After numerous leaks and with the press all hyped about HTC’s Galaxy S4 Mini competitor, the One mini is finally upon. And it carries a burden similar to its big brother’s upon its shoulders. You see, the original One was praised, and rightly so, for its exquisite design and build quality. Not only that, but it was technologically, a bold statement by HTC. It featured a 4 megapixel Ultrapixel camera that HTC argued performed better than all these new-fangled mega-pixel packing low quality sensors. So have HTC given in to mass popularity and diluted the One’s charm in crafting its young sibling? Will HTC be able to keep both the critics and users happy with this new HTC One Mini phone?
Design and Build
When we used to look at leaked photos comparing the HTC One and the One mini side-by-side, we’d have a hard time telling them apart. In fact, if you were to give both phones a glance you’d be hard pressed to tell the size difference. Yes, the newer phone has a mini at the end of its name, but that doesn’t mean its a small phone. HTC One Mini has a decently sized 4.3-inch screen and it measures just a tad shorter than the over all size of the One. That said, it hasn’t gotten all of the premium treatment as its elder brother. The back is still all aluminum and is a delight to feel in the palm of your hands, but the sides and the front of the phone are actually poly-carbonate, much like the HTC One X. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because the whole device still has a premium feel about it. In black especially, HTC One Mini is still one of the best-looking smartphones around.
The HTC One mini has a 4.3 inch display with a 1280×720 pixel resolution. And it’s actually a Super-LCD3 panel, so it’s not exactly ancient technology. While perfectionists are going to argue that 331ppi isn’t no where near as rich as today’s 1080p screens, but that’s just them. In general usage the screen is actually very pleasant to work with, with sharp and vibrant colors. It’s a quality screen, and most users won’t have any gripes with it.
Hardware and Performance
Being the One’s younger sibling, the One mini wasn’t going to get all the latest toys in the hardware department. But it’s still a potent little device. HTC One Mini has a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 gigabytes of RAM on-board. But remember, this processor has to move less than half of the pixels as the Snapdragon 600 in the One has to, so it’s plenty powerful for the job. The only noticeable performance loss will come during the loading times of demanding games, other than that, HTC One Mini performs admirably on the Android 4.2.2 that ships with the phone.
The One mini retains the 4 Ultrapixel camera found in the One. That means great low light photos, although it should be mentioned that OIS has been excluded in the One mini, so you’re going to need a steadier hand for those low light photos. The battery has gotten a slight downgrade as well, to just 1800mAh.
Pricing and Availability
There’s no word on the pricing of the HTC One mini for the North American markets, but it has already been announced for the UK with an off-contract price of 380 pounds. That’s almost $570, which seems like a lot of money, given that, the HTC One can be had for the same amount. Still, we do expect the price to come down as the device nears a global launch, and you can be sure to get it at the best price here at GSM Nation.