GSM Nation’s HTC One Mini 2 Preview

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

We all know that mini versions of flagship smartphones are popular these days. There are still those of us who want power smartphone that come in a small package, and the mini smartphones are here to address exactly that. The latest mini smartphone is the HTC One mini 2, and while you may think this is just a smaller One M8, it’s actually nothing like the One M8.

Design and Build

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

For the sake of being recognized, the One mini 2 fortunately has retained much of the looks of the gorgeous One M8. It has the same metal body and the same design lines. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, this is probably the best looking smartphone out there today. The compactness of the mini 2 makes the design feel more delicate as well.

Display

The HTC One mini 2 has a 4.5 inch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. We think this is an acceptable size for a mini smartphone, and is enough to distinguish it from its big brother. The display is a SuperLCD2 panel, so the quality shouldn’t be much different from what we’ve seen on the M8.

Hardware

The HTC One mini 2 is not quite the miniature superphone we were all expecting. It has rather humble hardware, with a very budget quad-core Snapdragon processor with Cortex A7 cores and an Adreno 305 GPU. We’ve seen this processor many a times on budget quad-core devices, so we know it’s going to be nowhere as quick as the one in the M8. There’s only 1 gigabyte of RAM as well. Make no mistake, the One mini 2 is far from a powerhouse.

Camera

HTC One mini 2

HTC One mini 2

This is where the One mini 2 has really changed. HTC stuck last year’s UltraPixel camera on the M8, but on the mini 2 they’re offering a much more mainstream unit. It’s got a 13 megapixel camera at the back with a 5 megapixel front camera. The company hasn’t made any special statements regarding the camera, so we’re expecting average performance from this unit.

Verdict

The HTC One mini 2 is a moderately powerful miniature version of the One M8. It doesn’t possess all the hardware tricks of the larger phone, but fortunately it did inherit its striking good looks. What we’re not happy about is the expected price of the phone. At above $400, the mini 2 doesn’t make a strong case for itself, especially with its midrange specs and the small screen. We’ll have to wait for a review sample to give our final verdict.