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Published On: Mon, Jun 16th, 2014

Compact Beauty: HTC One Mini 2 review

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HTC raised a bar with HTC One – some call it the best Android phone of all time. Some even label it as the best smartphone of all time. Building on their success, HTC released HTC One Mini last year. After seeing the resounding success despite some prominent flaws in the phone, HTC decided to continue their siege in the smartphone market.

About to be released is the HTC One Mini 2; it is also called M8 Mini. The handset has some very promising features. Both design and software in top-notch, HTC One Mini 2 is coming in 3 different colours as you can see in this collection of leaked images. It is expected that it will be released in UK and East Asian markets towards the mid or end of June.

The purpose of a “mini” phone is to provide users with a cheaper alternative that has compromised specs as compared to the premier phone. Despite the mid-level specs, HTC One Mini 2 can prove to be a big selling device due to affordability and pocket-able sizing.

Let’s take an insight into the device’s overall features:

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Hardware:

The hardware feature that stands out is the camera. At 13 megapixels, it is great when compared to the rival phones. Next admirable feature is the outstanding 720p 4.5 inches display – it rivals Moto G and when the phone comes out maybe we will find it better than Moto G. The handset has quad-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB RAM. The internal memory is 16GB with the option of MicroSD storage enhancement – you can take the memory up to 128GB!

What’s a phone without good internet options? You get a WiFi 802.11, 4G LTE radio, Bluetooth and GPS.

Hardware-wise, HTC One Mini 2 is sort of a complete package. Let’s hope it doesn’t let us down.

Software

The HTC One Mini 2 will have Android 4.4.2 – even the Android haters find it hard to criticize this OS. Regular updates are promised and there is little doubt that they won’t be carried on. The handset will also have sense 6. According to many experts, Sense is the best Android custom interface and it will rock HTC One Mini 2.

Some pros and cons

The 4.5 inch screen with 720p display is an absolute delight. It has an outstanding camera for a mid-priced phone. Design-wise the phone is stylish and will give its rivals a run for their money. The software updates and Sense 6 will make the device very ‘up-to-date’ with the latest trends of the market.

So far, the only can we have (since the handset hasn’t come out yet) is that it is slightly pricy as compared to other mid-range devices, both Android and Windows. We don’t know the exact number but a safe guess would be to expect a price around $400.

Specifications

Here are the general specifications:

Specifications
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
1GB RAM
16GB internal storage with microSD card slot
4.5-inch 1280×720 pixels resolution Super LCD display
13 megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front facing camera
HTC BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers
802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
2,100 mAh battery
Dimensions of 137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm and 137 grams

Conclusion

Despite a slightly higher pricing, the phone is well equipped and will challenge its rivals. It was extremely hard to find cons. Overall the device is highly recommended.

Our rating: 8.3/10


Author Bio: Nuur Hasan is a software developer. His interests include gadgets, technology, mobile phones, apps, social media and other things that are related. He believes that sharing experiences can really make a difference. That is the reason why he blogs in his free time.


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