HTC One Mini 2 Review: A Smaller, Feature-rich Package
HTC recently unveiled the HTC One mini 2 on May 15 which replaces the antiquated HTC One Mini. The smartphone, which weighs at 137 grams, is HTC’s latest attempt at attracting customers to its mid or low product line.
The One Mini 2 is designed to provide an overall experience as similar to its high-end counterpart as possible, while still being competitively priced in comparison to other smartphones in its range.
The front panel of the device boasts a respectable 720 x 1280 pixel native resolution with a 326 ppi (pixel per inch) density, a 4.5 inch Super LCD2 display incorporating a scratch resistant, durable tempered glass which is encased in a 10.6mm thick premium aluminuim uni-body with premium brushed, something which Samsung isn’t a big fan of.
Furthermore, the front of the phone is also home to the dual “BoomSound” speakers. The One phones’ speakers have always been a major feature as their larger size produces an impressive amount of noise.
The back, then, is made of three separate panels, broken up by the ridges of plastic. Where your finger can run the length of the One M8 and not feel the bump of its antenna strips, those lines are noticeable on the One mini 2.
Similarly, while the aluminum of the more expensive phone curves all the way round to meet the display, the One mini 2 uses a strip of plastic there instead.
Like most other phones in the market, it features front- and rear- facing cameras which are 13 megapixels and 5 megapixels, respectively. Both these cameras are full capable of video recording at a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels.
The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor and features a 2,100 mAh battery which allows users talk time for up to 16.2 hours. The 1.2GHz quad-core processor handles itself respectably, taking on graphically-intense gaming apps like Dead Effect and GTA: Vice City without too much strain.
The One mini 2 comes preinstalled with Google’s flag ship Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system and is equipped with 1GB of RAM. The device which is available in dark grey, silver and gold colors comes with a 16GB onboard storage capacity which can be boosted upto 128GB using an exteral microSD card.
HTC’s redesigned interface looks smart, with its flat and crisp icons, while BlinkFeed is a good way to waste idle time queuing if you spend a few minutes to log into your social networks and set up your preferred topics.
Connectivity is also pretty decent, with Bluetooth 4.0, dual channel WiFi a/b/g/n, NFC and 4G. The only sticking point is a lack of IR blaster for controller for your TV, a feature HTC has decided to reserve for its flagships only.
In conclusion, it can be said that the One mini 2 aims to bring premium design into a part of the smartphone market that’s more sensitive to price than aesthetics. It incorporates the best features of the top rated One M8 and condenses it into a smaller, more manageable frame.
People who are considering getting an Android based smartphone upgrade should definitely consider this mid-range phone.