HTC One mini Review
Introduction

With the “mini” version of the One, HTC is jumping on the trend to shrink flagship phones in size and specs, then slap a lower price on them, capitalizing on the name recognition built around the annual high-end device already.

At first look the HTC One Mini has more to do with its larger namesake then Samsung's mini version with the Galaxy S4, for example. All stand-out features from the flagship One, like a svelte aluminum chassis, BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, and the UltraPixel camera, are present on HTC's mini version as well. Is there anything significant, save for screen diagonal, that HTC sacrificed on to reach the lower price of the One mini? Read on to find out...

In the box

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • MicroUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design

There is nothing in the midrange Android category, save for the Huawei Ascend P6, that can match the exclusive aluminum chassis of the HTC One mini. Keeping all design cues from the flagship One, the Mini-Me version is exactly that – a more compact version with the same premium looks.

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches

132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

HTC One mini

HTC One mini

Dimensions

5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches

132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Dimensions

4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm

Weight

3.77 oz (107 g)

Huawei Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6

Dimensions

5.22 x 2.58 x 0.24 inches

132.65 x 65.5 x 6.18 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

HTC One

HTC One

Dimensions

5.41 x 2.69 x 0.37 inches

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm

Weight

5.04 oz (143 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The brushed metal back is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold. The One mini bets on an elongated profile, which has to fit the BoomSound stereo speakers at the front and their signature perforated grill, making the phone pretty tall for the screen size. At the same time, however, it is quite narrow, so it is comfortable to operate with one hand.

The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold - HTC One mini Review
The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold - HTC One mini Review
The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold - HTC One mini Review

The brushed metal back of the HTC One Mini is tapered and fits well in the hand, albeit a bit slippery to hold


What's not comfortable are the side keys, though. The power/lock button at the top is too small and flush with the surface to feel and press without finger-wandering. Even when you get to it, the tactile feedback is very shallow and mushy. The same goes for the volume keys on the right, so it takes quite a bit of adjusting before you stop looking and thinking each time you need to press a physical button on the HTC One mini. Unlike the clicky ones, the capacitive navigational keys below the display are responsive and well backlit so you never skip a beat with them.

Right side - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Right side

Left - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Left

Top - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Top

Bottom - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Bottom

Back - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Back

Rear camera - The sides of the HTC One Mini - HTC One mini Review

Rear camera

The sides of the HTC One Mini


The micro SIM card tray on the left hints at a sealed design, and that's precisely what HTC is offering, as usual lately – sealed battery compartment and no memory card slot. An LED notification light is present underneath the top speaker grill, though rather smallish to be viewed comfortably.

The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom) - HTC One mini Review
The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom) - HTC One mini Review
The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom) - HTC One mini Review

The HTC One Mini (left, top) and the HTC One (right, bottom)



Display

The One mini flaunts a 4.3” Super-LCD3 panel with 720x1280 pixels HD resolution. The 341ppi pixel density is top-notch for the class, and the display sports very natural color representation. It is not Full HD, like on the flagship One, but has borrowed all other great features from it, like the high peak brightness, excellent contrast and ultra wide viewing angles.

In fact, when we add the very low mirror reflectance, which helps significantly with sunlight visibility, we'd wager to say HTC has graced the One mini with one of the best phone screens out there.



HTC One mini 360-Degrees View:



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39 Comments

1. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

nice but looks weird...to tall for my liking anyway it will be a pure joy to see how it will give galaxy mini a run for its money (hopefully!!)

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Htc has managed to pull off an excellent mid range device. But the price? Too expensive(off contract on other countries are sold at a very high price)

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nice mid-range! R.I.P Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

4. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Price is too high even though its an HD display + not much storage!

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

But it's better than the Galaxy S4 Mini in terms of specs, build quality.

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Not really about the hardward. I saw the Galaxy S4 Mini myself, and it's crisp enough, but this one is an evolved AMOLED with great quality in any aspect. And 1.5GB of RAM brings you a real multi-tasking, not the aggressive task shutting like One Mini. Not to mention about the difference in pric

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Remember how last year people use to complain about HTC One X's battery life then HTC went on to release HTC One X+ ? Its the same all over again. It again has a meagre 1800 mah to support a 720p display. Whereas GS4 mini may not have the best display but it has 1900mah and does not support a 720p so better battery. It also has better camera, better RAM, FM Radio and a higher clocked CPU, removable battery & a memory card slot ! With regards to build quality only a drop test can confirm that not the material it is built with. And consumers have proven overtime that aluminium/unibody or not they want a removable battery with MicroSD. That's why GS4 sold well ! Also price plays a big role as well ! Use some logic don't blindly follow spec sheet !

