htc one mini 2 first look (17 of 22)

Update, May 4: Unsurprisingly, the original One Mini, released in 2013, will not be receiving the Lollipop either, as per HTC.

Original post, May 2:

The One Mini 2 is yet to celebrate its first anniversary (it was officially launched on May 15, 2014), but HTC is eager to make it forgotten, at least when it comes to updates.

In reply to a customer question on Twitter, HTC announced that the One Mini 2 won’t be getting Lollipop, as updating it to the newer Android version would not result in an “optimal experience.”

With 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor, the One Mini 2 is indeed relatively poorly endowed in terms of specs. Then again, Motorola has been doing a solid job issuing Lollipop for the first-gen Moto G, which features the same processing package. HTC’s Sense software is probably harder on the system than the Moto G’s stock-like OS, but we’re still unconvinced that HTC really couldn’t make it work.

The One Mini 2 was HTC’s compact version of the One M8, featuring Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4.5-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2,100 mAh, and a 13MP rear camera.

The One M7 is another device that HTC is ready to leave behind, though the company hinted it may reconsider its decision to not update the former flagship to Android 5.1.