- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority
Except for the camera, indeed smaller inside and out.
- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
HTC's One mini 2 may skip some of the One's most compelling features, but its performance-for-the-dollar is hard to pass up. Here's why this is the little Android smartphone that can and will.
- Easy to use one-handed
- Screen offers sharp details
- Good performance during every day use
- Sluggish camera performance leads to blurry photos
- Screen difficult to read under bright light conditions
The HTC One Mini 2 is HTC's second offering in the "mini phone" landscape. While sharing the same Mini moniker as the HTC One Mini that is where the similarities end. The Mini 2 takes its design cues from the HTC One M8 from its brushed aluminum case to its gently curved back. Critics praise the luxurious look and feel of the phone and describe it as "gorgeous" and "slick." The device measures 13.7 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches), making it narrower than the M8 though slightly thicker. TechRadar notes, "…the reduced width made it easier to reach all areas of the display during one handed operation."
With a display that measures 4.5 inches and has a resolution of 1280 x 720, the Mini 2 is a slight downgrade from the 1080p resolution of the M8. However, it still musters an impressive a pixel density of 326ppi, which is identical to the iPhone 5S. Despite its crisp details, reviewers did notice that the screen lacked the brightness of the M8, making it more difficult to use in sunlight, and provided less vivid colors. CNET states, "It's not a bad screen by and means," but goes on to add, "If you're hoping for the same quality of the flagship in a smaller size though, you will be disappointed."
While the exterior might look the same as the M8, the interior is a pretty big downgrade from the original. The Mini 2 features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of ram and 16GB of internal storage. Standard benchmark tests put its performance well below the M8, as to be expected. When critics tested it hands-on, they didn't have any issues with lag when used for normal purposes like taking pictures, checking emails or even playing graphic intensive games. It did slow down slightly, however, when they tried to use it to create long, full HD videos.
Camera-wise, HTC opted out of their signature UltraPixel sensor and Duo camera technology and instead went with a more mainstream 13MP camera and sensor. Reviewers find the camera usable in everyday use though they mention that it tends to struggle in both high contrast situations and low light environments. Others also noticed some sluggishness when actually capturing a shot, which led to numerous blurry frames.
For the most part, critics praise the HTC One Mini 2. Slashgear states, "…while the camera falls short, the performance, software and tidbits are most welcome." Android Central adds, "Overall, the HTC One Mini 2 is a compelling mid-level smartphones…There's very little to complain about." On the other hand The Verge notes, "Those whose budgets are constrained to the One Mini 2's bracket would be better served seeking greater functionality and performance."
Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)
Offers a luxurious design that's easy to use with one hand
The HTC One Remix is truly the little brother of HTC's M8--it's smaller and less powerful, but still pretty awesome. It gets the job done in a stylish package, and for a free phone, that's a big achievement. I also like the quality dual speakers, BlinkFeed app and 13-MP camera.
Although it's not the fastest phone in its price range, I prefer the HTC One Remix over the Droid Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini because of its more luxurious design, better camera and slightly better endurance. If you're on Verizon and want a phone that looks expensive, works well, but won't break th... Full review
May not have the same horsepower, but it works like a solid mid-range phone
Verizon’s HTC One Remix may not have all the high-end specs of its bigger cousin, the HTC One M8, but it works like a solid mid-range smartphone. The Remix’s cameras are top notch and its processor is speedy, but some aspects of the device’s design and the 720p screen bring it down a notch. Verizon’s added apps and bloatware take up more room than is strictly necessary and exclusivity limits the phone’s reach.
If you’re a Verizon customer who’s looking for a mid-range smartphone in a manageable size, the HTC One Remix might just be the ph... Full review
Small and compact and features a stylish metal body
Despite the visual similarities to the One M8, it’s important to focus on the HTC One Mini 2 as an evolution of the previous Mini. In that respect it’s clear that HTC has put a lot of work into ensuring the One Mini 2 is an upgrade in every respect. It looks great as we’ve come to expect, but there’s also been plenty of improvements that mean you’re getting much more phone for your money this time around without any compromises in design or build quality.
The camera is arguably the area that has improved the most, with excellent front and rear camera... Full review
A pricey mid-range phone that's worth the splurge
Talking on the phone is something I still do, so being able to do so comfortably is incredibly important to me. If that’s a concern of yours, too, the One Remix is a good catch. It also supports 4G LTE data, which many other mid-range phones don’t.
What’s also nice about the One Remix is that, while it’s not an exact copy of its flagship sibling, it’s loaded with premium features like a 13-megapixel camera, fashionable chassis, superior front-facing speakers, and a crisp display. That’s quite a leg up over the Moto G, which is currently the wor... Full review
When “mini” is a good thing
“Remixing” usually means to create something completely different from an original source. Most “mini” phones on the market have been “remixed.” They may share a name with the original flagship, but so many features have been scarified it’s hardly the same device. The HTC One Remix is a “mini” phone that doesn’t require the user to give up on flagship features. You get the great HTC build quality and design, amazing BOOMSOUND speakers, excellent performance and battery life, a snappy Android skin, and a capable camera. The best thi... Full review
A midrange device offering something above midrange performance
The HTC One remix is a midrange device with slightly above midrange performance, overall. The display is most certainly its strongest feature, and kudos to HTC for mitigating issues from overhead glare, and the speakers are also fairly strong, compared against other smartphones. It’s tough to complain about its overall performance at this point, but I fear it will show its age before some of the higher-end sets.
It’s solidly built, but despite the fact that it’s based off the HTC One Mini 2, it’s not a very mini smartphone. The wasted space on the bottom b... Full review
Aimed mainly at buyers who don't want their phone in size XXL
An immaculately designed smartphone
Fantastic build quality at the right price
Another top quality handset from HTC, with a lot of the latest innovations that we saw on the slightly larger HTC One M8. If money isn’t an option, or if you can get a good contract deal, I’d still go for the HTC One M8 purely because of the sheer amount of kit you’re getting. Here on the One mini 2 you’re getting battery life which isn’t quite as good and you’re missing out on some of the clever camera trickery and the IR blaster. Other than that though, it’s a still a great performer and spins along without fuss.
The HTC Zoe system, whi... Full review
An attractively smaller and cheaper version of the flagship M8
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