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?


HTC launches the beautifully compact HTC One mini 2

5MP front-facing camera, HTC BoomSound™ and HTC Sense™ 6 offer a best-in-class experience, wrapped in an iconic design

LONDON, 15th May 2014 – HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One mini 2, the latest addition to its renowned HTC One family. Featuring a compact, yet generous 4.5” HD display, HTC Sense™ 6 with HTC BlinkFeed™ and an impressive 5MP front-facing camera, the HTC One mini 2 brings the iconic metal craftsmanship and best-in-class experience of the HTC One (M8) to those in search of a more compact model.
“The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset”, said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It’s the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact.”

Beauty runs in the family

Sporting the same breakthrough design that led HTC to receive an iF gold product design award in 2014 for the HTC One (M7), the sleek HTC One mini 2 features the smoothly curved back and brushed Gunmetal Gray finish of the HTC One (M8). Also available in Glacial Silver and Amber Gold, its compact size and stylish design make it an obvious choice for those who want a phone that both looks and feels incredible. High quality camera for naturally stunning selfies With a 5MP front-facing camera, high-quality selfies are guaranteed. Re-takes won’t be required, as the front camera’s self-timer gives you ample time to prepare your pose before the image is captured.

To give those self-portraits an element of professionalism, the HTC One mini 2 also features Touch Up for subtle beauty enhancements to smoothen the skin, eliminate red eye and adjust the contours of the face, while still looking natural. If you’re feeling playful, you can also give your selfies a manga-like effect using Touch Up’s eye enhancement feature.

HTC BoomSound™ – A small device that makes a big sound

It may be compact, but the HTC One mini 2 packs HTC BoomSound technology to deliver powerful, crisp and clear audio that has never been more brilliant. Equipped with the same amplifier as the HTC One (M8), the One mini 2 delivers rich tones from bass through to treble, producing high-quality, immersive sound through the dual-frontal speakers that have become synonymous with the award-winning HTC One family.

HTC BlinkFeed™ – The news that matters, live on your home screen

Turning your home screen into a live stream of the latest news and social updates, HTC BlinkFeed™ makes the content that matters to you more accessible and easier to read than ever before. Aggregating feeds from a growing list of over 1,000 partners, adaptable tiles display your social media updates and favorite news topics, giving you the latest information direct to your home screen. Continuous scrolling also makes it quick and simple to view different stories, keeping you up to date with the latest developments at all times.

Share and collaborate with Zoe™

Create Zoe Highlight videos of your most memorable experiences with the 13MP camera and share them with friends and family via the HTC Zoe app* and other social media channels. For those unforgettable moments, the Remix function allows your followers to add their own photos, videos and soundtracks to create new Zoe Highlight videos that help you re-live the experience from every perspective.
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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: 7007; 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: 7007; 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: 7007; 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: 2263; 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: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; 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: 816; 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: 702; 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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