First real-life image of HTC One mini 2 surfaces, shows playful color accents

HTC is obviously finding it hard to keep the ‘mini’ version of its HTC One (M8) a secret. We were just sent the first real-life picture of the phone that’s expected to be called the HTC One mini 2. Our source sent us an image of a careless tester using the One mini 2 in public transportation, and what we can see in it is a combination of HTC’s industrial all-aluminum design garnished with playful color accents (yellow, in our case) for the strips of plastic hiding the antennas.

It’s a catchy design, and we like the idea of the added color, however, we are not completely certain whether this added color is not just for this particular testing prototype, so don’t take this colorful element for granted. Otherwise, the all-aluminum body seems to match the looks and soft finish of the HTC One (M8). Our tipster also confirmed that the new One mini 2 will use on-screen buttons, just like the M8.

The One mini 2 is expected to run on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat with the newest HTC Sense 6.0. Its specs are said to include a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 system chip and a 13-megapixel camera with single LED flash. 

Obviously, this will put HTC’s second ‘mini’ in the same league as the popular Motorola Moto G (a device that also features a 4.5” display and the Snapdragon 400 chip), but we’re curious whether or not HTC will be able to match the low price of the Moto G.

The HTC One mini 2 release date could be as soon as later this month, so it might not be long until we see it officially.

Hat tip to our anonymous tipster!



1. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

snapdragon 400 and 1 gig of memory lol, next joke phone please.

7. Sauce unregistered

Not a lot of need a top tier phone. Most consumers call, text, and browse the internet. Of course the hardware will degrade over time, but for a lot of people, this isn't an issue. If money is an issue, the OnePlus One will fix this issue with good specs and a cheap price, for people who can't normally get their phone for $200 on contract in the US and other places.

8. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You do know there are non tech geeks out there? This is a compelling mid-range offering, an HD screen, great set of cameras for a mid range device(13mp+5mp), dual speakers and it comes with 16GB of onboard storage which is the same as GS5 and One M8. The market that is set for this phone is for people who don't know what a Snapdragon 800 is and couldn't care less about it.

11. maherk

Posts: 6776; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

My only take on it is the 1gb of ram, 2gb would've make it better. The Sd 400 isn't a problem since you have a 720 screen resolution and kitkat should be running out of the box. If priced right, this will be a good choice for those who don't like big phones.

20. Mrmark

Posts: 389; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Great point ... 720p on the SD 400pro or SD 600 whatever you want to call it !

15. marlboro

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

my iPhone 5s! LMAO

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

My Moto G fits your description. It's a great phone.....for the price. Problem is is that this One Mini is going to be $500..... No sale....

24. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

$500? i doubt it. most likely $300-$400

25. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Deppending on the price I might actually buy it. The camera at last seems decent, 1 gig wil do the job I'm sure. Xperia Z2 and HTC M8 mini, now that's a killer combo.

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Learn from Sony Pathetic specs

2. desniper9

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Is it too hard to have a high specced device in a small body. If sony,apple and motorola can do it why can't the rest of the manufacturers do it

6. bradley8795

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

It's not meant to be high spec. It's meant to be cheaper. If HTC can make this phone for $300 or less, it will really put pressure on phones like the Moto G and others in that price range.

3. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Motorola doesn't have a top notch phone with latest specs Other OEMs sells their mini devices cheaper unlike Apple

4. Gaara

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I'm excited to see the 13MP snapper in Mini.. Its gonna beat M8 anyway

5. Gaara

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I'm excited to see the 13MP snapper in Mini.. Its gonna beat M8 anyway


Posts: 2; Member since: May 04, 2014

Sorry, but that looks like an HTC One (M7). The M8 series does not have the plastic band around the phone edges.

10. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

M7 had a black power key and LED flash placed much closer to the camera. M7 mini had the flash in the wrong place. This should be the M8 mini.


Posts: 2; Member since: May 04, 2014

I agree with you on the LED flash, however where is the power button in this photo? (The other leaked press images show the M8 Mini power button on the left side and no plastic band around the edge)

17. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

Just looked at the leaked press images again. The side profile is strikingly familiar and it does have plastic bands. This is indeed the M8 mini.

12. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

I dig the grey-yellow combo. Looks sexy.

13. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

I find it very sexy! Good job, HTC!

14. zennacko unregistered

Sony might be laughing at this right now. They won't need much effort to make the eventual Z2 compact the best compact phone, again.

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Sony? Sorry, I live in the US and I thought Sony stopped making phones.The Z2 Compact sounds similar to that previous vaporware phone, the Z1 Compact. Sony is really making phones again? I will believe it when I see it.

22. ChildInTime

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

You should definitely buy an iphone, you are great.

21. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

still cant beat Z1 compact

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

looks ugly with those yellow accents

27. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

why only 1Gb of RAM? Do they really think the only people that want smaller phones are mid range phone buyers?

28. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

It would be great if it was 2gb RAM however trying out the HTC one mini 2013 I felt that it was running very smoothly and that was jelly bean It must be even better now with 4.4 kitkat. I also think it should be able to handle most tasks fine. There is a video speed comparison between the HTC one m7 and mini (m4?) and the mini did very well, except for say Intensive gaming, but then again I'm biased against graphic intensive mobile gaming personally! All that said Sony got it right with the Z1 compact, however it does not look likes sales were as great as expected have not heard about that phone in ages, makes me wonder if there will be a z2 compact?

30. bighandssmallpockets

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Bottom line is that it would be great if it was 2gb... Also, you have to think about the future of the phone. Eventually 1gb will not be enough. I don't want to buy a new phone every year.

29. Epicness1o1

Posts: 303; Member since: May 30, 2013

Where is that guy that commented yesterday that he saw an htc one mini 2 and will send pics to PA,and then XPERIADROID told him how to

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