Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The HTC One mini 2's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 23.2 days standby time, 972 minutes (2G), 972 minutes (3G).



Except for the camera, indeed smaller inside and out.

- Joshua Vergara , Android Authority 

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.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

7.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 32 reviews

What's good

  • Easy to use one-handed
  • Screen offers sharp details
  • Good performance during every day use

What's bad

  • 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."

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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)


Laptop Magazine

Offers a luxurious design that's easy to use with one hand

from Laptop Magazine

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 the bank, the HTC One Remix is a solid choice.

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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 the bank, the HTC One Remix is a solid choice.

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Digital Trends

May not have the same horsepower, but it works like a solid mid-range phone

from Digital Trends

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 phone you’re looking for. However, it’s still a tough sell when other phones with Snapdragon 400 processors cost half the price of the $450 (ish) Remix. You can buy a Moto X or Nexus 5, which are both at least as fast, for cheaper.

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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 phone you’re looking for. However, it’s still a tough sell when other phones with Snapdragon 400 processors cost half the price of the $450 (ish) Remix. You can buy a Moto X or Nexus 5, which are both at least as fast, for cheaper.

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Geek Squad

Small and compact and features a stylish metal body

from Geek Squad

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 cameras that compare well against all its competitors, even the Xperia Z1 Compact with its 21.7 MP camera. There’s also the return of the microSD card which means no worries about storage in the long term. It would have been nice to see a more powerful processor, but it’s still a very capable phone that’s unlikely to disappoint.

Now there is an awful lot of competition in the middle ground when it comes to smartphones, and the HTC One Mini 2 isn’t the cheapest out there in that respect, but crucially it’s still good value. It’s arguably the best-looking and possibly the most well-built and invariably that’s something that comes at a premium. It’s perhaps not particularly ‘mini’ in a side-by-side comparison, but it’s still far more manageable than some of the larger devices out there. 

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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 cameras that compare well against all its competitors, even the Xperia Z1 Compact with its 21.7 MP camera. There’s also the return of the microSD card which means no worries about storage in the long term. It would have been nice to see a more powerful processor, but it’s still a very capable phone that’s unlikely to disappoint.

Now there is an awful lot of competition in the middle ground when it comes to smartphones, and the HTC One Mini 2 isn’t the cheapest out there in that respect, but crucially it’s still good value. It’s arguably the best-looking and possibly the most well-built and invariably that’s something that comes at a premium. It’s perhaps not particularly ‘mini’ in a side-by-side comparison, but it’s still far more manageable than some of the larger devices out there. 

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PCWorld

A pricey mid-range phone that's worth the splurge

from PCWorld

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 world’s favorite mid-range device. The One Remix's higher cost will be its main drawback in the long run, however. It’s $450 off-contract, compared to the Moto G’s sub-$200 price tag, but all those extra features it's bundled might be worth the splurge after all. 

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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 world’s favorite mid-range device. The One Remix's higher cost will be its main drawback in the long run, however. It’s $450 off-contract, compared to the Moto G’s sub-$200 price tag, but all those extra features it's bundled might be worth the splurge after all. 

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Phandroid

When “mini” is a good thing

from Phandroid

“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 thing we can say about the HTC One Remix is that it’s worth of the “HTC One” name.

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“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 thing we can say about the HTC One Remix is that it’s worth of the “HTC One” name.

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Brighthand

A midrange device offering something above midrange performance

from Brighthand

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 bezel makes it longer than seems necessary, so potential buyers looking for a small smartphone should check it out in person before buying to see if it’s small enough. The camera is also lackluster compared against other smartphones, though other smartphones set a really high bar in this category.

All in all, there are worse smartphones out there for the price, and maybe few flagships from last year that are equal to it or better. The best advice would be to try each of them in hand and go with what feels best. 

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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 bezel makes it longer than seems necessary, so potential buyers looking for a small smartphone should check it out in person before buying to see if it’s small enough. The camera is also lackluster compared against other smartphones, though other smartphones set a really high bar in this category.

All in all, there are worse smartphones out there for the price, and maybe few flagships from last year that are equal to it or better. The best advice would be to try each of them in hand and go with what feels best. 

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Digital Versus

Aimed mainly at buyers who don't want their phone in size XXL

from Digital Versus

The One Mini 2 has improved several aspects of the previous compact version of the One. But, while it functions well overall, it's difficult to recommend it over a G2 Mini and especially an Xperia Z1 Compact, which is now available at a more reasonable price. And don't forget, it's well worth considering the Moto G (the 4G version is now available), which offers great value for money.

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The One Mini 2 has improved several aspects of the previous compact version of the One. But, while it functions well overall, it's difficult to recommend it over a G2 Mini and especially an Xperia Z1 Compact, which is now available at a more reasonable price. And don't forget, it's well worth considering the Moto G (the 4G version is now available), which offers great value for money.

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What Mobile

An immaculately designed smartphone

from What Mobile

The HTC One Mini 2 is one for the design purists. Due to its compact cutbacks, it’s doesn’t achieve the all-round success rate of the One M8. It may be first to arrive at this year’s mini flagship party, but with rumours of inbound compact versions of the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, it may be leaving alone.

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The HTC One Mini 2 is one for the design purists. Due to its compact cutbacks, it’s doesn’t achieve the all-round success rate of the One M8. It may be first to arrive at this year’s mini flagship party, but with rumours of inbound compact versions of the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2, it may be leaving alone.

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Coolsmartphone

Fantastic build quality at the right price

from Coolsmartphone

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, which I love, really brought photos to life and that BoomSound tech via the dual front speakers was yet again something I want every handset to have as default – it’s that good.

Now, whilst I’d still personally choose the HTC One M8 if you’ve got the money, the HTC One mini 2 really isn’t a massive compromise. The build-quality is spot on, the metal construction is strong and has a quality feel throughout. This particular one was borrowed from Vodafone and you can get one free on plans over £22.50 per month as I write, so you can see it’s cheap too. Overall, it comes down to personal choice for most of the time, with the One mini 2 being smaller but still very capable.

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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, which I love, really brought photos to life and that BoomSound tech via the dual front speakers was yet again something I want every handset to have as default – it’s that good.

Now, whilst I’d still personally choose the HTC One M8 if you’ve got the money, the HTC One mini 2 really isn’t a massive compromise. The build-quality is spot on, the metal construction is strong and has a quality feel throughout. This particular one was borrowed from Vodafone and you can get one free on plans over £22.50 per month as I write, so you can see it’s cheap too. Overall, it comes down to personal choice for most of the time, with the One mini 2 being smaller but still very capable.

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Tech Advisor

An attractively smaller and cheaper version of the flagship M8

from Tech Advisor

The HTC One mini 2 is one of the better examples of a mid-ranged version of a flagship smartphone. It has the same premium feel as the M8 with only a few downgrades - namely a lower res screen and no Duo Camera or IR blaster. The camera is a little disappointing but good performance and software balance things out.

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The HTC One mini 2 is one of the better examples of a mid-ranged version of a flagship smartphone. It has the same premium feel as the M8 with only a few downgrades - namely a lower res screen and no Duo Camera or IR blaster. The camera is a little disappointing but good performance and software balance things out.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 28, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 365 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 393 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 972 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 972 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 23.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 137 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, White balance, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, Apple Lossless, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC One Remix

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