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HTC One mini Review

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HTC One mini Review
Introduction

With the “mini” version of the One, HTC is jumping on the trend to shrink flagship phones in size and specs, then slap a lower price on them, capitalizing on the name recognition built around the annual high-end device already.

At first look the HTC One Mini has more to do with its larger namesake then Samsung's mini version with the Galaxy S4, for example. All stand-out features from the flagship One, like a svelte aluminum chassis, BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, and the UltraPixel camera, are present on HTC's mini version as well. Is there anything significant, save for screen diagonal, that HTC sacrificed on to reach the lower price of the One mini? Read on to find out...

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

There is nothing in the midrange Android category, save for the Huawei Ascend P6, that can match the exclusive aluminum chassis of the HTC One mini. Keeping all design cues from the flagship One, the Mini-Me version is exactly that – a more compact version with the same premium looks.

HTC One mini
5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches
132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm
4.30 oz (122 g)

HTC One 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

Huawei Ascend P6
5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches
132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

HTC One
5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches
137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm
5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One

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


The brushed metal back is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold. The One mini bets on an elongated profile, which has to fit the BoomSound stereo speakers at the front and their signature perforated grill, making the phone pretty tall for the screen size. At the same time, however, it is quite narrow, so it is comfortable to operate with one hand.

The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold - HTC One mini Review
The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold - HTC One mini Review
The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold - HTC One mini Review

The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold


What's not comfortable are the side keys, though. The power/lock button at the top is too small and flush with the surface to feel and press without finger-wandering. Even when you get to it, the tactile feedback is very shallow and mushy. The same goes for the volume keys on the right, so it takes quite a bit of adjusting before you stop looking and thinking each time you need to press a physical button on the HTC One mini. Unlike the clicky ones, the capacitive navigational keys below the display are responsive and well backlit so you never skip a beat with them.

Right side - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review
Left - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review
Top - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Right side

Left

Top

Bottom - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review
Back - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review
Rear camera - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Bottom

Back

Rear camera

The sides of the HTC One Mini


The micro SIM card tray on the left hints at a sealed design, and that's precisely what HTC is offering, as usual lately – sealed battery compartment and no memory card slot. An LED notification light is present underneath the top speaker grill, though rather smallish to be viewed comfortably.

The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom) - HTC One mini Review
The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom) - HTC One mini Review
The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom) - HTC One mini Review

The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom)



Display

The One mini flaunts a 4.3” Super-LCD3 panel with 720x1280 pixels HD resolution. The 341ppi pixel density is top-notch for the class, and the display sports very natural color representation. It is not Full HD, like on the flagship One, but has borrowed all other great features from it, like the high peak brightness, excellent contrast and ultra wide viewing angles.

In fact, when we add the very low mirror reflectance, which helps significantly with sunlight visibility, we'd wager to say HTC has graced the One mini with one of the best phone screens out there.



HTC One mini 360-Degrees View:



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posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:17 1

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


nice but looks weird...to tall for my liking
anyway it will be a pure joy to see how it will give galaxy mini a run for its money (hopefully!!)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:23 5

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1391; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Htc has managed to pull off an excellent mid range device. But the price? Too expensive(off contract on other countries are sold at a very high price)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:24 11

3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nice mid-range!
R.I.P Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:28 11

4. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Price is too high even though its an HD display + not much storage!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:33 7

9. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


But it's better than the Galaxy S4 Mini in terms of specs, build quality.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:41 9

14. hung2900 (Posts: 788; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Not really about the hardward. I saw the Galaxy S4 Mini myself, and it's crisp enough, but this one is an evolved AMOLED with great quality in any aspect.

And 1.5GB of RAM brings you a real multi-tasking, not the aggressive task shutting like One Mini.

Not to mention about the difference in pric

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:49 6

16. tech2 (Posts: 2015; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Remember how last year people use to complain about HTC One X's battery life then HTC went on to release HTC One X+ ? Its the same all over again. It again has a meagre 1800 mah to support a 720p display.

Whereas GS4 mini may not have the best display but it has 1900mah and does not support a 720p so better battery. It also has better camera, better RAM, FM Radio and a higher clocked CPU, removable battery & a memory card slot ! With regards to build quality only a drop test can confirm that not the material it is built with.

And consumers have proven overtime that aluminium/unibody or not they want a removable battery with MicroSD. That's why GS4 sold well ! Also price plays a big role as well !

Use some logic don't blindly follow spec sheet !

