The HTC One Mini 2 encapsulates the essence of HTC's flagship into a 4.5-inch form-factor and importantly it adopts the same premium unibody design. As is often the case a few of the smartphones features have been toned down in order to cram everything into a smaller chassis.
"The HTC One Mini 2's size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It's the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact" said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.
You should find everything you need to know about HTC's new smartphone in this article, including its specification, release date and the all-important price.
The HTC One Mini 2 has the same curved unibody aluminium design that is loved across the world and is being offered in the same Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold shades. It's a little thicker than the HTC One M8 (10.6mm v 9.4mm), but it's 23g lighter with a weight of 137g.
It's 4.5-inch display runs at a resolution of 1280*720 pixels, rather than a full 1080p resolution - but that's pretty standard on a compact smartphone and still delivers a 326 pixels-per-inch rating. It's powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, comes with 1GB of RAM and has 16GB of on-board memory (with microSD support).
The 13 mega-pixel rear-facing camera has an LED flash and is capable of recording full 1080p video, while the front-facing 5 mega-pixel snapper captures high-quality selfies and is top-notch for video-calling. You'll be pleased to hear that it has dual-stereo front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound for pumping music playback.
As you'd expect it comes pre-loaded with the very latest version of Android (KitKat 4.4.2), which is enhanced by HTC BlinkFeed and the excellent HTC Zoe camera software. In terms of connectivity the HTC One Mini 2 supports 4G, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The HTC One Mini 2 will be available across Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the end of May. While, it'll hit North America in June. The price wasn't revealed, but it's expected to retail for around £330 which would make it around £200 cheaper than the HTC One M8.
The power has been cut, you don't get an Ultrapixel camera and the display isn't 1080p. However, the HTC One Mini 2 has a premium design, its compact form factor is more comfortable in the hand and the specification will prove more than adequate for most users, so it's a great addition to HTC's range.
Those who've previously owned an iPhone now have another compact Android alternative to seriously consider, in addition to the excellent Sony Xperia Z1 Compact.
We'll be posting our HTC One Mini 2 review very soon. So keep posted to get the full lowdown on HTC's latest creation.
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