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HTC One Mini review

Pint-sized smartphone shows how mid-range should be done
Fri Jul 26 2013, 10:38

Product HTC One Mini
Specifications 4.3in 720x1280 342ppi Super LCD2 touchscreen, dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, no microSD slot, 4MP rear camera, 1.6MP front facing camera, GSM/3G/4G, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, HTC Sense 5.0, Beats Audio, 1,800mAh battery, 132x63x9.3mm, 122g
Price From £26 a month or £370 SIM-free

TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC's One Mini mid-range smartphone follows in the footsteps of its popular big brother, the flagship HTC One.

With the HTC One having quickly become HTC's most popular smartphone to date, the HTC One Mini has a lot to live up to. It also faces some fierce competition in the smartphone market, with Samsung having recently launched the similarly configured Galaxy S4 Mini handset.

This means that HTC and Samsung are no longer competing in just the high-end smartphone market, but will soon be fighting over customers looking for a mid-range smartphone too.

The HTC One Mini is nearly identical to the HTC One, which means that the device is instantly likeable. When we reviewed its flagship big brother, we praised the design of the device as one of the best on the market thanks to its smooth unibody aluminium chassis and sleek curves.

HTC One Mini features an aluminum and plastic design

While the HTC One Mini isn't exactly the same, HTC has designed it with the same metal chassis as before, meaning that the device feels like one of the most luxurious mid-range phones available and much more appealing than the plastic clad Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

The only real difference in the HTC One Mini's design is that it features a plastic band around the edge of its chassis. While this somewhat detracts from the overall high-end look and feel of the phone, it soon grew on us, and protected the handset against picking up scratches on its aluminium casing.

As its name suggests, the HTC One Mini is smaller than its predecessor, but not by much. The phone measures 132x63x9.3mm compared to the HTC One at 137x68x9.3mm, meaning it's roughly 5mm shorter and narrower. While this doesn't sound like much of a difference, the size reduction is noticeable when using the handset, with the HTC One Mini sitting much more comfortably in the hand.

It's arguably more comfortable to use than the similarly sized iPhone 5 too, thanks to the curve in the rear of its chassis.

HTC One Mini vs iPhone 5

If you're not too keen on the Glacial Silver coloured model that we reviewed, the HTC One Mini will also be available in Stealth Black.

Next: Screen, performance, software.


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