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:57 1

24. lovefist (unregistered)


I agree with you that this is better than s4 mini but I just can't justify its price on design alone. Nexus 4 and xperia sp is still a better buy than both the s4 mini which looks like crap and this beautifully design phone, although this has lesser ram (which is impt nowadays for more multitasking)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:33 11

8. MrKoles (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


I have a feeling, that GS4 Mini will come out victorious from this battle.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:35 7

10. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


We'll see. Cause there are many awesome mid-rangers like Sony Xperia SP, Motorola Droid Mini, Huawei Ascend P6 etc.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:48 5

15. MrKoles (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


I understand you, but I tell my country´s situation. Where I live (Slovakia), you can´t buy officially Huawei Ascend P6, Motorola is an unknown concept because they are not present here with smartphones. People here really don´t like Sony branded smartphones, HTC is less well-known...And there is Samsung eith humongous marketing campaign...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:48 6

18. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


1) non-user replaceable battery
2) no microSD card support
3) no NFC
4) lesser ram + lower processor clock rate
5) hopeless 4MP camera, with whatever fancy UltraPixel gimmick (already proven by its larger brother)

lets wait and see which "One" gonna RIP

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:00 10

22. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


12 Reasons for the HTC One Mini over s4 mini :
-Every pixel has three subpixels
-Measurably faster downloads 100 MBits/s
-Notably more internal storage
-Has stereo speakers
-Noticeably faster uploads 50 MBits/s
-Has a video light
-Lots higher pixel density 341 ppi
-Substantially higher resolution 1280x720 px
-Has a CMOS sensor
-better design
-better build quality
and premium feel

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:41 6

23. tech2 (Posts: 2015; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Lol you are trying too hard ! xD

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:37

27. Charlie_boy (Posts: 57; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


he's not even trying... just compared it in this site:

versus.com

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:27

26. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


and also lumia 720. wait it is already dead :D

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:29 1

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2123; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I think the One Mini is a really nice device, but I'd still choose the faster, fresher OS and cheaper Nexus 4, especially after the performance and battery improvements on 4.3. Which just shows how good the Nexus 4 is, I think the Mini is a good device as well.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:40

13. MrKoles (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Same at me! I´m still waiting for a Nexus 4 with 32GB internal storage, and an upgraded camera. I hope they will release it before Nexus 5, that´s my only wish.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:30 8

6. GTR722 (Posts: 235; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


This is insane PhoneArena, there are 4 mid-high end phones in the market now with very similar prices, Lumia 720, Xperia ZR, S4 Mini and this HTC One Mini.

2 of those phones got an score of 8.5 and one 9.0.....and of course one with 6.5.

Funny enough the cheaper of the four, the one with the better specs, (4.5inch screen, 720p, Water/Dust resistant, Quad core, 2GB Ram, SD slot, 13MPX camera) got the lowest score.

Yes we all know what phone was, the Xperia ZR.

PhoneArena, for real, what is your problem with Sony???

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:39

12. MrKoles (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Well, I think less people find Sony smartphones sympathetic...there are always minor issues with them, despite that specifications on paper usually seems good.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:10 1

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3989; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


The thing about most Sony devices from what I've seen, is that they may seem like excellent devices on paper, but all of the things that need fine tuning and really make or break a device (camera, display, software, etc.) are sub-par. They're not bad by any means, but definitely not what you would expect from what you read on a spec sheet.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:55

19. skyline88 (Posts: 315; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Lumia 720 has a price tag of 160 USD lower than S4 Mini in my country. over here, the 720 is as cheap as Galaxy Grand Quattro (yes, the one with quad-core) and S4 Mini is having a same price tag as S3 (the normal S3, not mini) and Galaxy Mega 6.3, even the Lumia 820 is cheaper by 60-70 USD than S4 Mini.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 11:59 1

25. Commentator (Posts: 2386; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Lumia 720: Reviewed by Ray S.
S4 Mini: Reviewed by Nick T.
One Mini: Reviewed by Daniel P.
Xperia ZR: Reviewed by Ray S.

Different reviewers have different priorities and biases. It's a damn shame that it has to be this way at PhoneArena, but apparently it does...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 16:46 2

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


There is no doubt that Xperia ZR is better than One Mini, 720, or S4 Mini.

Phonearena reviews and score is just personal opinion without solid proof.

you can visit some other site like Gsmarena, or uk.hardware.info if you want to see more detailed and better reviews.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 17:25

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


oh yeah notebookcheck.net also can give you one of the most detailed reviews

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:32 2

7. MrKoles (Posts: 310; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Way too big for a Mini device...You can´t expand it with microSD card, and 11 GBs of memory is not enough for everything...Dubious camera...High price ---> Why HTC, why?!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:38

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2586; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:47 1

20. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)


HTc One mini is bigger and longer than SGS4, how do you call it
" m i n i "!? How pathetic! !!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:58

21. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


in size both are same.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 14:46 1

28. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


just look at how much space is wasted at the bottom of the device...boom speakers and htc sign. it's just too big to be considered a mini version. I'd rather buy a regular version or S3 if I were to buy an androphone

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 15:01

29. ElScorcho (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


One mini Vs. Moto Droid Mini :
- screen size / definition / ppi : deuce
- "mini" size : Droid wins by far
- hardware : Droid wins by far
- RAM : Droid wins by far
- Camera : Droid wins by far
- Video capture : Droid wins by far
- what else ?

