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Hands-on with the HTC One Mini 2: a visual presentation

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May 15, 2014

The One Mini 2 is here, and questionable name aside, it’s a sight to behold. The Mini 2 looks and feels like a shrunken version of the One (M8), bringing the luxurious feeling of brushed aluminum to a compact form factor that many will appreciate.

We’ve gone through the One Mini 2’s full specifications, features and availability details in our announcement post, and now we’re going to present you the device in a more visual focused way. Here we go!

The HTC One Mini 2 will be available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold, just like its M8 brother, and we have to say it, metal suits this device very well.

You get the same brushed texture and sturdy feeling. The gray model in particular looks sleek and stealthy.

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As you can see, this particular review unit features a silver volume button. According to HTC, that won’t be the case with actual production models, which will have gray volume buttons. That seems like a better choice to us.

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The One Mini 2 does have a little more plastic than the M8 on the sides, but it’s thinner than on the original Mini, and, at least on our model, looks very nice.

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This strip is no longer sticking out when looking at the front of the phone, like it happened with the 2013 Mini.

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Owing to its smaller size, the Mini 2 is much easier to hold in hand. The M8 was criticized by many for its large footprint.

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The power button on the top, in particular, is much easier to reach and use. You don’t get the wake up gestures that the M8 has, but you may not miss them that much anyway.

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The BoomSound speakers are in their place, but so is that bezel at the bottom of the screen. According to HTC, that space accommodates crucial components, so it wasn’t just a designer’s whim.

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On the back, you get the simple layout that HTC’s using on the M8, with one big difference – the absence of the Duo Camera depth sensor. That’s because the One Mini 2 features a conventional 13MP camera, just like the one on the Desire 816, instead of the M8’s four ultrapixels unit.

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The 4.5-inch display is nice and colorful, though it’s not that sharp as the M8’s. But most people won’t care about or won’t notice the difference in crispness. At 326 ppi, the display is above the threshold at which most people are able to notice pixels, at normal using distances.

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The bezels on the sides, though, could be a little thinner (yes, we’re spoiled.)

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BlinkFeed is front and center on the One Mini 2, offering you pretty much the same experience you get on the M8.

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In fact, the One Mini 2 comes with all the bells and whistles from the M8, with the exception of the wake up gestures and the features enabled by the depth sensor.

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Speaking of camera, you may not get any refocus tricks, but otherwise you get HTC’s feature rich camera experience. Selfie lovers, there are a couple of beautification features waiting for you.

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A pleasant surprise is the microSD card slot on the side, that lets you add up to 128GB to the 16GB of internal storage.

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There you have it, the HTC One Mini 2. Stay tuned for more coverage in the next days, and, of course, our full review.

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