HTC One mini review

Reviews 3 Sep, 2013

Updated: Can this pint-sized 4.3in Android handset capture the magic of the HTC One at a lower price point?

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Price: 
£380 SIM-free or free from £27 per month
Pros: 
Stunning design; Excellent Display; Decent Camera; Great Performance
Cons: 
Limited storage; no SD-support; BlinkFeed is annoying; Sub-par battery
Verdict: 
The HTC One Mini is a beautifully designed, highly functional handset that is only beset by sub-par battery performance. If you’re looking for a smaller version of the HTC One or a replacement to your iPhone, then the HTC One Mini could be just what you’re looking for.

The pitch of the HTC One Mini is simple. It’s takes most of the core features from the acclaimed HTC One handset and squeezes them into a smaller 4.3in form factor with a lower price tag.

This concept of repacking a flagship device isn't new. Samsung has been offering a cut-down version of its Galaxy S4 handset in the form of the Galaxy Mini to users who want a smaller device. But can the HTC outdo the company which is leading the smartphone market?

Design

Finished in aluminium with plastic accents, the HTC One Mini carries a similar overall design to the HTC One. The only difference, aside from the display size, is the Mini’s thicker plastic edging.

In the hand the handset feels slimmer and a lot lighter. Exact measurements of 132 x 63 x 9mm and it weighs 20g less than its bigger brother (122g).  It’s also one of the best looking handsets we’ve seen launched this year. Not bad for a mid-tier device.

Display

HTC has used the same Super LCD screen technology in the flagship HTC One, although here the size of the panel is reduced to 4.3ins. The overall display resolution is not full HD (1280 x 720), but video and text are still pin sharp – both in email, on webpages, and via digital downloads from Google Play. 

Pixel density is up there too at 341ppi. That’s higher than the iPhone 5 (326ppi) and more generous than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (236ppi). It’s not full HD by any stretch of the imagination but even in a side-by-side comparison to the HTC One you’ll struggle to tell the difference.

Specs & Hardware

On the performance front, the HTC One Mini can handle most tasks without breaking into a sweat. Navigation around Sense 5 is slick and web scrolling is seamless.

Multitasking is no problem either and, thanks to its 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset and 1GB of RAM. If you want to indulge in graphically intensive games like Real Racing 3 and Dead Trigger on the commute, you’ll be pleased to know they run without a hitch.

In our benchmark tests, the One Mini scored 6005 in Quadrant and 11116 in AnTuTu, placing it above 2012’s HTC One X (4.500) by quite a distance. Like the One Mini’s display, it’s internal spec isn’t the best but, importantly, it delivers solid results that far surpass what was the standard on most high-end flagships from 12 months ago.

Specifications: 

OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Processor: 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Memory: 1GB RAM
Storage: 16GB
Screen: 4.3in 720 x 1,280 AMOLED, 342ppi
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi,DLNA, Bluetooth 4, A-GPS and GLONASS
Other: Accellerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Compass
Bands: 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900; 3G HSDPA; 4G LTE 800/1800/2600
Camera: 4MP, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video
Battery: 1,800mAh Li-ion
Size: 132 x 63 x 9.3 mm (WxDxH)
Weight: 122g

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I love the idea that this is "pint-sized" - it's the same screen size as the Desire HD, which seemed huge when it came out. It's also only 75% the weight of the HD, which is really rather good.

great! I will get one of these!

I have an HTC one minis and love it. With normal usage (no games) the battery will last two days and the sound quality is superb. I love it and can thoroughly recommend it. your review costing is strange as I paid £50 upfront and a monthly fee of £15.50.