The cellular business has picked up a number of predictable habits in recent times, so when HTC launched the HTC One M8 we kinda already knew we’d be seeing a miniaturised model a bit methods down the road.
Lo and behold, right here it's. It’s somewhat shocking that it’s referred to as the HTC One Mini 2, following on from the HTC One Mini – the mini model of the HTC One – relatively than being labelled because the HTC One M8 Mini, however that’s what HTC’s gone with.
Design & Construct
For probably the most half, the HTC One Mini 2 does precisely what it says on the tin – it’s a compact model of the HTC One M8 with a four.5-inch show and far the identical design language because the common mannequin. It has the identical curvature to the again panel, the identical one-piece again and sides with tapered edging, the identical finish-cap design with stereo entrance-dealing with punched speaker grilles. It's a little totally different in locations, nevertheless, whereas the overwhelming majority of the construct is created from the identical brushed aluminium we noticed cladding the One M8 it has a plastic encompass between the entrance fascia and the rear panel.
This doesn’t compromise on the end and really feel a lot although, because it’s a top quality polycarbonate with a matte end. KYM’s evaluate unit is a Gunmetal Gray variant and this has black plastic accents. One other key visible distinction is the rear digital camera setup, as there’s just one lens right here fairly than the One M8’s “Duo Digital camera”.
As with the complete-measurement One M8, it’s a strong feeling handset with no flexing, so is sort of strong in that regard, nevertheless, the potential for scratches and scuffs on the metallic is all the time there. The Mini 2 is a a lot lighter gadget than its M8 counterpart, whereas the compact measurement sits comfortably within the hand.
The show is a four.5-inch Tremendous LCD 2 (SLCD2) with a 1280x720 pixel decision at 326 pixels-per-inch (ppi). That is fairly odd actually, it’s fairly sharp and has good white purity with respectable brightness ranges, color is cheap, however every part has this type of washed out mudiness to it. I commented within the One M8 evaluate that the show (being and SLCD3) doesn’t rise up nicely in direct daylight and I think that would be the case right here too because it makes use of and older model of the identical know-how.
Software program & Efficiency
As soon as once more, the Mini 2 shares the identical Android four.four.2 software program and Sense 6 UI combo we’ve seen on the One M8. Sense is a little more refined from earlier builds with KitKat‘s clear UI parts. There are tons extra customisation choices this time round together with themes and a selection of fonts. Usually the entire expertise could be very polished, with engaging animations and transitions, however importantly, even on decrease-finish hardware, it’s all very clean and properly-optimised. There doesn’t really feel a lot distinction in efficiency from the One M8 a minimum of for basic navigation and regular smartphone duties.
That is all run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon four hundred quad-core chip with ARM Cortex-A7 structure, a 1.2GHz clockspeed, Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
In fact, it is going to be fascinating to see how the processor handles extra intensive duties like gaming, however having solely spent a restricted time with the gadget up to now, we’ll have to save lots of that for our full assessment.
HTC has changed the One M8’s four-megapixel “Ultrapixel” digital camera configuration with a thirteen-megapixel setup, with an LED flash and 1080p video, whereas retaining the 5-megapixel entrance-dealing with secondary developed with selfie-seize in thoughts. In the meantime, the battery pack is a non-detachable 2,110mAh cell and the telephone comes fitted with HTC’s now-acquainted BoomSound stereo entrance-dealing with audio system with a devoted amplifier.
Naturally, all of these items would require longer-time period testing, though my preliminary impression of the audio system is that they’re simply nearly as good as these aboard the One M8, ie: extraordinarily highly effective and really clear – a number of the absolute best within the cellular area, in truth.
The telephone is absolutely 4G and Wi-Fi succesful, packs Bluetooth, NFC, microUSB, MHL and even the more and more uncommon FM Radio. There’s 16GB of onboard storage, which ought to be a lot for many customers, however anybody with huge multimedia collections can relaxation straightforward because the telephone has the identical 128GB microSD functionality because the One M8 flagship.
So the One Mini 2 looks like a succesful little telephone. The corporate has as soon as once more nailed the outside design from a construct high quality and aesthetic perspective, though sturdiness continues to be questionable and also you pay a premium for it. As regular, HTC has optimised its software program package deal and hardware very nicely certainly – the interface is engaging and operates nicely, protecting in-line with the flagship. Nevertheless, I'm cautious of that decrease-finish processor - that is primarily the identical spec because the Moto G, which is ok, however not a workhorse and significantly cheaper in consequence.
It’ll be actually fascinating to see how the digital camera stacks up because it’s a extra typical strategy than the previous few fashions we’ve seen. Regardless of all this, as mini units presently stand it’s troublesome to see the place the HTC One Mini 2 matches in. It isn't as succesful because the Xperia Z1 Compact's premium grade spec, and never as reasonably priced because the Moto G on an identical set of hardware.