The rear camera appears to be just as good as the four megapixel module we saw on the HTC One, which seems to prefer low-light to many of the other handsets, while still supporting “Zoe,” HTC’s technology to capture multiple frames and let you edit sections out of them later.
We won’t go into the specifics of that – we did that in the One review – but sufficed to say it’s like having a touch of Photoshop with you if you decide to use the Zoe camera mode.
The front-facing camera has dropped in megapixels, marginally though, from 2 to 1.6.
That said, the ultra-wide angle isn’t so ultra-wide anymore, and as you can see in the images below, the One Mini doesn’t have quite the same wide capture as the regular One. It does manage to feel sharper, so that is at least something going for it.
The Mini also feels great, and the smaller design will accommodate some people better than the original. We quite liked the size, because even though it wasn’t a huge leap from the One, it still managed to feel mostly right in our hands.
We say “mostly right” because just like the One, the power button location can be just as trying to get to. The placement of this button in the top left position, and for such a tall phone, it can be a little awkward to get to with one hand.
You do eventually get used to it, or you change your hand-hold without thinking.
There are some things missing, though, such as the wireless Near-Field Communication technology, which makes it easy to pair compatible headphones or connect with TVs and computers, and there’s also the omission of infrared, a feature that was previously made available through the power button up top. No TV remote control for you here, it seems.
There is also no microSD slot, meaning the 16GB storage you get with the One Mini is all you’re going to get, equating to roughly 10GB of storage you get to work with when the phone is ready. That’s not much, so just be aware.
When HTC first started the “One” series last year, it said it was slimming down the range, making it easier to pick handsets. It subsequently released lots of handsets all featuring that naming convention, which actually did the opposite.
This year, however, HTC appears to be coming good on its promise, and with the One Mini, has effectively produced a smaller version of its much lauded One handset from earlier in they year.
It’s worth pointing out that despite the name and similarities, these aren’t the same device, and the One Mini does make some compromises to get to its smaller size.