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.
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 4.2 and Sense 5 when many apps are opened. The processor is also a step down with a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 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.
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.