HTC One Mini Review: Hands-On

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The HTC One has been one of this year’s most popular handsets, drawing plaudits for its smart design and intuitive software. And now there’s a new variant after the announcement of the HTC One mini, a scaled down take on the flagship device.

But how will it measure up to its bigger, successful brother? We’ve managed to grab some time with it to see what the HTC One mini has in store for us.

HTC One Mini Front

Key Features

  • 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display
  • UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe functionality
  • Metal unibody construction
  • Android 4.2.2 operating system with HTC BlinkFeed
  • 1.4GHz dual-core processor

The HTC One’s build quality is one of its main assets, and it’s pleasing to see this almost totally replicated on the One mini. Despite being smaller in height the brushed aluminium shell remains the same, with a more prominent bezel the only difference. On the front sits a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display that’s pleasantly roomy, above and below which sit the precision-drilled BoomSound speakers. It certainly makes a striking first impression, and the device has the same ‘wow’ factor of its bigger sibling.

HTC One Mini Back

Under the hood a 1.4GHz dual-core  processor replaces the original quad-core offering, but it works efficiently at powering the Android 4.2.2 software. HTC’s Sense 5.0 UI sits over the top and brings back BlinkFeed, the news-filled live homescreen, for a familiar experience that works fluidly thanks to that hassle-free processor. For a smaller and more affordable handset that’s an ambitious list of specs, but the One mini doesn’t compromise on performance in any situation.

HTC One Mini Top Angle

Imaging was another big plus on the HTC One, and we’re pleased to report the excellent UltraPixel camera reaches the mini with no watering down. As with the original this produces some bright and clear images, with low light performance in particular catching the eye on the bright and vibrant display. And to crown it all the Zoe camera functionality makes an appearance for that extra dimension of image capture so many fell in love with.

HTC One Mini Top UI

We only managed to steal a few precious moments with the HTC One mini, but we can see it could be something very special indeed. By cramming loads of top features into a premium shell without trading in performance, it’s got the makings of its big brother’s success. Make sure you check back soon for the full review.