Review: HTC One Mini 2

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Review: HTC One Mini 2

HTC’s One Mini 2 is actually the smaller brother of the much-acclaimed HTC One M8. One look at it and you will realise that the One Mini 2 does sport a much smaller chassis than the One M8. The phone packs in a 4.5-inch display that offers a resolution of 1280-by-720 pixels of resolution. Under the hood, the Mini 2 runs a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor.

The phone also comes with 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (12 GB user-available). This time HTC has also provided a microSD card slot, for those who find the internal storage space not sufficient enough. Add to these the new 5-megapixel wide-angle front camera and a 13-megapiel rear camera. And no, the Mini 2 does not come with the Duo Camera system we saw on the M8.

HTC One Mini 2 - 1

The BoomSound stereo speakers are put up in the front. The phone also packs in a 2100 mAh battery, and thus looks like a serious contender in the run up to the top of the crowded midrange category. The One Mini 2 runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, with Sense 6.0 sprinkled on top of it. Design-wise, the One Mini 2 is a pretty good looking phone. It has the same beautifully curved aluminium chassis we saw on the M8, available in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold shades.

However, it is not entirely identitcal to the M8, when it comes to looks. This one has black plastic trim that runs around the sides, top and bottom of the phone. As mentioned earlier, the One Mini 2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6 user interface layered on top. The Sense UI is as usual, brilliant. The One Mini 2 lacks the sensor hub from HTC’s One M8. This means certain key functions from Sense 6 on the M8 such as motion launch, step tracking and Dot View case support, are not available on the Mini 2.

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The HTC One Mini 2 also lacks the M8’s full-fledged Zoe features in the camera app. The HTC One Mini 2’s camera unit comes with a 13-megapixel BSI sensor with a balanced f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video and LED flash. We found the performance of the camera to be quite good. There’s plenty of dteil even when you zoom into subjects. Colour reproduction was natural, even under low-light conditions.

When it comes to battery life, the handset lasted a a little more than a day on a full charge. So if you are into gaming, social networking and instant messaging, you might probably be able to enjoy around 20 hours of battery life, before you need to charge the device again. All in all, the performance of the Mini 2 was good. The camera is good, the UI is brilliant, and the battery life is good, too.

If you are on the market for a mid-range phone and don’t mind sending extra, the HTC One Mini 2 could possibly be one of your choices.

Price: AED 1599

Network Support: 2G, 3G, 4G
Weight: 137-gms
Display Type: Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size: 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
UI: HTC Sense UI
Memory Card Slot: microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal Memory: 16 GB, 1 GB RAM
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, NFC
USB: microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB Host
Camera: 13 Megapixels (Primary), 5 Megapixels (Secondary)
OS: Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU: Adreno 305
Battery: Removable Li-Po 2110 mAh battery

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