Review: HTC One Mini 2
4.0Overall Score

Price (RRP): $599
Manufacturer: HTC

If you loved the look of the 5 inch metal-bodied One M8 but didn’t want that 5 inch size, HTC’s One Mini 2 may fit the bill, even with its awkward name.

Features

Big phones may be the trend of the moment, but not everyone fancies a big phone, and so manufacturers are now making pint-sized editions of those bigger devices.

We saw that last year for HTC’s 2013 One with the One Mini, and now we’re seeing the same thing with the 2014 edition of the One being made into the One Mini 2.

While the name is a touch confusing, the specs are at least familiar, with an update on last year’s handset and a different design brought in to bring the handset closer to what HTC offered in the current incarnation of the One flagship.

Inside the handset, HTC has upgraded last year’s dual-core Snapdragon 400 to a quad-core version of the same chip, now running at 1.2GHz and working alongside identical memory and storage, with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. In a change from last year, however, the storage can now be upgraded with a microSD slot.

Android 4.4 “KitKat” is also here, running with HTC’s latest version of its Sense overlay, now in version 6.

Connections are mostly standard, though a little under what flagship models offer, with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Near-Field Communication (NFC), GPS, and Category 4 4G LTE mobile connectivity, with a microUSB port, of course, found on this handset at the bottom.

The camera is also different from HTC’s old One Mini and current One (2014), with the Ultrapixel sensor rated for 4 megapixels in each swapped out and replaced with a 13 megapixel shooter, while the front megapixel is straight out of the One M8 and is rated for 5 megapixels.

This technology sits under a 4.5 inch high definition display, showing off 1280×720 with 326 pixels per inch and protected by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.

Buttons on the HTC One Mini 2 are mostly on-screen, now that HTC is reliant on Google’s on-screen soft buttons, with the few remaining physical buttons handled by the power button up top, and a volume rocker on the right edge.

Ports are equally limited, with a 3.5mm headset jack up top and a microUSB charge and data port at the bottom edge.

Slots are also limited, with only two to speak of: SIM and expandable memory.

The SIM is different from last year’s One Mini, with microSIM being switched out for nanoSIM, a move which brings the One Mini 2 in line with the other HTC handsets, all of which have adopted nanoSIM, while a microSD slot has been added for expandable memory, something which wasn’t present last year.