Thursday, July 18, 2013

HTC One Mini is official

HTC isn’t just relying on the One to turn its 2013 around: the company has the HTC One mini to help with that, a new 4.3-inch version of the aluminum smartphone. Slimming the flagship down – as well as some of the core specifications – the One mini is fronted by a 720p touchscreen where the One has 1080p, but still keeps the UltraPixel camera and Zoe photography system, among other things. We caught up with the new smartphone to see if the One’s undoubtable charms have been distilled down to a more hand-friendly size.
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Compared to its bigger brother ,the HTC one , which  measures in at 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm and 143g, The HTC  One mini is 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm and 122g and is really close in terms of size . The One mini has a glossy plastic ring running around its edge, however, which has a completely different feel to the metal and glass edge of the One, though both have the same bowed aluminum back..

Inside, you get a slower processor in the smaller phone. The HTC One mini uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 dualcore, running at 1.4GHz, whereas the HTC One has a Snapdragon 600 quadcore, running at 1.7GHz. More disappointing is the cut in memory: the One mini has only 1GB of RAM, versus the 2GB in the One. You’re more limited on storage, too, with the One mini coming as just a 16GB option, rather than the 32GB or 64GB of the full-sized One. Neither phone has a microSD slot.

Connectivity has changed a little, too. The One mini is still an LTE device, just like the One, with UMTS/HSPA and GSM/EDGE for when you’re out of 4G coverage. Both have WiFi a/b/g/n, but only the larger One gets 802.11ac support; similarly, both have Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX support, but only the larger phone has NFC. HTC tells us that’s down to size constraints in fitting in the necessary antenna

HTC’s UltraPixel-branded camera has been carried over to the One mini, complete with HTC Zoe and Full HD 1080p video recording. There’s still the f/2.0 aperture and 28mm lens, along with an LED flash, but the One mini lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) unlike its bigger sibling.

Other omissions include the useful IR blaster, which was cleverly integrated into the power button on the One. The TV app itself is missing from the phone, too. A smaller chassis means a smaller battery, too: it’s now down to 1,800 mAh, rather than the One’s 2,300 mAh.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, though HTC says the One mini should come in at two price points lower than the One.
The One mini vs its bigger brother..(image credits - Slashgear)
One Mini against the even smaller iPhone 5 

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