HTC One mini 2 gives mid-range specs a premium finish

HTC has announced the One mini 2, a scaled down version of the company’s flagship One (M8). The mini 2 features the same brushed aluminium finish as its bigger brother, but the screen size has shrunk from five inches to 4.5.


Screen resolution has been trimmed from 1080 x 1920 to 1280 x 720, producing an impressive pixel density of 326 per inch. Inside the premium body sits a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and with 1GB of RAM.


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As these specs are lower than the full size One (M8), HTC has opted against Sony’s technique of offering equally powerful processors in its full size Z1 and smaller Z1 Compact smartphone.


Storage is 16GB, but this can be increased thanks to a microSD card slot, while the phone’s software is identical to the M8 - meaning Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6.0 user interface and Blink Feed over the top.


The One mini 2 forgoes the M8’s Duo rear camera, instead opting for a 13-megapixel sensor - HTC’s ‘Ultrapixel’ technology is also absent, and the front-facer is said to be “perfect for selfies” with its five-megapixel sensor.


Just like the M8, the One mini 2 gets dual Boom Sound speakers positioned above and below the screen.


Available in grey, silver and gold, the HTC One mini 2 will go on sale in June, but there is no word yet on price; the gold model will be exclusive to EE customers at launch.


Check back soon for our hands-on first impressions of the phone in the coming days, before we publish our full review later in the month.


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