HTC One mini goes official, 720p screen and UltraPixel camera in tow

HTC One mini goes official, 720p screen and UltraPixel camera in tow
Finally, this ain't a rumor, guys! The real deal has been unveiled at last. Meet the HTC One mini – a physically smaller version of the HTC One, aiming to pack as much cool as its larger sibling, but in a more compact, pocket-friendly package.

So our guess is that you're wondering how small the new smartphone really is. And it is nice that we now have the exact figures. To start, the HTC One mini comes with a 4.3-inch, 720x1280 pixel display vs the One's 4.7-inch 1080p screen. At 122 grams, the new model is also lighter, all the while being made of machine-milled metal, following in the One's footsteps. The mini isn't much slimmer than the HTC One, however, with a thickness of 9.25 millimeters at its thickest point. Thankfully, the HTC One mini's tapered sides should at least make it feel much slimmer than it is.

The HTC One mini has its processing punch delivered by a dual-core Snapdragon 400 SoC with a processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Of course, that's not as potent of a chip as the Snapdragon 600 fitted inside the HTC One, but we doubt that the smartphone's performance would disappoint. 1GB of RAM is on board, which is still okay for a mid-range device, although another gig would have been more than welcome.

HTC has chosen to put an UltraPixel camera with a 1/3" sensor size on the One mini, whether we like it or not. Our guess is that the snapper's performance would be close to that of the HTC One's camera, although there's one notable feature that has been omitted in the mini's case. In particular, the HTC One mini does not have optical image stabilization. What the UltraPixel camera does have in its feature set, on the other hand, is 1080p HDR and slow motion video recording. On the front side of the device is embedded a 1.6MP front-facing cam.

And speaking of its front, the HTC One mini has adopted the One's frontal stereo speakers. Moreover, each of them has its own dedicated amplifier, delivering rich, clear, distortion-free audio. Naturally, Beats Audio is on board with its clever audio enhancement tech.

If having a microSD card is a must for your needs, then you might want to look away now. While the HTC One mini does have 16GB of on-board storage, which is still alright, there is no way of expanding it with a microSD card. The built-in, non-removable battery has an okay, if not rather small-ish capacity of 1800mAh.

As for the software part of the equation, the HTC One mini will come running Android 4.2, which is the newest version available to date. The interface will be heavily modified, of course, by layering the HTC Sense UI on top of it, presented in its latest form. HTC BlinkFeed will also be on board, instantly providing the user with relevant information from social networks and across the internet.

The HTC One mini is projected to launch in select markets in August and we sure hope it won't face any delays as the One did. Then in September, the smartphone should become available globally. At this time, only two color variants of it have been announced, named Glacial Silver and Stealth Black. Pricing has yet to be specified.

source: HTC

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One mini
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(13.27h 3G talk time)



1. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I prefer Xperia ZR and SP than this!!!

6. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Problem with both those handsets is display. Its very poor compared to the SLCD3 on this phone.

18. Kurai unregistered

The only problem i see on the display on those two handsets from sony is the viewing angles and everyone make a very big deal out of it. . . .

37. cdgm2509

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I (personally) think that viewing angles is the stupidest thing they can compare between smartphones. People say "that works when you want to show something to your friends". I don't buy a friking phone to "show things to my friends, I buy it to use myself.

21. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

micro sd, water resistance, cool lighting effects i rather have those than SLCD3 which kick by mobile bravia engine only at photos & video gallery :)

36. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Are you ALWAYS looking at a 160° ??

38. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Xperia ZR have good viewing angle you can check here

39. yudi.nemesis unregistered

so Xperia ZR have great display, and the only problem with Xperia SP is mediocre viewing angle. but Xperia SP still have other great things to offer like more powerful Cpu and Gpu, sensitive screen, bigger battery, customizeable notification light effects, sd card, and Xperia SP also have great build quality. But Xperia ZR will crush HTC One Mini because ZR have great display with good contras, brightness and viewing angle, quad core S4 pro Cpu and adreno 320 Gpu, bigger and removeable battery, sd card, better camera, water and dust resistant

10. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Xperia V is a cheaper bet

16. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

The only problem i can see with this is 1800mAh battery. 16 Gb isnt enough for me either, i need 32. I still have 11Gb left of my 32Gb phone. So, 32 is more than enough but 16 is insufficient.

23. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

HTC just didn't learn they keep making the same mistakes over and over the micro sd card slot is a deal breaker for some people

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Battery life is horrible on this thing and still no SD CARD. And youre right the ZR is better than this thing.

35. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I dont know about zr, but Don't even think about Sony's sp dude! Have bought it for my brother, it has 3 unforgivable problems: screen has horrible viewing angles, and by that I don't mean any extreme angles. The WiFi reception is extremely poor, and its a known issue for all the owners. Last but not least, camera is good for nothing, not as good as 5mp cameras of 2 years ago!!!! Have never had such dissappoint ing issue with my HTC phones

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Nice one

3. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Good looking but not enough competition to the Nexus 4.

28. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

What's your point? Its a mid range device. It isn't made to compete with the Nexus 4 which is a high experience device.

40. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

True... However Its probably going to be priced the same as the Nexus 4. Hence the comparison. Price is what ultimately decides it for the consumer.

30. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

this is better

4. aditzut

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Good loking phone!

5. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Sort those bezels out htc

7. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Sorry HTC, but the S4 mini is better than this, imo. It's got an sd card slot(a major advantage), and is truly featherweight, even more compact, has more RAM and a bit more powerful processor. The battery endurance seems excellent too, judging by the GSMArena test

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

the ram is the same (1gb)

26. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

The S4 mini has 1.5 Gb.

20. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Screen is better here and design as well.......also speakers are a lot better. So its going to boil down to preference and PRICE with this phone. #Price will say it all

34. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

yo the s4 mini costs as much as 2 n4's

8. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It will surely be overpriced.

9. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Xperia ZR is the best downgraded phone over Xperia Z with compromise only on screen, internal memory and design. Look at the Samsung GS4 and GS4 mini, adding this HTC One to HTC One mini.

14. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

I think the ZR isn't exactly a downgraded variant of Z. It's more like a variant of Z with lower res smaller screen, lower memory, and worse design and adding more water resistance. Usually a downgraded phone will have worse processor.

11. wendygarett unregistered

talk about mid range king, Huawei ascent p6 is a winner here, so please stop the fanboy fight and wait for the moto x announcement... but that's only the android turf, when compare to lumia 820, BlackBerry q5, and the cheap cheap iPhone... I'm sorry to say that lumia 820 remains the winner overall because of lte

15. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

Huawei? No thanks. I dont need extra spying from China after the USA. /s But seriously, i will never consider Huawei, or ZTE.

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