HTC has unleashed a new miniature version of its magnificent Boom Sound-rocking smartphone, the HTC One. This new compact version is cunningly called the HTC One Mini, and it’s landing in UK stores this August.
Although the HTC One Mini is a miniature version of the original, size appears to be the only major design difference. You still get the sleek metal body that’s nicely rounded to fit comfortably in the palm, and the dual Boom Sound speakers on front. At 122g it’s noticeably lighter (the original was 143g) although the One Mini isn’t actually much more dinky than the One, with just a few millimetres shaved off each side. Owners of stubby fingers such as ourselves will appreciate the more comfortable grip it affords, of course.
This version of the One rocks a supremely sharp 4.3-inch screen, reduced down from the HTC One's 4.7-inch display. It may be smaller but HTC hasn’t skimped on resolution: the HTC One Mini’s screen is still 720p (341ppi), so photos and videos still look impressively crisp. Colours practically bleed off the screen, bringing even the most bog-standard photos to life, as you can see in our shots.
You also get the same great camera with that same ultrapixel sensor (which proves remarkably flexible in almost every kind of lighting conditions), as well as Zoe mode which takes three-second clips and stitches them together into a daily video diary. The only thing that's been cut is the optical image stabilisation, to keep the body slender. We had a quick play and the camera can still take sharp, clean photos even in a darkened environment, as can the 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera with countdown timer.
The original HTC One just got upgraded to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the HTC One Mini comes with it pre-installed. It also rocks the same BlinkFeed interface, which streams your social media feeds and news to your home screen. The quad-core processor has been scaled back to a 1.4GHz dual-core (which should still provide ample performance) and besides that, the only other cut-back HTC has made is ditching NFC support. Thankfully the HTC One Mini still supports 4G LTE, all the more important with the UK networks rolling out 4G imminently.
The HTC One Mini will be hitting Europe and the UK in August, and will come in two colours: Glacial Silver and Stealth Black. More news on pricing when we have it.