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Review

The HTC One is a hit the world over. It featured a solid aluminum body, high quality HD display, stereo speakers, and many other features that set it apart from the rest. HTC has loaded most of these features into a smaller body with the HTC One Mini. While some tech was left on the periphery, The HTC One Mini is still a loaded phone.


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First off, the HTC One Mini still features that high quality and solid aluminum body. Machined from a piece of solid aluminum, nothing about this phone feels cheap. Additionally, the phone also rocks with the same set of stereo speakers found on the HTC One which brought us audio quality not dreamed of on other devices.

Now, what didn’t make the cut? Well firstly, the screen has been shrunk to a still large 4.3 inches, but the resolution has dropped to 720p. Not quite full HD, but HD nonetheless. The guts inside also got a bit of a downgrade dropping to the Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor. The Snapdragon clocks in at 1.4 GHz. There is also no NFC chip and the phone lost some weight, coming in at 122 grams.


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Now, some other things we are glad to see are the Android 4.2.2. running right out of the box and the Ultra-Pixel camera sensor. Also making it’s return is the disappointment of running a phone like this with a small battery. While regular users won’t be cringing, shutterbugs and gamers will be left thinking what if after they toil with the 1,800mAh battery. HTC has always been plagued by smaller batteries, you thin they’d get it at this point. Also, only 16 GB of internal storage left us wanting more. This issue is of course compounded by the lack of external storage.  

With everyone phone maker and their neighbour pushing out “Mini” or “Lite” phones, it’s easy to get bored of smaller, less powerful devices. But this phone does live up the HTC name, making it a worthwhile investment if you have the cash, and a real top dog when it comes to Mini phones.

 

Pros 

-Solid body still standard

-Stereo sound

-Still a real slick running phone

 

Cons

-Low battery life

-No External Storage

-It isn’t the HTC One

 

Specs

Weight : 122 grams

Size : 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm

Screen : 4.3 inches

OS : Android 4.2.2. Jelly bean

Camera : Rear-facing 4 Megapixel “Ultra Pixel”, Front-facing 1.6 Megapixel