HTC One Mini Review

The HTC One Mini does justice to its name by offering most of the features of the flagship One handset in a smaller and cheaper package. To HTC’s credit, the phone offers the same user experience and functionality of its big brother with some concessions being made on the internal hardware. It brings along the award-winning design of the HTC One, Android 4.2.2 Jelly, UltraPixel camera and a host of other features, which make it a fantastic choice in the mid-range smartphone market.


Staying true to its name, the HTC One Mini retains the excellent build quality and design of its big brother. It is built using the same zero-gap construction of the HTC One, where the aluminum casing of the phone doubles up as the antenna. In terms of measurements, it stands 5.2 inches tall by 2.5 inches wide by 0.36 inch thick and weighs 4.5 ounces, which makes it a bit easier to operate with a single hand compared to the HTC One. In spite of the addition of a polycarbonate rim around the edges, the HTC One Mini still feels nice and premium.Display:

The HTC One Mini possesses a 4.3-inch 720p Super LCD2 display which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a pixel density count of 340 ppi compared to the One’s 468 ppi screen, which seems to be pretty good for a mid-range phone. It offers bright, crisp and vibrant image quality, allowing users to enjoy all kinds of content in incredible clarity and definition. The screen is also easily visible in bright sunlight and has wide viewing angles.


HTC has included a 4 megapixel camera with Ultrapixels on the Mini, just like the one available on its flagship phone. Even the same camera interface has been retained so you’ll get plenty of amazing features like HDR mode, HTC Zoe mode, anti-shake, multiple controls, filters and white balance presets. However, it doesn’t have optical image stabilization, which means the low-light performance and clarity of the images and videos is not quite as superior as the HTC One’s camera. In terms of video recording, the sensor has the ability to record in 1080p HD resolution at 30 frames per second. The 1.6-megapixel at the front is useful for capturing 720p HD videos, self-shots and video chats.

OS and UI:

As far as the software package is concerned, the Mini has a slight advantage over its big brother as it comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean compared to the One’s 4.1.2. The user interface is still the same i.e HTC’s Sense 5.0 which includes the innovative BlinkFeed homescreen. The look of the UI is a bit different to the stock Android version, but it is fairly easy to use and understand. Some of the preinstalled apps and features include Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Kids Mode and HTC Zoe Gallery along with the usual Google apps.


HTC Has taken it down a notch in the internal hardware department of the Mini by including a comparatively less powerful dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. There’s no memory expansion slot as well, so you’ll have to rely on external cloud storage services if you require additional space to store your files. However, despite the hardware downgrade, the HTC One Mini performs very well in almost all situations. You’ll be able to use a majority of the features and apps available on the phone with zero lags. As far as the battery life is concerned, the Mini’s 1800 mAh unit offers a maximum talk time of up to 21 hours and stand-by time of about 21days.