The unique HTC One gained HTC loads of reward for its slick and classy metallic construct, regardless that it didn’t promote that properly. The corporate has gone on to proceed down this avenue within the hope of it paying off, so we now have the HTC One M8 flagship and with HTC’s newest announcement that’s been joined (as its predecessor was) by a mini model – the HTC One Mini 2.
Apart from the apparent topic of scale, what are the primary variations between these two units? Let’s have a look.
Design might be the world the place these telephones differ least, aside from the dimensions, however that’s as a result of the entire level of the One vary is to supply that cohesive, premium look and construct with a metallic physique. Consequently, the One Mini 2 appears almost equivalent to the HTC One M8, proper right down to the curvature of the again panel and HTC’s distinctive “capped” design, with the punched entrance-dealing with audio system at both finish of the show. As soon as once more it seems fairly sharp, clear, and trendy. The primary distinguishing distinction is the shortage of the second depth-sensor port on the HTC One Mini 2; on the HTC One M8 that is current above the digital camera lens. The One Mini 2 additionally has a bit extra curvature at its corners.
In fact the HTC One Mini 2 is far smaller within the hand, with a four.5-inch show relatively than the One M8’s 5-inch setup. Each telephones function the identical brushed metallic end for his or her aluminium unibody shells, and are available gold, silver, or gray color choices. Every additionally has the identical degree of top of the range development; the metallic lends a strong really feel and there’s no flex within the chassis.
HTC often delivers the products on the subject of show tech. The HTC One M8 has a 5-inch Tremendous LCD3 display with a full HD 1080p decision at 440 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and the outcomes are superb. Color is extremely wealthy, and it has wonderful distinction and white purity. Whereas brightness is nice (and an enchancment on the HTC One) visibility in shiny daylight even at most ranges does path off considerably and viewing angles, that are comparatively strong in regular circumstances, exit the window. Nonetheless, it’s a particularly succesful display and razor sharp when it comes to image high quality too.
The One Mini 2 makes use of the marginally older, however nonetheless formidable, SLCD2 know-how at a decrease 720p HD decision, however because it’s a smaller four.5-inch panel this can be a completely acceptable downscaling because it nonetheless retains the pixel density at 326ppi and issues are good and sharp consequently. Color and brightness are nonetheless good however anticipate an identical set of sunshine associated setbacks as its bigger brother.
Hardware, Connectivity & Storage
Each units are fairly chock filled with connectivity capabilities, together with all of the stuff you may sometimes anticipate from premium-grade handsets – 4G LTE and 3G cellular knowledge, dual-band Wi-Fi with Hotspot and Direct, DLNA, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, MHL TV-Out and microUSB. The One M8 additionally has an infrared blaster for controlling your TV.
Each handsets function 16GB of onboard storage plus microSD help for playing cards as much as 128GB. There's a 32GB onboard storage mannequin of the One M8 however it’s not out there in all areas and thus far the UK doesn’t have it.
The HTC One M8 is provided with a powerhouse of a processor within the type of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801. It’s a quad-core chip utilizing Qualcomm’s Krait four hundred structure clocked at 2.3GHz, with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit (GPU). This factor is lightning quick, notably as HTC has optimised its Sense UI and the Android KitKat software program so all of the animations and display transitions function easily. Excessive-finish gaming presents no drawback for the One M8 and multitasking is a doddle.
The HTC One Mini 2 doesn’t boast fairly the identical muscle however it’s nonetheless succesful sufficient for many smartphone duties because of a Qualcomm Snapdragon four hundred quad-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 305. This places it on a par with Motorola’s Moto G and means it may ship equally quick efficiency thanks as soon as once more to HTC’s cautious tuning. It's going to lack the One M8’s future-proofing as apps and video games evolve, nevertheless.
Android four.four KitKat is current on each units together with HTC’s newest UI layer – Sense 6.zero. Sense presents a really totally different look in comparison with common Android however it’s a cohesive one and in addition neatly minimalist, sufficient that it truly feels prefer it’s within the spirit of Google’s unique design. Sense takes benefit of Google’s modifications just like the clear UI parts and HTC has even added some additional customisation choices for issues like font types and themes. In all, it’s a very pleasant consumer expertise and it runs very nicely certainly.