HTC One Mini hands-on review
We wrap our mitts around HTC's shrunken-down One, and it feels good. Real good.
The HTC One Mini has revealed itself at last, and we’ve had the pleasure of poking around its dinkier display.
Can it offer the same premium experience as the HTC One in a more affordable package? Let’s see…
Design and build: almost as sexy as the One
At first glance you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the One Mini and its big brother, at least from a distance. It’s not that much smaller, despite its 4.3in display – and it feels just as solid and premium in the hand, thanks to its lustrous unibody aluminium build. It even retains the One’s dual front-facing ‘Boomsound’ speakers.
The outside band of the One Mini is plastic however, a clue to its more affordable status. Still, a premium-feeling product at less cost? We’re definitely not complaining.
Screen: a tick for HD kicks
Camera: UltraPixel snaps again
The HTC One Mini features the same 4MP Ultrapixel camera found in the HTC One, and while we didn’t have time to take it for a proper spin and compare the photos on a big screen, we’re confident it’ll offer similar performance, excelling in low-light environments.
Android OS: bang up to date
Power: not too much, but enough
Connectivity: yes to 4G, no to NFC
The HTC One Mini offers almost the same level of premium build quality found in the HTC One, despite the plastic banding. While it lacks a few features like NFC and the IR blaster, it keeps the core One experience thanks to Sense 5, the same Ultrapixel camera and front-facing speakers. Given that the One is the best smartphone money can buy right now, that’s good news.
HTC is pricing the One Mini “two price tiers below” the One on operator tariffs. If they hit the right price point come its release in August, the One will be flying off the shelves – and deservedly so, if our first impressions are anything to go by.