


the G2 mini seems to be the best one among those 4, when speaking of screen, compact, price and value ..

posted on 26 May 2014, 05:18 3

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1252; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


4.7" qHD. Just... No.

posted on 26 May 2014, 06:08

10. apple4never (Posts: 917; Member since: 08 May 2013)


I'm sorry, you must have missed the z1 compact

posted on 26 May 2014, 07:00

12. Genza (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


when speaking of screen, compact, price and value.
Moto G and Z1 Compact is better than any other compact smartphone.

posted on 26 May 2014, 02:42 2

4. Planterz (Posts: 551; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


This phone baffles me. $100 on-contract? So is the M7. Practically the same size (same height, slightly more narrow but a bit thicker), inferior processor, half the RAM, smaller battery, smaller and lower resolution screen, etc.

Unless you just have to have a mediocre 13mp camera instead of the mediocre Ultrapixel camera and/or a microSD slot, just get an older M7. Or, if you're on a GSM network (like AT&T or T-Mobile), get the Xperia Z1 Compact off-contract. You can find them for about $470 now.

posted on 26 May 2014, 03:34

5. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 201; Member since: 30 May 2013)


HTC M7 is a better choice

posted on 26 May 2014, 03:41

6. LeBrownJames (Posts: 64; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Too downgraded specs. Z1 compact is still the mini phone.

posted on 26 May 2014, 03:41 1

7. mafflambo (Posts: 17; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


idk whos stupid enough to buy this peace of crap,
it's the same size as the old htc one but with sh***y
specs and a higher price... anyone with a little bit of brain
would go for the old htc one or even GS4 or G2

posted on 26 May 2014, 05:56

9. flipjzn (Posts: 126; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


I would have gotten an LG G2 mini if it was available but between this (HTC mini 2) and my S4 mini. I'll keep my crappy s4 mini.
The benchmarks doesnt bother me, its jut a secondary or back up phone anyway.

posted on 26 May 2014, 06:56

11. Genza (Posts: 93; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


It seems that currently there are only 2 compact smartphones is worth to buy.
Z1 Compact and Moto G.

posted on 26 May 2014, 07:44

13. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I'm guessing the sales of this one mini 2 will be the same as last year's one mini as htc has not changed their strategy on both of these phones for two consecutive years

posted on 26 May 2014, 09:55

14. royalsovereign (Posts: 37; Member since: 01 Mar 2014)


8 is too much for this phone,7 was a fair score

posted on 27 May 2014, 05:18

15. T-rex (Posts: 9; Member since: 22 May 2013)


GSMArena says, "No UltraPixels anymore, but image quality is Ultra good", John V. implies it's a below average performer: which one to believe??

posted on 27 May 2014, 09:32

16. Antimio (Posts: 125; Member since: 11 Nov 2013)


HTC One mini 2 + Stock Android 4.4.2 = Hero

posted on 29 May 2014, 05:58

17. craigy72 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


nice review.

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Display4.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (326 ppi) S-LCD 2
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches
(137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6)
4.83 oz  (137 g)

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