HTC wants you to have a phone for your smartphone

HTC wants you to have a phone for your smartphone
You know what's really annoying? Having to use your smartphone as an actual phone. That really takes valuable time away from surfing the web, checking through various social networks, and of course playing games. Sure, you could use a Bluetooth headset, but HTC has a better idea: why not have a phone for your smartphone?

This is not a joke. HTC has just announced the HTC Mini+, which is a Bluetooth phone for your phone. Of course, if all the Mini+ did was act as a Bluetooth handset, it would be pretty silly, so HTC has also added in some nice extra features. The device will give you notifications for texts, events, and emails. It can also remotely control your device's camera, although we're not sure how useful that would really be. Additionally, the Mini+ can act as a TV remote, and it can control multimedia streaming through your HTC Media Link HD. And, just in case all that isn't enough, it also has a built-in laser pointer and slideshow remote options. 

HTC says the Mini+ will get 9 hours of talk time. One surprise is that the compatibility is fairly limited, as it will only work with the HTC One mini, HTC Butterfly S, HTC Desire 200, and HTC Desire 500. That's right, this thing doesn't even work with HTC's flagship One. Never mind that, a reader just let us know that the HTC One got an update to add support for the Mini+. If you're still interested, the HTC Mini+ will set you back $50. 

source: HTC

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47 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Fail.

15. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

"That's right, this thing doesn't even work with HTC's flagship One." You are WRONG!! I just checked and got a system update to 2.24.401.9 (31.0 MB) on my international HTC One and it adds support for HTC Mini+ among other things. The HTC One is still the best smartphone of 2013. Period.

21. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

untill the n3 or the i1

22. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

No smartphone stays at the top forever. Yet, the One has retained its crown for the most part of 2013. It is simply impossible in 2013 for any other smartphones to beat the One's very high quality front-facing stereo speakers and the industry-leading SLCD3 with 469 PPI. Newer devices will only get a specs bump, which doesn't matter as the Snapdragon 600 still holds really well against any app/game you throw at it.

29. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Did i forget to mention the unique first-of-its-kind aluminium unibody with zero-gap technology?

30. thequota

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

i rather use headphones.

40. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Htc one is the top smartphone?? How come?? Sales--GS4>> htc one Benchmarks--GS4>>htc one(this includes other hardware too) these are the only facts with proof..everything else is based on personal opinion..like design,screen,etc.. so yeah..htc never had the crown...cant say about the future..

46. zhiae unregistered

ur right lesson at this sales gs4>>one ''gud for samy cuz i feel i own one''limited ed benchmarks gs4>>one ''actual usage one ''try it ur self these are only facts with poof others based on persnal like having more light and wide cam over more migapixle or having dual front instead one or even plastic or metal and over saturation or less screen having a bazel or less bazel etc htc will die or not i dont care cuz im device loyal over brand

48. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Well good for u that u feel special having a device which sold less...in that case may b u can buy some flop product..u ll feel even better.. i have owned both..currently using s4 as my primary device..i agree that htc ui is smoother but thats it..its slower than gs4 at doing everything else...from launching apps to lag in games..and it shows in real life.. secondly,ultrapixel thingy was an epic failure..u cant even compare htc one's camera with that of GS4's..go see for urself instead of just reading stuff online and then make up ur mind.. Having plastic or metal is a personal preference..a lot of ppl hate how easily u can put a dent on metal phones...add to that htc's poor quality control..newer devices still have gaps in the unibody.. now about screen..like i said earlier..its personal preference..some ppl like lcd's while others like amoled..and btw go check some of the screen reviews..gs4 screen has the most accurate colors along with iphone 5 in movie screen mode..

41. Damitel

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 21, 2013

2013: a phone for my smartphone 2014: a phone for my phone's smartphone 2015: a phone for my phone's phone smartphone. . . . . 2020: I have 8 phones just to assist my smartphone. Should such a phone assisted with 8 phones to be functional still deserve to be called 'smartphone'? No, I think it should be called 'dumbphone'. HTC, thanks but no thanks

47. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Just buy a feature phone with your $50.

2. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Too stupid for jokes. Things like this will lead to HTC going under or being sold off.

24. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

I really like the idea behind this "remote control". One possible usage that comes to mind is to use the HTC One together with a projector. For example, you can connect the One to your projector instead of using another device like, PC/laptop/tablet and then use the HTC Mini+ to control a PowerPoint presentation or show a movie. As usual, HTC leads with innovation. Well done!

31. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

what? "HTC has just announced the HTC Mini+, which is a Bluetooth phone for your phone" it is only for calls nothing else, where is the innovation here? I still have not seen innovation, except for the moto X so far, they brought a couple of things that didnt require a spec bump. Touchless control, Active Notification, Moto Connect, answer sms from your pc, very useful, Moto Assist works great too.

33. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Go home, you're virtually drunk.

3. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

wow no longer will i have to use my phone as a phone, instead i will use a phone for my phone as a phone and in future i hope the phone for my phone will have a phone just to make things easyer

4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No HTC today is not April Fools

5. khurram87

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Apparently the cost is £50 and not $50 as stated in the article.

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This is just plain solid stupid! The next thing i know, the phone for my smartphone will be 'smart' soon enough. HTC, have you got no better move?

7. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

The size android phones are becoming I can see this taking off. That, or they start including purses with phones

8. tiburonpineda

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

HTC has a better idea?? really? epic fail.

9. Pudds

Posts: 3; Member since: May 12, 2012

Is XZibit the new HTC Spokesman? Yo Dawg we heard you like cell phones, so we got you a cell phone for your cell phone so you can call from a cell phone while you surf on your cell phone.

16. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

^this!

10. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

No HTC. No.

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And there goes the next boat to sink - the SS HTC.

20. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

agree. idiotic idea. im glad i left htc in the dust last year.

12. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

It is like saying that I need a TV for a Smart TV

13. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

HTC want what? Another gimmick, extra expenses!!! Why not update first their phones!? Another excuses to forget the update.

14. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

what the blue fuq I swear android is full of gimmicks first they want you to flick your wrist like a sissy to launch the camera instead of having a dedicated camera button then they made humongous phablets that look silly against your head. now they want me to buy an extra phone to do something that the original phone was supposed to do really? is it that much of a hassle to stop surfing the web or playing candy crush just to answer a call or reply to a text? smh

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This has nothing to do with Android.

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