HTC One mini

8.2/10 AVG.
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8.2/10
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The HTC One mini currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

HTC has released a mini version of their flagship phone, appropriately named the HTC One Mini. The One Mini has the same aluminum and plastic frame, 4MP camera and Sense 5 user interface as the HTC One. The screen size of the phone measures in at 4.3 inches and the total weight is 122 grams (4.3 ounces). Most reviewers appreciate the smaller size of the Mini over the full sized sibling. Mat Smith of Engadget notes that “it's arguably a better size…” as he was able to “grasp the device, slip it into pockets, bag side pouches and use it one-handed without any issue.”

Due to its small size, the One Mini does have lower specs than the HTC One. It has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. Despite the downgrade in hardware, reviewers agree that it still offers decent performance. Engadget notes that “...the phone's responsiveness was mostly on par with the original One. It didn't take any more time to process video highlight clips or capture photos, despite the differences in hardware...the One mini gave...swift page loads and responsive scrolling even on media-heavy sites.”

Aside from the internal hardware, the screen itself is also a downgrade from the HTC One, running at 720p rather than 1080p. Despite this, most reviewers are happy with the quality. Gareth Beavis of TechRadar mentions that the “Super LCD2 screen is a great option that works very well in direct sunlight…”

All reviewers agree that despite some minor drawbacks, the HTC One Mini is an excellent smartphone option. Engadget states that “The HTC One mini is the most appealing non-flagship smartphone we've seen in a while.” TechRadar, while a little more reserved with their assessment due to poor storage and mediocre battery life, states that “the mid-range market renaissance...is an area that HTC is intent on winning - and we think it's managed that with the One Mini.”

The Good: LCD2 screen works well in direct sunlight, easy to handle, fast processing and loading speeds.

The Bad: No expandable storage, mediocre battery life.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

A great-looking phone with a fantastic screen and smooth operating system. An Android handset with few compromises

- Chris Finnamore, Expert Reviews
The Mobile Indian

HTC One mini is the alluring combination of good design, pleasing display and fairly decent hardware. However, it does miss out on a removable and low capacity battery - one of the crucial components for a smartphone. If the phone's price is adjusted to about Rs 25,000 then it would give fair compet...

- Samir Makwana, The Mobile Indian
Engadget

The One Max isn't much of an upgrade over the One and its features don't warrant the excessive volume or weight.

- Sharif Sakr, Engadget
NDTV

The HTC One mini scores heavily in terms of style and substance, with our biggest quibbles being the lack of processing power and the limited storage, at its price. The device definitely feels like a premium one and includes much of the full HTC Sense 5 experience, such as BlinkFeed, the updated Gal...

- Ketan Pratap, NDTV
IntoMobile

Well, what can we say about the HTC One Mini? It's a pint-sized version of HTC's best phone available at a more affordable price, but is that enough to make you want to choose it over its 4.7 inch brother?The HTC One Mini provides most of the same features that we loved about the HTC One in a much m...

- Blake Stimac, IntoMobile


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HTC released the One mini on August 31, 2013.


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HTC backs up the One mini with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The HTC One mini's screen size is 4.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

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

Camera
Yes

You can take photos with the phone's onboard camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 1243 minutes, 492 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

One mini Specs

Overview
Release date August 31, 2013
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Dual core 1.4 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 No
SAR Head: 1.51 W/kg
Body: 0.79 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 443 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 492 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1243 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 28.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Glacial Silver, Stealth Black, Vivid Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 cm (5.2 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 122 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 341 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
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 Yes
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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV
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
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 M4

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Expert Reviews

The gorgeous HTC One gets a little brother

from Expert Reviews

The One Mini is a good-looking phone. We like the silver chassis and white sides, and even the plus-sized speaker grilles at the top and bottom of the phone work with the design, making it look pleasingly skinny.

The HTC One Mini felt significantly faster than the Galaxy S4 Mini in normal use. The app tray feels smoother and more responsive, and there's a big difference in web browsing performance. When looking at a complicated web page, such as the Guardian desktop site with comments turned on, the One Mini can scroll up and down smoothly without missing a beat, while the S4 Mini jumps and jerks....

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The One Mini is a good-looking phone. We like the silver chassis and white sides, and even the plus-sized speaker grilles at the top and bottom of the phone work with the design, making it look pleasingly skinny.

The HTC One Mini felt significantly faster than the Galaxy S4 Mini in normal use. The app tray feels smoother and more responsive, and there's a big difference in web browsing performance. When looking at a complicated web page, such as the Guardian desktop site with comments turned on, the One Mini can scroll up and down smoothly without missing a beat, while the S4 Mini jumps and jerks.

Top-spec phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and new HTC One (m8) will be too expensive for most people – this makes the HTC One Mini a very attractive deal. It is also more compact, which is good for the scores of people who complain about large, unwieldy phones.

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The Mobile Indian

A smooth performance device that can be operated with one thumb of the palm holding it

from The Mobile Indian

HTC One mini is the alluring combination of good design, pleasing display and fairly decent hardware. However, it does miss out on a removable and low capacity battery - one of the crucial components for a smartphone. If the phone's price is adjusted to about Rs 25,000 then it would give fair com...More

HTC One mini is the alluring combination of good design, pleasing display and fairly decent hardware. However, it does miss out on a removable and low capacity battery - one of the crucial components for a smartphone. If the phone's price is adjusted to about Rs 25,000 then it would give fair competition to the LG Nexus 4 and other age-old devices. Honestly, the One mini is a really compact device and probably one of the last of its kind.

