HTC One Mini 2 announced: specs, features, and availability

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 15, 2014
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Here comes the One Mini 2! Following the successful launch of the One (M8), HTC has now made official the second device in the M8 line, the compact successor to the 2013 One Mini.

The original One Mini had a lukewarm reception, due to its relatively high price and middling spec sheet. For the One Mini 2, HTC made a couple of key upgrades, including the addition of a microSD card slot, and arguably improved the design with even more aluminum. Pricing info is not yet available, but our first impression is that the new Mini is an attractive mid-ranger with a gorgeous design and a couple of interesting features that could well justify paying a premium.

Let’s take a closer look at what the new HTC One Mini 2 brings to the table.

HTC One Mini 2 specifications

Display4.5-inch Super LCD 3, HD (1280 x 720), 326 ppi
Processorquad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz, Adreno 305 GPU
Storage16GB, microSD card slot, up to 128GB
Camera13MP rear, BSI sensor, f/2.2
5MP front, BSI sensor, Full HD recording
Battery2,100 mAh
ConnectivityGPS/GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Networks3G/WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps

LTE EMEA Band 3, 7, 8, 20
LTE Asia Band 1, 3, 7, 8, 28
SoftwareAndroid 4.4 KitKat, HTC Sense 6, BlinkFeed
Dimensions137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm
137 grams
ColorsGunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold

HTC One Mini 2 features

If you love the design of the M8, you won’t find much to dislike about its little brother. For the One Mini 2, HTC used the same the design language throughout, with the biggest difference being the strip of plastic on the sides. The good news is this strip is much thinner and less prominent than on the 2013 One Mini and is invisible when looking straight at the front of the device. The aluminum back of the device is not fully wrapping around the sides, like on the M8, but the plastic-metal combo looks quite nice anyway.

The One Mini 2 is about a millimeter thicker than its predecessor, but you’ll hardly notice that, as the sides of the phone seem actually thinner.

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HTC increased the display’s size to 4.5-inch, and the 720p resolution produces a good 326-ppi pixel density. The screen is noticeably larger, but the overall height of the device is just five millimeters bigger than on the 4.3-inch One Mini.

The BoomSound stereo speakers appear unchanged, so expect the deep bass and high volume the One series has come to be known for.

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Under the hood, HTC opted for the standard mid-range setup these days, which is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. This is a proven setup for devices in this class, but of course, you shouldn’t expect the kind of performance you get from the M8 and other high-enders out there. For most day-to-day tasks though, this processing combo will suffice.

The battery received a nice bump to 2,100 mAh, which should be good for a full day of light to medium usage. HTC listened to user feedback and added a microSD card slot on the One Mini 2, that lets you supplement the 16GB of internal storage with up to 128GB. It’s a nice touch that we’re sure many will appreciate.

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Just like rumors suggested, HTC decided to swap the four Ultrapixels camera found on the M8 with a 13MP unit with a BSI sensor and a good f/2.2 aperture lens. On the front, we see the increasingly popular 5MP camera, though there’s no mention in the press materials about its angle width. Together with the software beautification modes, this should be a nice package for frequent selfie takers.

Another addition is the presence of NFC, which joins the usual assortment of connectivity options. Just like last year, you get HSPA+ and LTE; the device features a nano-SIM slot, compared to micro-SIM on the 2013 One Mini.

At launch, the One Mini 2 will be available in the same color options as the M8: Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold. HTC wanted us to note that the initial batch of Gunmetal Gray units ships with silver volume buttons, but the following batches will have gray buttons, matching the power button.

HTC One Mini 2 runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6 on top, complete with HTC’s marquee features like the BlinkFeed feed aggregator and Zoe.

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HTC One Mini 2 availability

HTC has only provided info on the One Mini 2’s availability in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia) and Asia. In these regions, the HTC One Mini 2 will be available from June for an unspecified price.

No details yet on the eventual availability of the device in North America and other regions.

