HTC One M8 is my favourite phone in 2014 and today HTC has announced its smaller sibling, the HTC One Mini 2. This mini version of flagship is not really mini in the sense of its size. The 720p 4.5-inch display is not small at all. The design is much like the small size HTC One M8 and it is perfectly nice choice. The same 3 colors are all available. The metal body is just as sexy. The ugly, fat plastic that wrap around last year’s One Mini is reduced to an acceptable size. The small size will make the device easier to hold.
The part where it lives to its name is the specifications, sadly. It houses a quad core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor instead of the Snapdragon 801 found in the One M8, only 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage with 10.5GB available. If that’s not enough for you, luckily there’s a micro-SD expansion slot for external storage up to 128GB. The battery is 2100mAh. HTC pack the One Mini 2 with Sense 6 and Android 4.4.2. I am a big fan of Sense UI for its modern and simple look. The performance is great too so I expect the phone to run nicely on everyday task.
The camera also got stripped down too. The interesting Duo Camera is not found here. A standard 13 MP rear shooter is chosen by HTC here. I don’t expect the camera to be fascinating at all, especially in low light. Luckily the front facing 5MP wide angle camera is there to stay for selfies lovers.
The naming itself is a bit awkward as the 2014 version of One is called HTC One M8 but this mini version is not called HTC One M8 Mini. What I think is that HTC wants to leave the M8 naming for phones with the Duo Camera. HTC One Mini 2 is really a strip-down version of HTC One M8 but in my opinion, the compromises is too much. The price is not officially announced yet but with reference to last year’s model, this can’t be a good buy. The specs do not live to its price and the only part it excels is its gorgeous metal body, which may not be enough to justify the price. Sony did great with Z1 Compact which has top of the shelves specification but with small body. HTC certainly need to rethink its strategy for its mini version of flagship.