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HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One (M8)



HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One (M8)
Hardcore shutterbugs will gravitate to the HTC One M8 more, simply for the fact that it offers additional shooting modes that aren’t present with the HTC One mini2 – they include the dual camera, 360 pan, and Zoe modes. Nevertheless, they deliver the same set of manual controls.

What’s surprising between the two is the extreme differences with their cameras. As we’re all aware now, the HTC One M8 is unique for its 4-megapixel ‘Ultrapixel” camera, which is accompanied by an unsuspecting secondary rear camera that measures depth information. In contrast, the HTC One mini 2 goes in the complete opposite direction with its 13-megapixel camera.

The biggest weakness of the HTC One M8’s camera, as we know, is its inability to capture a lot of fine detail. Fortunately, that’s been addressed with the HTC One mini 2, seeing that it absolutely captures the details we were desperately hoping to find with HTC’s flagship. Naturally, we gain the flexibility of cropping our photos, but despite that, we continue to like the quality put out my HTC’s flagship. In particular, it performs a whole lot better under lower lighting situations – while its various Duo Effects give our photos that professional touch.

Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC One mini 2 6
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HTC One (M8) 2.3
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Breaking down the quality of their 1080p video recordings, we can’t say that we greatly prefer one over the other. Details are good, but nothing too astounding. Yet again, though, the same qualities are present here – where the HTC One M8 is better at recording under lower light.


The Sense 6.0 music player is what’s available with these two phones, so there are no differences to their functions and presentations. Armed with dual front-firing speakers with HTC BoomSound, there’s no denying that they churn out poppy and commanding volumes – though, it’s noticeable that the HTC One M8’s set are stronger in tone.

We like that they’re able to play a wide array of 1080p videos very smoothly, but the larger and sharper display of the HTC One M8 is simply more ideal for the experience.

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the HTC One M8 packs a handy IR blaster, which turns the phone into a universal remote. It’s just one of those added features that comes in handy when the remote inexplicably disappears.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
HTC One mini 2 0.88
HTC One (M8) 1.28
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
HTC One mini 2 70.3
HTC One (M8) 75.2
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posted on 26 May 2014, 02:16 1

1. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

So...M8 has the better camera but lacks detail. That's it?

posted on 26 May 2014, 02:27 2

2. maherk (Posts: 4820; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

The mini's screen looks way too washed out compared to the original M8. It seems that only Sony have managed to build a true Mini of their flagship. Let's hope S5 mini and G3 mini will follow the Z1 Compact footsteps.

posted on 26 May 2014, 04:04

3. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Comparing the One Mini 2 to the M7 would be more appropriate. The M7 is $100 on-contract, and it's likely the One Mini 2 will be as well, the're practically the same size, etc.

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