24. lovefist unregistered

I agree with you that this is better than s4 mini but I just can't justify its price on design alone. Nexus 4 and xperia sp is still a better buy than both the s4 mini which looks like crap and this beautifully design phone, although this has lesser ram (which is impt nowadays for more multitasking)

8. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I have a feeling, that GS4 Mini will come out victorious from this battle.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

We'll see. Cause there are many awesome mid-rangers like Sony Xperia SP, Motorola Droid Mini, Huawei Ascend P6 etc.

15. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I understand you, but I tell my country´s situation. Where I live (Slovakia), you can´t buy officially Huawei Ascend P6, Motorola is an unknown concept because they are not present here with smartphones. People here really don´t like Sony branded smartphones, HTC is less well-known...And there is Samsung eith humongous marketing campaign...

18. skyline88

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

1) non-user replaceable battery 2) no microSD card support 3) no NFC 4) lesser ram + lower processor clock rate 5) hopeless 4MP camera, with whatever fancy UltraPixel gimmick (already proven by its larger brother) lets wait and see which "One" gonna RIP

22. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

12 Reasons for the HTC One Mini over s4 mini : -Every pixel has three subpixels -Measurably faster downloads 100 MBits/s -Notably more internal storage -Has stereo speakers -Noticeably faster uploads 50 MBits/s -Has a video light -Lots higher pixel density 341 ppi -Substantially higher resolution 1280x720 px -Has a CMOS sensor -better design -better build quality and premium feel

23. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lol you are trying too hard ! xD

27. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

he's not even trying... just compared it in this site: versus.com

26. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and also lumia 720. wait it is already dead :D

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I think the One Mini is a really nice device, but I'd still choose the faster, fresher OS and cheaper Nexus 4, especially after the performance and battery improvements on 4.3. Which just shows how good the Nexus 4 is, I think the Mini is a good device as well.

13. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Same at me! I´m still waiting for a Nexus 4 with 32GB internal storage, and an upgraded camera. I hope they will release it before Nexus 5, that´s my only wish.

6. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

This is insane PhoneArena, there are 4 mid-high end phones in the market now with very similar prices, Lumia 720, Xperia ZR, S4 Mini and this HTC One Mini. 2 of those phones got an score of 8.5 and one 9.0.....and of course one with 6.5. Funny enough the cheaper of the four, the one with the better specs, (4.5inch screen, 720p, Water/Dust resistant, Quad core, 2GB Ram, SD slot, 13MPX camera) got the lowest score. Yes we all know what phone was, the Xperia ZR. PhoneArena, for real, what is your problem with Sony???

12. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Well, I think less people find Sony smartphones sympathetic...there are always minor issues with them, despite that specifications on paper usually seems good.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The thing about most Sony devices from what I've seen, is that they may seem like excellent devices on paper, but all of the things that need fine tuning and really make or break a device (camera, display, software, etc.) are sub-par. They're not bad by any means, but definitely not what you would expect from what you read on a spec sheet.

19. skyline88

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Lumia 720 has a price tag of 160 USD lower than S4 Mini in my country. over here, the 720 is as cheap as Galaxy Grand Quattro (yes, the one with quad-core) and S4 Mini is having a same price tag as S3 (the normal S3, not mini) and Galaxy Mega 6.3, even the Lumia 820 is cheaper by 60-70 USD than S4 Mini.

25. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Lumia 720: Reviewed by Ray S. S4 Mini: Reviewed by Nick T. One Mini: Reviewed by Daniel P. Xperia ZR: Reviewed by Ray S. Different reviewers have different priorities and biases. It's a damn shame that it has to be this way at PhoneArena, but apparently it does...

31. yudi.nemesis unregistered

There is no doubt that Xperia ZR is better than One Mini, 720, or S4 Mini. Phonearena reviews and score is just personal opinion without solid proof. you can visit some other site like Gsmarena, or uk.hardware.info if you want to see more detailed and better reviews.

33. yudi.nemesis unregistered

oh yeah notebookcheck.net also can give you one of the most detailed reviews

7. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Way too big for a Mini device...You can´t expand it with microSD card, and 11 GBs of memory is not enough for everything...Dubious camera...High price ---> Why HTC, why?!

11. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice...

20. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

HTc One mini is bigger and longer than SGS4, how do you call it " m i n i "!? How pathetic! !!

21. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

in size both are same.

28. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

just look at how much space is wasted at the bottom of the device...boom speakers and htc sign. it's just too big to be considered a mini version. I'd rather buy a regular version or S3 if I were to buy an androphone
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)

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