HTC One mini announced: Not quite an HTC One but a solid one-handed phone


HTC announced a smaller version of its flagship phone on Thursday: The HTC One mini launches in select markets next month and globally in September. Overall, the handset looks very much like its bigger brother, the HTC One, but with some noticeable features and components removed. A true “mini” version of the HTC One this isn’t.

HTC One size comparison

So what’s different about the phone by comparison? For starters it has a smaller 4.3-inch display, which has a lower 1280 x 720 resolution. Gone is the NFC chip and the front camera resolution drops down to 1.6 megapixels, which is still fine for video chats. There’s no mention of the front camera using a wide-angle lens like the HTC One has. Also gone is half of the memory: HTC capped the RAM at 1 GB, which could slow down Android(s goog) 4.2 and Sense 5 when many apps are opened. The processor is also a step down with a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon(s qcom) 400.

Still, many great aspects of the larger HTC One remain.

The dual speakers on the front of the phone are still there, as is Beats Audio support. HTC kept its Ultrapixel technology for the mini version as well: a 4 megapixel sensor with backside illumination along with software support for Zoes, Video Highlights and other HTC Sense camera modes. And aside from the lack of NFC and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, connectivity features haven’t changed from the larger phone: Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and GPS are all still here. Sense 5 and Blinkfeed are also included.

HTC One mini music player

The 122-gram handset measures in at 5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches so it’s definitely smaller and lighter. As a result, it may appeal to those looking for a one-handed HTC One model. Sadly, I wish this were a true “mini” version of the original phone: there’s definitely an untapped market for Android flagship-like specs in a one-handed, smaller package.


stu sto

What I would love is a very lightweight flip phone with data only available to my ipad via bluetooth or wifi. I never use my phone for email and always have my ipad for that


“Sadly, I wish this were a true “mini” version of the original phone: there’s definitely an untapped market for Android flagship-like specs in a one-handed, smaller package.”

You know the old saying “Fast, cheap, good. Pick two.” It is a simple engineering tradeoff. You are asking the impossible with current electronics.

There is no 1080 res screen under 4.99″ anywhere. Same goes for the RAM, processors, cameras, etc. I hear people endlessly bemoaning the lack of a one handed “flagship” phone, but never do I hear anyone complain about not having a laptop that is as fast as today’s desktop, or one that has the same resolution as their 8K TV.

Face it. You want the power of a 5″ phone. Buy one. You will discover that having the larger size device is not the deal breaker you make it out to be. 0.7″ is not a big difference. They are practically the same size. After you complete this step, your next step is to let go of your Aluminum fetish.

Kevin C. Tofel

Yup, there’s definitely different trade-offs required. My concern is less about the screen resolution and more about the 1 GB of memory; that could be used as a reason for lack of future or timely updates.


I was replying to ‘guest’, who said there were no such displays :)


I stand corrected, but the original point stands. There is no 4.3″ 1080 screen available. Just like there isn’t an 8K 13″ laptop.

I want to like the HTC One, but I can’t. The front facing speakers probably sound awesome when you’re watching a movie or something, but I bet they are muffled by your leg when the phone rings in pocket. Nokia N95 got it right years ago. Dual speakers on the edges of the phone.

I also don’t like metal phones. Interferes with radio signal, easily scratched/dented, hot, and poses electrocution risk. Plastic is a better suited material chosen by intelligent manufacturers. Metal is pure vanity.

Finally, I don’t like the sealed battery. The FBI can enable a “roving bug” on mobile devices any time, even if it is off. The only defense against this is battery removal.


“As a result, it may appeal to those looking for a one-handed HTC One model. Sadly, I wish this were a true “mini” version of the original phone: there’s definitely an untapped market for Android flagship-like specs in a one-handed, smaller package.”

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Even the Galaxy Note II is a “one-handed” phone. Apple FUD would say otherwise, but it truly is. The software has been optimized so that the keyboard can be typed on with one hand. Something like the HTC One is much smaller and *easily* fits within the definition of one handed. The HTC One mini is not for people looking for a good one handed Android device. It is for people who want something more elegantly compact, and for girls with tiny pockets, pocketable. (For guys, pocketability should never be a question.)

Please stop spreading the Apple FUD. This is a good device, but it has nothing to do with one handed operation.

Kevin C. Tofel

For many people, including myself, the Galaxy Note 2 is not a one handed phone; at least not when used optimally. Sure you can turn on the one-handed keyboard which moves it to the device corner, but typing is only part of the experience.

If you can use the GNote 2 with one hand, great! I cannot, nor can many others. This has nothing to do with Apple.


It has everything to do with Apple for the simple reason that Apple has entire sections of their iPhone website dedicated to the fact that they’ve maintained one-handed usability even with the iPhone 5. I used the Galaxy Note 2 as an extreme example, but 4.7 inch screen are par for the course on Android. My Galaxy Nexus is an extremely one handed device. The number of 4.7 inch Android devices indicates that the population at large considers them to be one handed devices, since there are always times when you only have one hand available to operate your phone. This is why I disagree with the argument that the One mini is for people looking for a more one-handeable phone. Here’s the Apple link: They have a section talking about it on the iPhone page, but the iPod touch is even more prominent. It’s under the Display subsection the page I linked to. It’s just very frustrating to me since I have found no evidence of that one handed stuff being true at all on anything smaller than a 5 inch phone.

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