HTC One Mini 2: Same award-winning design, gutted hardware

A 4.5in version of the popular HTC One smartphone, but don't expect the same powerful kit inside.

HTC is hoping its range of One smartphones will appeal to a wider market with the unveiling of its Mini 2 smartphone last night.

People who considered the One (M8) too tall will be drawn to the smaller Mini 2. The sceen is a smaller 4.5-inches, has a resolution of 720x1280 and a density of 326 pixels-per-inch — that’s the same as Apple’s Retina display.

HTC has backed the design language it introduced with its premium One smartphones. The Mini 2 has a brushed metal body similar to that of the One (M8).

A notable omission is HTC’s DuoCamera. Instead, the Mini 2 makes do with a high resolution 13 megapixel camera that can record videos in Full HD resolution. The front facing 5 megapixel camera, along with HTC’s renowned front stereo speakers, are both inherited from the One.

The design and multimedia thus far inspire confidence in the Mini 2. Unfortunately things take a turn for the worse when you take a closer look at the internals. Beneath the metal-clad body is a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, half the RAM at 1GB and 16GB of internal storage. The Mini 2 will take a microSD card for more memory.

The Android 4.4 smartphone will run HTC’s Sense 6 user interface and will feature its BlinkFeed news aggregating software. Connectivity on the mini smartphone remains solid with 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and support for NFC.

Australian pricing and availability for the HTC One Mini 2 hasn’t been announced. HTC said in a press release the Mini 2 will be released in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia from June 2014. Good Gear Guide is awaiting comment from local HTC representatives and will update the article with their response.

Rival Sony announced a smaller version of its Xperia flagship, the Z1 Compact, earlier this year. The Z1 Compact received general praise for offering the same hardware as the full-sized Z1, but in a smaller 4.5-inch form factor.

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