There were rumors floating all over the internet about HTC working on the miniature version of the HTC One M8. It seems HTC has decided to put an end to all these rumors, and finally took the wraps off the HTC One Mini 2. The HTC One Mini 2 comes with the same gorgeous metal design, but in a smaller form factor. It’s not just the form factor, the HTC One Mini 2 also sacrifices in terms of specifications to a great extent. There are some notable difference between the two devices; here’s everything you need to know about the HTC One Mini 2
1. Design and Display
HTC One Mini 2 comes with a similar metal design as its elder sibling, and comes in three colors: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver Amber Gold. The device measures 137.4 x 65 x 10.6 mm and weighs only 137g — it’s not too heavy on the pocket either and obviously lighter than the HTC One M8.
As far as the display is concerned, it’s definitely smaller than the flagship device, but not small enough to be called a “Mini” in my opinion. Anyway, the HTC One Mini 2 comes with a 4.5-inch display, which is considerably good, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and 326 ppi pixel density. The screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
Many people who were hoping for the UltraPixel camera with the depth sensor to make its way to the HTC One Mini will be disappointed to find out that it comes with a 13MP camera. Well, it’s not disappointing at all, 13 MP for photos and videos with 1080p video recording is definitely a good thing. The company had to cut the hardware one way or another, they can’t just offer the same specifications as the flagship device in its little sibling.
Nonetheless, the device comes with the same 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording capabilities. This is definitely going to help those who like to take selfies, or do video conferencing on the go.
3. Processor and Storage
Processor is one of the areas which were downgraded the most in the HTC One Mini 2. The flagship device comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz. On the other hand, the HTC One Mini 2 features a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz with Adreno 305 GPU. It’s a pretty old chipset, which is also a part of the Moto G. Additionally, the Snapdragon 801 is a lot faster, and comes with power saving feature that gives the smartphone an extremely good battery life.
On the storage side, it comes with 16GB of storage on board with a microSD card support of up to 128GB, which is similar to the HTC One M8. It also features 1GB of RAM compared to 2GB found inside the HTC One M8. It’s considerably less, I think 1.5GB would have been great, but it’s just us.
4. Software and Other Features
The new HTC One Mini 2 comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat as its operating system with Sense 6.0 UI out of the box. It features all the software goodies such as the improved Blinkfeed, which helps users get all the latest news and social updates on their home screen. Sense 6.0 is quite good in terms of performance as well, and is not heavy as Android skins from other OEMs, even better than the previous iterations of Sense.
Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and a 2,100 mAh battery to make sure there’s enough juice. It also features the Extreme Battery Saving Mode, to make sure that you can get the most time out of your battery. HTC claims it can provide a battery time of 16 hours on 3G, but we’ll find out more about it once the device hits the market.
5. Release date and Pricing
HTC One Mini 2 is set to launch in EMEA and Asia region next month, but the company failed to provide any information regarding the pricing. It will come with a somewhat similar price tag, but more will be revealed as soon as it hits retail in the above mentioned region.
The device looks exactly the same when its to design and build, but honestly, we’re a little disappointing with the specifications of the device. The device comes with a similar chipset as the Moto G, which comes with a very affordable price tag. It’s not just the Moto G, Motorola also launched the extremely affordable Moto E as well. It will be good to see what pricing strategy the company will follow, since the entry-level market is becoming so competitive.