HTC One Mini 2 images

Press release

Show Press Release

HTC launches the beautifully compact HTC One mini 2

5MP front-facing camera, HTC BoomSound™ and HTC Sense™ 6 offer a best-in-class

experience, wrapped in an iconic design

LONDON, 15th May 2014 – HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today

unveiled the HTC One mini 2, the latest addition to its renowned HTC One family.

Featuring a compact, yet generous 4.5” HD display, HTC Sense™ 6 with HTC

BlinkFeed™ and an impressive 5MP front-facing camera, the HTC One mini 2 brings

the iconic metal craftsmanship and best-in-class experience of the HTC One (M8) to

those in search of a more compact model.

“The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced

features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset”, said

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a

hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It’s the

perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want

something more compact.”

Beauty runs in the family

Sporting the same breakthrough design that led HTC to receive an iF gold product

design award in 2014 for the HTC One (M7), the sleek HTC One mini 2 features the

smoothly curved back and brushed Gunmetal Gray finish of the HTC One (M8). Also

available in Glacial Silver and Amber Gold, its compact size and stylish design make

it an obvious choice for those who want a phone that both looks and feels incredible.

High quality camera for naturally stunning selfies

With a 5MP front-facing camera, high-quality selfies are guaranteed. Re-takes won’t

be required, as the front camera’s self-timer gives you ample time to prepare your

pose before the image is captured.

To give those self-portraits an element of professionalism, the HTC One mini 2 also

features Touch Up for subtle beauty enhancements to smoothen the skin, eliminate

red eye and adjust the contours of the face, while still looking natural. If you’re feeling

playful, you can also give your selfies a manga-like effect using Touch Up’s eyeenhancement feature.

HTC BoomSound™ – A small device that makes a big sound

It may be compact, but the HTC One mini 2 packs HTC BoomSound technology to

deliver powerful, crisp and clear audio that has never been more brilliant. Equipped

with the same amplifier as the HTC One (M8), the One mini 2 delivers rich tones

from bass through to treble, producing high-quality, immersive sound through the

dual-frontal speakers that have become synonymous with the award-winning HTC

One family.

HTC BlinkFeed™ – The news that matters, live on your home screen

Turning your home screen into a live stream of the latest news and social updates,

HTC BlinkFeed™ makes the content that matters to you more accessible and easier

to read than ever before. Aggregating feeds from a growing list of over 1,000

partners, adaptable tiles display your social media updates and favorite news topics,

giving you the latest information direct to your home screen. Continuous scrolling

also makes it quick and simple to view different stories, keeping you up to date with

the latest developments at all times.

Share and collaborate with Zoe™

Create Zoe Highlight videos of your most memorable experiences with the 13MP

camera and share them with friends and family via the HTC Zoe app* and other

social media channels. For those unforgettable moments, the Remix function allows

your followers to add their own photos, videos and soundtracks to create new Zoe

Highlight videos that help you re-live the experience from every perspective.

Regional Availability

The HTC One mini 2 will be available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber

Gold in EMEA from the end of May 2014 and in North Asia from June 2014.

Buy or Pass?

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  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    This one looks better than the M8…IMO lol..

    • Trying to be controversial eh? The 4-4.7 market is a HUGE opportunity. And no, no $700 devices. Things are different now. Manufacturers that don’t spot it are retarded. They can make devices with perfect specs for -$399.

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        “Looks good, but the price needs to be right” that’s what I voted for ;-)
        I like that they ditched the 4MP Dual crap…and the SD 600 will do just fine…maybe a little more ram but it’s ok for KitKat…and 720p is pretty good on a 4.5” display (judging by my S3) so yeah…I think this one will be more compelling for me than the M8….it has a SD card slot…front facing speakers…
        I honestly think this will sell more than the M8…IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

      • Милен Стефанов

        Do you think that these specs worth price even closer to $399 ? $299- perfect, $349- good, but $399 is too much…

    • Милен Стефанов

      But only looks… This “thing” is big disappointment

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        Много зависи каква цена ще му сложат…