Those who care about size only and want a phone right now will go for S4 mini.
Those who can handle a bigger phone will prefer 4.6'' Xperia XP
Those who want compacity and hardware will wait few weeks and go for Droid Mini.

I feel Moto just overpassed competition on the Mini generation on all parameters.
This HTC mini won't sell as long as it doesn't fill any expectation.
How explain that HTC has the worse ratio screen size / overall size in the whole market ?
This company disappoints his historical customers day by day...

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 15:14

30. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I can't agree with everything what you wrote but I must say that droid mini and moto X have frikking chance to bring a bit of chaos into midrange territory. If moto x execution will be as good as promised it may turn out it will take some customers from high-end segment and hurt midrangers as well.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 17:18

32. Bioload25 (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I dont see 8.5 in this device,it should be at least 9,lumia 720 received 9 with underwhelming screen resolution,processor and memory could be better too
This one is,in most aspects,better than the old galaxy s3,almost the same benchmark results,smaller and better screen,alluminum premium construction,but camera performance could be enhaced with 8mp ultrapixel camera to this comparison
Imo,this one deserves a 9,its the best midranger to buy today

Many people will question my opinion saying that the htc one received 9.1 and how could the smaller and
worse' one receive a 9,and I say: different category smartphones with different perspectives,a comparison between a banana and a house doesnt make sense too (gs3 isnt a high-end anymore)

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 20:57

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


Thats right a comparison between a banana and a house doesn’t make any sense.

Lets compare android phone vs android phone, and midranger vs midranger.
with about the same amount of money, (even some of them is much cheaper than One mini) you can get other phone like.

DROID Mini.
S4 Mini.
Xperia SP.
Xperia ZR.
Optimus F7.
Ascend P6.

Compare to all the phone that i mentioned, you will realize that HTC One Mini doesn’t have the best Hardware, Camera and Battery.
One Mini also is not the only “one” with great screen and aluminium premium construction.

One Mini is one of the most beautiful midrange phone of 2013.
but i’m not agree with your opinion about One Mini because it doesn’t make any sense at all.

premium body, great screen, and speakers.
is not enough to make One mini become “the best midranger to buy today”

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 21:06 1

35. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)


11GB just ain't enough. Considering the price, I would definitely recommend Xperia ZR for the power users. Or just save some money and buy Xperia SP, which by all means is an excellent device and can give all the minis out there a run for their money.

Would love to see a comparison between Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One mini, Xperia SP, Xperia ZR & Nexus 4.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:42

36. anugakarthik (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Aug 2013)


Hey guys HTC one mini from my deals 247,good service by them.

posted on 10 Aug 2013, 01:33 1

37. sudhiir.reddy (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


All of you shut up and buy nexus 4 with in the price range..

posted on 12 Apr 2014, 08:15

38. diary.kashyap (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


nexus 4??? htc one mini offers much more than nexus... but if u like a nexus which nothing more than a raw google android directly from the company which is limited to just android basic features then u can buy that....
this mobile gives u more than expected... its sexy premium look... the htc tag ... plus the htc advantage which offers u protection and updates for 2 years... no one can bet more than this...you bring your nexus camera and i will show you how silly your camera is in front of the ultrapixels... u have not owned this phone... if u had u would have understand the reality that how much premium this phone is...

posted on 02 May 2014, 19:01

39. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Yo, diary. The thing is that this phone has crap audio filtering, slow compared to Lumia and nexus devices, and camera is meh. Lumia in the same price will kick its butt. The high end htc's without beats audio? Those are AMAZING. Its just that a Nokia Lumia icon has faster benchmark results in graphics processing, running programs, and a few more categories than any android on the market. Android is a good OS, its just the worst at optimization. It uses a VM, so its basically a program running on a program, which uses 3X as much processing power as normal, and it uses twice the ram. That is why a Lumia device or... Ugh... IPhone... Is faster than any android that has been created. IPhone runs on native binary code, so it can run the same programs as android while using half as much memory, and third as much processing power. Not to mention 64 bit hardware, etc makes it fast as heck for having a dual core 1.2 GHz a5 processor and 1 GB of ram. Lumia? Don't know what they run on, but I know it has graphics processing power of 4X what android and iPhone have.

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HTC One mini

HTC One mini

OS: Android 4.4 4.2.2
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Display4.3 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (341 ppi) S-LCD 3
Camera4 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual core, 1400 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.20 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches
(132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm)
4.30 oz  (122 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 20.72 hours talk time

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