HTC announces One Mini 2 with 13 megapixel camera and looks of the M8

Summary:Similar to their strategy last year, HTC just announced a smaller member of the One family with more limited specs. There are some slight improvements over last year's model as well.

HTC announces One Mini 2 with 13 megapixel camera and looks of the M8
Image: HTC

While I mostly enjoy using the new HTC One (M8) it is a long device and quite slippery. HTC just announced that the next generation smaller HTC One product, the HTC One Mini 2, will be coming soon with a smaller size and reduced specifications.

The One Mini 2 will have a 4.5 inch 720p display, latest HTC Sens 6 UI, and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Other key specifications include:

  • Metal design like the HTC One (M8) in gunmetal gray, glacial silver, and amber gold
  • HTC BoomSound front facing stereo speakers with same amp as One (M8)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage and microSD card slot
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm and 137 grams

If you compare the One Mini to the One Mini 2, you can see that the new version is just slightly bigger with a larger display and a higher capacity battery, has the same processor, RAM, and storage capacity, and has a different camera design. I am very curious to test out the non-UltraPixel camera to see if this is what HTC should have done with the M8.

HTC One mini 2_6V_Gold
Image: HTC

 

You will notice in the press images that the One Mini 2 only has a single rear camera, but it is a 13 megapixel model and is likely to take better photos than the One (M8). I would like to have seen HTC focus on a single great camera on the One (M8) as well.

HTC One mini 2 Gallery
Image: HTC

While I like the look of the new HTC One Mini 2, I still would like to see more smaller/mini versions from manufacturers with higher end internal specs to more closely match their bigger siblings. Most of the time we see smaller size also mean less of a device. If the price is right here, the One Mini 2 may appeal to those who like a smaller form factor device.

An HTC One Mini 2 arrives at my house today so stay tuned for a review in a couple of weeks. Let me know if you have any specific questions you want me to answer as I evaluate the device.

HTC reports that the HTC One Mini 2 will launch in EMEA and North Asian countries starting in June. Last year, we only saw the One Mini appear on AT&T. My wife loved using the HTC One Mini for several months, but is now in love with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the camera performance so she won't be going back to a One Mini 2.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, HTC, Smartphones

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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