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 HTC One Mini 2 Out now
15th May 2014

The HTC One Mini 2 is the follow-on from last year's original One Mini and it takes its inspiration from the desirable new HTC One M8. But although the One Mini 2 looks very much like the One M8 on the surface, underneath it is a very different handset.

Compared with the One M8, the One Mini 2 is around 15% smaller and lighter. The display is a 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixel panel, compared with the 5" 1080 x 1920 pixel panel on the M8, although that sort of trade-off is expected given the smaller size. What is disappointing though is the 1.2GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM which is much less powerful than the 2.3GHz / 2GB combination in the M8.

The exotic dual 4 megapixel rear camera on the M8 has been replaced by a conventional 13 megapixel one, which some people will probably prefer, plus a 5 megapixel snapper on the front. There is 16GB of internal flash storage plus a microSD slot, and the One Mini 2 is an LTE-capable device with NFC, it comes with an FM radio, an MHL port for an HD TV, and all the usual smartphone features are here as well. The One Mini 2 has a 2110 mAh battery, smaller than the M8 but it still has a useful capacity.

 HTC One Mini 2 This is an Android 4.4 device with all the usual HTC add-ons, so in many ways it will behave exactly like its bigger sibling in terms of user experience.

HTC say that the One Mini 2 should be available from June onwards in Europe, Middle East and Asian markets. In the UK, Phones 4U say that it will cost around £360 (€440) SIM-free. Many retailers will start pre-orders for the phone at the end of May.

Although the One Mini 2 lacks the processor speed or RAM of the M8, it does retain many of the other features that make the M8 attractive. But it's still quite a pricey device, and for about a third more you can have the full-fat version instead. Given that, we'd probably still recommend going for the M8 over the One Mini 2.

 

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HTC One M8 at a glance

Available:

Q2 2014

Network:

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS 900 / 1900 / 2100 (Europe)

LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 (Europe)

Data:

GPRS + EDGE + UMTS (3G) + HSPA+

+ LTE + WiFi

Screen:

4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels

Camera:

13 megapixels (main)

5 megapixels (sub)

Size:

Medium smartphone

137 x 65 x 10.6 / 137 grams

Bluetooth:

Yes (4.0)

Internal memory:

16GB

Memory card:

MicroSD

CPU:

1.2GHz quad-core

RAM:

1GB

Java:

Optional

GPS:

Yes (plus GLONASS)

OS:

Android 4.4

Battery life:

Not specified (2110 mAh cell)

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