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HTC One Mini 2, Getting Bigger!

June 10, 2014

HTC One Mini 2Remember the HTC One mini from last year? You know, the little sibling of the Taiwanese’ flagship from that time? Well, as the year passed, the HTC One M8 made its grand entrance for claiming the throne and it was about time for it to have a smaller companion for gaining the attention of those of you who don’t quite need a device with a 5 inches screen and settle for something smaller. The HTC One mini 2 is here for fulfilling the need of a capable device that follows the footsteps of the current flagship and also offers an attractive design that’s currently one of the hottest out there, if you ask me. Want to know more? Check it out in the next review, as I’ll try to cover everything of importance about it.
The HTC One mini 2 comes in a retail box accompanied by an A/C adapter, a microUSB cable for making data transfers and charging your phone, a pair of headphones and a pair of ear buds.
The handset is named “mini”, yet isn’t quite as small as you would guess. It’s smaller than its bigger brother, but has almost the same size as last year’s HTC One, measuring 137.4 x 65 x 10.6 mm and weighing 137 grams. Having these measurements, it’s easy to manage if you’re used to handling smartphones and will slip in your pockets without being a burden. The build quality is awesome, nicely imitating the M8 through its molded aluminum body, which is extremely elegant and delights your eyes with a beautiful premium appearance.
The HTC One mini 2 features a 4.5 inches Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a pixel density of 326 ppi and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The image quality is very good, exactly as I’ve expected it to be, actually, displaying beautiful colors, very wide viewing angles and a good contrast. The sunlight legibility is also very good.
On the inside, the HTC One mini 2 comes loaded with Android’s latest, v4.4.2 KitKat, which has been enhanced by the Taiwanese by adding their friendly and intuitive HTC Sense 6 interface. Even though the handset doesn’t offer the features and capabilities of its older and stronger brother, the overall package is more than enough for offering you a pleasant user experience.
In terms of hardware, the HTC One mini 2 holds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB. These features aren’t the greatest out there, yet manage to deliver a flawless performance, without raising any lag issues, freezes or unpleasant stuff like that.
At the connectivity department, the HTC One mini 2 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, tri-band 3G, quad-band or penta-band 4G (where it’s available), dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 MHL enabled and NFC, which is optional.
Surfing the web is done through Google Chrome or the standard Android browser, which has been customized here and there for enhancing the user experience, which is great regardless of what you choose to use for browsing. The pages are loaded fast and you have a lot of features and settings for enhancing your experience according to your personal preferences.
The HTC One mini 2 features a 13 megapixels snapper with autofocus that takes stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and has a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. Even though the technology that involved ultrapixels and HTC Zoe is gone, the handset produces some of the best pictures I’ve seen from a HTC device. The colors are gorgeous, the amount of resolved detail is high, resulting in some beautiful pictures that will certainly bring pleasure to your eyes.
The video camera is also very capable and delivers some very pretty 1080p videos at 30 fps. There’s also a 5 MP front-facing snapper on board for making video calls or taking selfies. There’s a special mode available for the latter, which has the purpose of enhancing your mug if you’re not feeling particularly fabulous when taking the picture.
The HTC One mini 2 comes with a lot more useful things for helping with your daily activities, but I’ll try to resume myself to mentioning only the most important ones. A GPS receiver is on board and has support for A-GPS and GLONASS, Google Maps serves for navigation (and does a magnificent job while at it), you also have Google Now as a personal assistant, the Android Device manager app serves for finding/ringing/wiping your phone if it gets lost or stolen. Also, you have some very capable media players and it’s very important to mention that the HTC One mini 2 offers the best audio output you’ll ever hear from a smartphone. An FM Radio with RDS support is also on board.
The HTC One mini 2 holds inside a 2,110 mAh battery and will need a recharge after two whole days under a moderate usage.
HTC One Mini 2 on mirror

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