HTC launches a new mini flagship smartphone: the HTC One mini 2

Today HTC launched a new mini version of a current flagship smartphone. The phone in question is the HTC One mini 2 and it is a condensed, or rather essence ‘distilled’ version of the HTC One (M8). It certainly looks the part in its gleamingly nice brushed aluminium finish but when Mr HTC squeezed the current flagship into a more compact form did the pips pop out? Let’s have a look…

The HTC One mini 2

The HTC One mini 2

Not that mini in stature

First of all it is immediately noticeable that the HTC One mini 2 isn’t that mini at all, a couple of years back it would have been considered to be a large slab. It’s got a 4.5-inch screen, just 0.5-inches less than the M8, and measures 137.4 x 65 x 10.6 mm, weighing in at 137g. Compare those figures to the HTC One M8 which measures 146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4 mm and weighs 160g.

HTC’s CEO, Peter Chou however, is really pleased with the design of the new smaller smartphone and said “The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distils the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset.” Chou went on, “Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It’s the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact.”

HTC One mini 2 in Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold and  Glacial Silver

HTC One mini 2 in Gunmetal Gray, Amber Gold and Glacial Silver

Pip squeak

Now we don’t have a price for the HTC One mini 2 as yet but we have the specifications to look through and if it is anything near the price of its larger brother the HTC One (M8) then it is overpriced. The reason is the component specification has been quite severely cut back in reducing the size of this smartphone by a few mm in length and width (but making it over 1mm fatter).

HTC One mini 2 and HTC One (M8) – here are the most important differences:

  • Processor: Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz in the mini, Snapdragon 801 quad-core 2.3GHz chip in the M8
  • Screen: 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 pixels on the mini, 5-inch 1920 x 1080 on the M8
  • RAM: half the RAM (1GB) in the HTC One mini 2
  • Camera: standard 13MP main camera on the mini but he M8 sports the dual-lens UltraPixel camera
  • Size and weight: a bit of a length and width reduction in the mini, also 23g lighter.

So the HTC One mini 2 will hopefully be priced much more accessibly than the HTC One (M8). Despite its premium frame it is equivalent to the budget Moto G at heart which people can snap up for around the £100 mark. We eagerly await the general availability of the HTC One mini 2 in June – then we will see if it’s been priced right.

Kai-Li Yang

Kai-Li is a tech enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of mobile technology, music technology and the entertainment industry. She hails from Taiwan and helps Tech Assimilate to erm... assimilate, all the latest tech news and trends from East Asia. Kai-Li Yang on Google+

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