        • Милен Стефанов

          Ще е голяма изненада ако стартира с цена под 700лв. в БГ… То това е проблемът на почти всяко “мини”- параметри за 450лв. заради едното лого се продават за 650+лв…

          • Dimitar Gospodinov

            Сега с Moto G и Moto Е може и да се излъжат нещо :D

          • Милен Стефанов

            А дано, ама надали…

          • Dimitar Gospodinov

            Хахах още преди да го прочета знаех, че ще ти е такъв отговора…ще гледаме…Големия не ми харесва хич с тая камера и всичкото тиксо вътре…само OPPO да почнат да продават тука…може и да сменя S3-ката :D

          • Милен Стефанов

            Не е само ОРРО, аз и на някое Xiaomi не бих отказал. Купища интересни модели има дето липсват в БГ…

          • Dimitar Gospodinov

            И ти си прав…Лека вечер!

  • Two things:

    Bottom bezel – holy $@@!!
    It better be sub $350 off contract, but of course it wont. Consumers that are smart, are, well, smart. And don’t pay ridiculous prices for 2nd tier specs. But this device is legitimately beautiful, and has a better camera than the ‘One M8’. Le sigh.

    • crackinthewall

      Knowing HTC, they will try to sell this higher than $400 and that’s really sad. It is essentially an LTE Moto G with twice the storage (necessary because of Sense), better cameras and NFC and it doesn’t really justify the price difference. The Snapdragon 400 is really old for a 2014 midrange phone like the One Mini 2.

    • Skya

      LOL, they even keep the black bar from M8.

      To be honest, I had hope HTC will fix that black bar in their Mini variants.
      Seems I hope too high, HTC engineers don’t have such capabilities.

      • ShawVicDaas

        true, irritating black bars

    • Mohammed Azoz

      the Pricing will Be extra-ordinary Expensive that’s How HTC works :D

  • shlk7

    Is this as tall as the htc one M7?
    If so wouldn’t the M7 be a better and cheaper deal?

    • ShawVicDaas

      m7 is much better

  • Luka Mlinar

    Is it just me or is this just a Moto G in a metal case. With crap UI and a price that’s twice that of the Motorola.

  • vickeiy

    Nothing’s better than in last year’s Mini except the camera. I don’t understand why would anyone buy this on the forthcoming 350-400$ price if you can get a nexus 5 or an lg g2 for that money.

  • ShawVicDaas

    Moto X gives a 4.7″ screen with a 2200mAH battery and a better Snapdragon S4 Pro in a dimension of 129.4×65.5 while this HTC One mini 2 with a 4.5″ screen has UGLY vertical bezels, of as much as 135mm. HTC really cant make compact phones like Motorola/LG/Samsung.

    The metallic finish and Boomsound are the only selling factors for HTC.

  • Nice-looking phone. Better than the Moto G, even (and I like its design a lot). Price it close to the G, and you’ve got an extra-large market looking for a nice phone with a reliable brand.

    Even that black bar looks cool, if I may say that. :D

  • Karl Mose

    First Samsung with the awful S5 design, then Oppo dumping the metal frame in their find series, and now we have HTC continuing with the same old design, only with an uglier finish :I. What’s going on with these companies? I’m not an LG fan but so far they seem to be the only company going in the right direction with their G3.

  • Noel

    Hands down this is a well crafted and beautifully designed mini phone just like the One M8. Please HTC Design is way past time for u guys to step away from the huge bezels..even the BoomSound speakers need to go on a diet, i hope they are not all blind to those huge bezels. It is the only takeaway of this masterpiece of a mini phone when it comes to its physical appearance. There are also a few issues with the internal specs…at least a QSD600 with 2GB RAM, 16/32GB internal plus the SD slot. Hope they price it <$400….there are top specced phone now <$350.

  • Eddy

    The One may be HTC’s flagship device for the year, but the mini 2 is a more approachable handset thanks to its reduced footprint, lower price point, and compelling performance/value.