Thursday, May 15, 2014

HTC One M8's younger brother is here!

After the successful launch of the One M8, HTC has announced the HTC One Mini 2 (better name than M4 :P) in London today. The One Mini 2 sports a familiar design with a smaller, 4.5" display and a far better 13 MP camera.

The HTC One Mini 2 sticks with the winner design of the M8

It retains the signature Boomsound speakers from it's older sibling. Although, they could've made the bezel smaller if they wanted on-screen buttons. Three color options are available: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold.

The top and bottom offer the similar soft touch plastic of the M8

The biggest improvement from the M8 in my opinion is the camera. HTC got rid of the useless Duo camera and included a 13 MP f/2.2 BSI sensor. The One Mini 2 is 10.6 mm thick which you have to expect if the screen size is made smaller. 

The back has the similar brushed metal texture with the metal enveloping the phone from the sides. Android 4.4 Kitkat is included out of the box with Sense 6. The One Mini 2 makes its debut across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia in June. No details about a US release are being divulged yet.

HTC One Mini 2 specifications

Display4.5-inch Super LCD 3, Gorilla Glass 3, 1280 x 720, 326 ppi
ProcessorQuad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz, Adreno 305 GPU
Storage16GB, microSD card slot, up to 128GB
Camera13MP rear, BSI sensor, f/2.2
5MP front, BSI sensor, Full HD recording
Battery2,100 mAh
ConnectivityGPS/GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Networks3G/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

LTE EMEA Band 3, 7, 8, 20
LTE Asia Band 1, 3, 7, 8, 28
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 KitKat, HTC Sense 6, BlinkFeed
Dimensions137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm
137 grams
ColorsGunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
The processor included is the midrange offering by Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 400. The RAM of the One Mini 2, which is lowered to 1 GB, and the 720p resolution suggest a cheaper price range.

All in all, the HTC One Mini 2 should be a good phone if it is priced between 300-400$ off contract, which I hardly think so will be the case. I think that HTC is just using the "One" branding to sell a mid range phone which I am sure will be overpriced considering the specs.

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