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Engadget

Thick, heavy and bulky

from Engadget

It will especially appeal to someone, such as a frequent flyer, who wants a big screen and big battery specifically for the purpose of consuming video and music, at the expense of other requirements. If that's you, and if you can find the One Max for a decent price, it's worth taking a look.

Read full review

It will especially appeal to someone, such as a frequent flyer, who wants a big screen and big battery specifically for the purpose of consuming video and music, at the expense of other requirements. If that's you, and if you can find the One Max for a decent price, it's worth taking a look.

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NDTV

Premium build and style but lags often

from NDTV

The HTC One mini scores heavily in terms of style and substance, with our biggest quibbles being the lack of processing power and the limited storage, at its price. The device definitely feels like a premium one and includes much of the full HTC Sense 5 experience, such as BlinkFeed, the updated...More

The HTC One mini scores heavily in terms of style and substance, with our biggest quibbles being the lack of processing power and the limited storage, at its price. The device definitely feels like a premium one and includes much of the full HTC Sense 5 experience, such as BlinkFeed, the updated Gallery. It also has premium hardware features like BoomSound, UltraPixel camera, and Zoe photos

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IntoMobile

Shares many of the same features found on its larger brother, but in a smaller package

from IntoMobile

Well, what can we say about the HTC One Mini? It's a pint-sized version of HTC's best phone available at a more affordable price, but is that enough to make you want to choose it over its 4.7 inch brother?

The HTC One Mini provides most of the same features that we loved about the HTC...More

Well, what can we say about the HTC One Mini? It's a pint-sized version of HTC's best phone available at a more affordable price, but is that enough to make you want to choose it over its 4.7 inch brother?

The HTC One Mini provides most of the same features that we loved about the HTC One in a much more pocketable form-factor. And believe us, this phone is small, but packs a punch. The Snapdragon 400 is a snappy CPU and the Ultrapixel camera can take some amazing photos.

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UnleashThePhones

An attractive-looking, solidly-built smartphone with a very decent screen on the surface

from UnleashThePhones

I’ve always felt quite positive about HTC’s devices in both the Android and Windows Phone spheres, but I’m not sure the One Mini really represents the best that they can do, even taking into account the mid-range positioning of this device. The One Mini may be an attractive-look...More

I’ve always felt quite positive about HTC’s devices in both the Android and Windows Phone spheres, but I’m not sure the One Mini really represents the best that they can do, even taking into account the mid-range positioning of this device. The One Mini may be an attractive-looking, solidly-built smartphone with a very decent screen on the surface, but its everyday performance left me wanting and I’m not sure whether you would really want to either spend so much money purchasing the One Mini outright or commit to this device over the course of a 2-year contract given how quickly this device will become obsolete in terms of its hardware specifications. There are better and more affordable mid-range smartphones on the market than the One Mini.

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Digital Trends

A good-looking, very comfortable, mid-range phone with a nice screen

from Digital Trends

The HTC One Mini is one of the nicest-looking mid-range smartphones we’ve ever had laid eyes on. It’s also extremely comfortable to hold and easier to use with one hand than larger-screen devices that (iPhone aside) dominate the market these days.

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The HTC One Mini is one of the nicest-looking mid-range smartphones we’ve ever had laid eyes on. It’s also extremely comfortable to hold and easier to use with one hand than larger-screen devices that (iPhone aside) dominate the market these days.

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Business Insider

A great phone and a tremendous value

from Business Insider

In conclusion, the HTC One Mini is a great phone and a tremendous value. If you want to save yourself $100 and enjoy most of the same features as HTC's bigger flagship phone, you'll be tickled with the One Mini.

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In conclusion, the HTC One Mini is a great phone and a tremendous value. If you want to save yourself $100 and enjoy most of the same features as HTC's bigger flagship phone, you'll be tickled with the One Mini.

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Phonedog

A good buy if you're looking for a phone with features that the original HTC One has but don't necessarily need all of the power that comes with it

from Phonedog

I would recommend this phone to anybody who A.) wants a smaller phone and B.) liked the HTC One, but didn't like the price or the size. HTC did a really good job of capturing the essense of the One, but even by cutting corners in regards to specs still made performance on this device speedy and lag-free. The only thing that might really be of any concern is the lack of a sufficient amount of memory by today's standards....

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I would recommend this phone to anybody who A.) wants a smaller phone and B.) liked the HTC One, but didn't like the price or the size. HTC did a really good job of capturing the essense of the One, but even by cutting corners in regards to specs still made performance on this device speedy and lag-free. The only thing that might really be of any concern is the lack of a sufficient amount of memory by today's standards.

The HTC One did a good job of making their original device available in 32 or 64GB variants, completely skipping over the 16GB model that we still see in many devices today. However, as long as you're not opposed to cloud storage, which Dropbox gives you 25GB for free straight from the get-go, this little device might just be worth your while.

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Android Police

The awkward, RAM-deprived middle child

from Android Police

For the regular consumer, perhaps the One mini is perfectly OK. It's not like it's bad, and it's not like going back in the Android time machine to the slow, clunky phones of yore. But for a smartphone enthusiast looking for a good, long term buy? It just didn't hit the right buttons for me. Unle...More

For the regular consumer, perhaps the One mini is perfectly OK. It's not like it's bad, and it's not like going back in the Android time machine to the slow, clunky phones of yore. But for a smartphone enthusiast looking for a good, long term buy? It just didn't hit the right buttons for me. Unless you're willing to go the ROM route and hope stock Android makes better use of that single gig, the One mini ends up feeling cramped and stifling, all thanks to a single specification. That's disappointing.

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