HTC looks set to throw us off course with its naming strategy, this time with the new HTC One Mini 2. As you might have guessed, the One Mini 2 is the successor to the popular One Mini, though doesn’t bear the same name as its bigger brother, the HTC One M8.
Here’s a run-down of the HTC One Mini 2’s specs and features which add up to make it an all-round stellar smartphone.
Top quality Design
Thankfully HTC has decided to continue its winning streak by replicating the brushed metal body we first spotted on the HTC One.
Unlike most other ‘mini’ smartphones, the One Mini 2 screams out elegance with its top-quality build, making it more like a cousin of the HTC One M8 rather than a dumbed-down younger brother.
With its smooth, curved back, the handset feels like any other premium smartphone in your hand, and its 4.5-inch screen makes it really easy to use one-handed. The One Mini 2 also comes in a variety of luxurious colours including silver, gun metal grey and gold, continuing its overall high-quality feel.
HTC has stayed away from its UltraPixel lens with the HTC One Mini 2, instead sticking with a more conventional camera. That said, with its rear facing snapper boasting 13 megapixels, the One Mini 2 is hardly an under achiever when it comes to photography.
Although HTC Zoe doesn’t come as standard with the One Mini 2, users will be able to make the most of HTC’s killer photography feature when the universal Android app emerges this summer. And, with the most up to date version of Android on board (KitKat, in case you were wondering), the new Mini 2 is open to all of your usual Android photography apps, including Instagram, Photo Grid and Google Camera.
While the device’s 13MP camera might not make you sit up, the One Mini 2’s 5 megapixel front facing lens certainly will. Whilst even the most recent flagship handsets only offer a 1 or 2 megapixel front-facing camera, this HTC mini smartphone is built especially for the selfie fanatic. It even has a bespoke Selfie Mode on board (also seen on the One M8) which allows users to perfect their smile whilst the timer counts down.
Mini Specs on the One Mini 2?
Under the hood the HTC One Mini 2 doesn’t disappoint either. It boasts a mighty quad-core 1.2GHz processor which is speedy enough to stand up to any of your top of the range flagship smartphones. With 4G connectivity, the miniature smartphone also allows for superfast internet surfing speeds, making the most of the device’s powerful processor and 1GB of RAM.
In terms of storage, the One Mini 2 also sports a 16GB internal memory which can be extended to a massive 128GB using a microSD card, making a change from previous HTC handsets. This means scaling down from the larger One M8 doesn’t have to mean down-sizing when it comes to memory, allowing you to download and store thousands of songs, photos and videos.
Despite the phone’s metal clad body, the HTC One Mini 2 is surprisingly light; weighing in at just 137g, the device is over 20g lighter than the One M8. In reality, this makes the Mini 2 the perfect size, shape and weight to just slip into your pocket, which is a growing concern with the majority of large-screened flagships hitting the market.
HTC One Mini 2 Features
Dual frontal BoomSound speakers
By looking at the HTC One Mini 2 you can see that the device boasts the same dual-frontal speakers as its bigger brother. This feature has been improved from the previous HTC One Mini too, meaning the device benefits from impeccably sharp, and loud, sound output, rarely seen on a smartphone of this calibre.
Sense 6 & BlinkFeed
Another top feature of the HTC One Mini 2 is Sense 6, HTC’s latest version of its user interface. Sense 6 includes HTC BlinkFeed, which is a dynamic and customisable live feed featuring articles, news stories, photos and social media updates.
HTC’s BlinkFeed is the original concept behind Google’s Google Now and Samsung’s My Magazine, and allows for greater control compared to its Android alternatives. With Sense 6.0, BlinkFeed offers higher levels of customisation, with the ability to change the background and select articles and images of interest from hundreds of categories.