HTV One vs HTC One Mini

Yesterday we took a brief look at the PR HTC released for the reduced size HTC One Mini. The unit is finally getting official specs and a taste of a release date. It truth, it looks very much like a the HTC One’s smaller doppleganger. It sports similar industrial design, styling and surprising familiar selection of internal goodies that sit the Mini much closer to the One in performance and capabilities than I think anyone may have guessed. Let’s begin by taking a look at…

Size

HTC_One_mini-sizeOn the surface, size is really what matter for these two. It will force reduced performance innards and a lower cost of entry. The HTC One is 5.4 x 2,7 .37 (inches) while the new little bundle aluminum will stand at 5.2 x 2.49 x .36. Here we usually gauge a winner by who comes in at the slimmer and less weight stature. The One Mini sinks these both these. It’s shorter, thinner and weighs a mere 4.3 ounces (122g) versus big brother’s 5 ounces.

Winner: HTC One Mini

Display

Display pic

With a reduction in stature comes a reduction in display size. The HTC One Mini sports a 4.3-inch display. It’s not much smaller than the HTC One (4.7-inches) and also extends nearly edge-to-edge. I was hoping upon hope, the One Mini would astound non-believers with a 1080p display. Alas it was not meant to be. The One Mini still does HD but it’s of the 720p variety (1280 x 720) with 341ppi. The screen type is S-LCD3

Winner: HTC One

Operating Software

Each of these are Android OS offerings from HTC. But word on the wind is the HTC One Mini will ship with the new Android 4.2.2 already baked in. Current U.S. HTC One users are still waiting for the most recent OS to hit their device. But the new Android OS has rolled out to HTC One users in Europe. With no concrete and definite release date, the One Mini steals this win. Why? Well, 4.2.2 is particularly interesting for HTC One users. Zoe see’s improvements with image management, plus 6-new Highlight image themes are included. New widget support in packed in. Instagram support is also a big win. Those are just a few of the new additions and changes coming with 4.2.2. They’re all positive fixes and features. So the OS’s assured inclusion in the One Mini leaves it beating out big bro.

Winner: HTC One Mini

Processor

Processor pic

However the HTC One fights back against its ambitious younger sibling. This test can only go in one direction. The HTC One Mini is powered by a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor at 1.4Ghz with 2GB of RAM. We’ve seen it before and it’s a damn good processor. But it pales when pitted against the sheer speed of the Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7ghz. We haven’t had any personal “alone time” with the One Mini. So a major unknown is how the lower performing CPU will handle the more resource-hungry functions such as Zoe’s 3-second video capture and Zoe Share, GPS turn-by-turn and other CPU-intense applications.

Winner: HTC One

Storage

Storage

The HTC One is offered in 32- and 64bg variants. While the newer inbound One Mini will only be available in a 16gb flavor, further cementing it’s lower-tiered position in the One family.

Wireless Connectivity

WiFi pic

Each of these phones supports Dual-band, 802.11a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct. Yet, onne of the newer and cooler features of the One, being NFC (near field communication) wireless communication, is absent on the One Mini. Also the IR blaster has taken a powder and is also removed on the One Mini. But the One Mini does LTE supports GSM, GPRS/Edge and HSDPA at up to 42 Mbps for EMEA and Asia.

Winner: HTC One

Camera

Camera pic

Until we get our hands on the One Mini this one will be more speculation. It looks like all the Zoe goodies, 4mp Ultrapixel rear-facing camera and all the cool sophisticated camera tech will also hit the One Mini. But video capture is kept at 720p. The One Mini is also missing the neat optical image stabilization. Yet it retains the multiple levels of flash. The front facing camera is another 1.6mp. Lets hope the CPU can handle all the retained goodies as skillfully as the One.

Winner: HTC One

Battery Life

Battery Life

The HTC One sups juice from a 2300mAh rechargeable Li-polymer battery. The One Mini will use the same type of battery, albeit decidecly smaller at 1800mAh. This will almost assure less standyb, movie watching and talk time.

Winner: HTC One

Price

Price

While HTC has yet to go official with a One Mini price point, we are more than usually certain it will hit your billfold for much less than larger more feature-packed HTC One. I’m expecting something like $50-$100 with a 2yr contract. More on that in the coming weeks.

Winner: HTC One Mini

Conclusion

It’s not question, really. The HTC One is certainly the better phone. The entire impetus behind HTC One Mini is smartphone style and functionality in an affordable solution. But it’s walking in lock step with Big Brother. The One Mini retains nearly all the cool aluminum industrial design of the HTC One. It’s does sacrifice some key features productivity, power, sustainability and size. But again these sacrifices are marginal, depending on your needs. Many don’t need NFC. Many would prefer a smaller footprint that is easier to hold. Plus Android 4.2.2 is enough to seize the attention of the mildly curious as well as their pocket books. We hope to dive more into this one with full hands-on follow up and review. Until then, the HTC One Mini should hit stores some time in September. More on all this as it develops…

Overall Winner: HTC One



Shawn Sanders

 
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.