HTC One mini 2 is here: 13 MP and 5 MP cameras, BoomSound, and a 4.5" display

HTC One mini 2 is here: 13 MP and 5 MP cameras, BoomSound, and a 4.5
Where there's smoke, there's fire - we've been hearing about a potential sequel to last year's "mini" version of HTC's flagship, and the company didn't disappoint. HTC One mini 2 just got announced, and the most notable thing about it is that it eschews the UltraPixel camera line of HTC for a 13 MP backside-illuminated sensor. Given that the HTC One (M8) sports the unique Duo Camera that uses two sensor/lens combos for extra depth perception, the getup might have been too complicated to place into the more compact One mini 2, plus now we'll be able to resolve more detail in the pictures, as the UltraPixel unit, despite all its touted virtues, is still with a 4 MP sensor.

What most people are looking at in the trendy "mini" flagship versions, is a more compact chassis than the larger sibling, whose screens now cross well into the 5" mark at times. Well, the One mini 2 doesn't disappoint here, too, as it sports a much smaller chassis than the One (M8), housing a 4.5" display with 720x1280 pixels of resolution. The rest of the specs make it a decent midranger, too, as the munchkin sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage (12 GB user-available). This time HTC has provided a microSD card slot, too, which alone makes it a worthy upgrade from last year's One mini.

Add to these the new 5 MP wide-angle front camera, the BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, plus a larger, 2100 mAh battery, and the One mini 2 becomes a serious contender in the crowded midrange category. The handset runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, with Sense 6.0 sprinkled on top. As for price and availability, all we know so far is that the HTC One mini 2 will be available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold in EMEA countries and Asia from June, while the North American release is yet to be commented on. Do you like what HTC did with the "mini" One this year?


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One mini 2
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(16.2h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Why do companies have these 'mini' phones which are midrange? Is sony really the only company that is concerned about the users in the premium sector that wants a compact flagship? Come on, HTC you can do better!

5. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True that, Sony is the only one in the Android market providing a pure mini of there flagship phone. I would really love it if they stepped their game up when it comes to marketing, because Android loyalists need another dominant player to push each other and give us the best devices possible.

19. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

because no one will buy a mini which is priced like a flaship. plus these days 5 inchers are considered compact...

2. ara.armagedon unregistered

I actually like this one better than the M8, guess why? (you have 13 guesses)

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, a mini better than its flagship atleast in Camera.

3. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I usually don't care about thick bezels, but I hate them on the mini 2. I just saw a hands on comparison on gsmarena, and god, the ones on the mini are almost 5mm thicker than the bezels on the M8. HTC must do something with their upcoming phones and eliminate them, look at the Z2, much much improved bezels than those found on the original Z and Z1.

7. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

This one mini 2 even bigger than the original one.. what a nonsense.. those black htc logo bezel such a pain for my eyes!!

11. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is the super thick bezels, the size that is now almost as big as the original M7, and the 1gb of ram. HTC is shooting themselve in the foot with their strategy, they need to learn from LG and Sony, they are doing their best to lure Samsung buyers to their side, and HTC is standing there arrogantly with their stupid management.

4. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Yeah, i dont expect this one to be priced reasonably. HTC's arrogant pricing is what pulling them into the mud.

9. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

in my country the desire 816 is about half the price of the m8. So I think htc might price this one mini 2 reasonably

6. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

The first Mini that out-performs (in camera) the original.

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is gonna be a hit especially with htc's right strategy. Just price it somewhere near the price range of the desire 816

10. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Still wont success 1gb ram in 2014 learn from sony

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

*succeed

17. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Sony why compromise

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Actually i'm impressed with an overall package with the sexy aluminium body. Hope they price it right to make it a tempting mid ranger. But moto G is also a quite similiar experience atleast in specs.

14. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

For me personally, nothing to complain about this time but just hope HTC prices it right then i will get one too :). I really wonder on how htc will price this phone because HTC One (M7) is USD 560 while One mini (M7) costs USD 430. Hopefully, it is below the One (M7)

15. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

That moment when mini version has better camera than flagship version........... Plus i want to know why companies are not using s4 pro processor or s600 processor in this year's mini or their midrange devices......???

18. AzizMorro

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

HTC is the best

20. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

If it weren't for the bezels, this would be a great phone.

21. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Very impressive. If I were going to get a mini version of a phone, this would be it, best option on the market. Good job HTC.

22. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Xperia Mini would be a much better choice

23. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Another disastrous! Only Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the true mini.

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