HTC One Mini 2

It's like an HTC One M8, only smaller and less powerful

HTC today in London has announced the HTC One Mini 2, the follow-up to last year's sub-flagship Mini. The 4.5-inch smartphone features a scaled-down display, scaled down internal specs — and poses a little bit of a conundrum if you're looking to get into an HTC device but don't want to pony up for today's flagship, the HTC One M8. More on that later.

Here are the big strokes: The HTC One Mini looks and feels like a smaller HTC One M8. It's only got one camera on the back, and it doesn't record Zoes or stitch together video highlights. But it does up the resolution to 13 megapixels. So there's that. There's the same front-facing, 5-megapixel camera that you'll find on the M8. The display is 720p — that's 1280 by 720, same as last year's Mini.

The phone is running Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6, just like its big brother, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM.

The HTC One Mini 2 comes in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold. Europe, the Middle East and Asia get it first in June.

We've got lots more coming on the new HTC One Mini 2, so stay tuned, and be sure to check out the complete HTC One Mini 2 specs and swing by the dedicated forum.

HTC launches the beautifully compact HTC One mini 2

5MP front-facing camera, HTC BoomSound™ and HTC Sense™ 6 offer a best-in-class experience, wrapped in an iconic design

London, 15th May 2014 – HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, today unveiled the HTC One mini 2, the latest addition to its renowned HTC One family. Featuring a compact, yet generous 4.5" HD display, HTC Sense™ 6 with HTC BlinkFeed™ and an impressive 5MP front-facing camera, the HTC One mini 2 brings the iconic metal craftsmanship and best-in-class experience of the HTC One (M8) to those in search of a more compact model. "The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset", said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "Its 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."

Beauty runs in the family

Sporting the same breakthrough design that led HTC to receive an iF gold product design award in 2014 for the HTC One (M7), the sleek HTC One mini 2 features the smoothly curved back and brushed Gunmetal Gray finish of the HTC One (M8). Also available in Glacial Silver and Amber Gold, its compact size and stylish design make it an obvious choice for those who want a phone that both looks and feels incredible.

High quality camera for naturally stunning selfies

With a 5MP front-facing camera, high-quality selfies are guaranteed. Re-takes won't be required, as the front camera's self-timer gives you ample time to prepare your pose before the image is captured.

To give those self-portraits an element of professionalism, the HTC One mini 2 also features Touch Up for subtle beauty enhancements to smoothen the skin, eliminate red eye and adjust the contours of the face, while still looking natural. If you're feeling playful, you can also give your selfies a manga-like effect using Touch Up's eye-enhancement feature.

HTC BoomSound™ – A small device that makes a big sound

It may be compact, but the HTC One mini 2 packs HTC BoomSound technology to deliver powerful, crisp and clear audio that has never been more brilliant. Equipped with the same amplifier as the HTC One (M8), the One mini 2 delivers rich tones from bass through to treble, producing high-quality, immersive sound through the dual-frontal speakers that have become synonymous with the award-winning HTC One family.

HTC BlinkFeed™ – The news that matters, live on your home screen

Turning your home screen into a live stream of the latest news and social updates, HTC BlinkFeed™ makes the content that matters to you more accessible and easier to read than ever before. Aggregating feeds from a growing list of over 1,000 partners, adaptable tiles display your social media updates and favorite news topics, giving you the latest information direct to your home screen. Continuous scrolling also makes it quick and simple to view different stories, keeping you up to date with the latest developments at all times.

Share and collaborate with Zoe™

Create Zoe Highlight videos of your most memorable experiences with the 13MP camera and share them with friends and family via the HTC Zoe app* and other social media channels. For those unforgettable moments, the Remix function allows your followers to add their own photos, videos and soundtracks to create new Zoe Highlight videos that help you re-live the experience from every perspective.

Regional Availability

The HTC One mini 2 will be available in EMEA and North Asia in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold from June 2014.

 

Reader comments

The HTC One Mini 2 is official

22 Comments

This should have a totally different name. I get the space considerations, but the HTC One line shouldn't get treated to specs that suck this badly. Taking away Zoes, the beautiful screen and dropping the SoC & RAM to less than half performance is scary. I get people want a smaller form factor and THAT makes sense, but I think we wanted to see an M8 in a smaller form factor, not a slightly beefed up HTC Thunderbolt with better software 3 years later.

HTC - I want to like you! But you gotta meet us half way! And I don't mean with half a device.

So is it qHD (540x960) or 720p? This article says qHD, your other one says 720p

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More MP doesn't mean better camera.
There's far more components to take into account.

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Same camera as the new Desire I bet.. which means it takes better pictures in daylight, while the M8 takes better low light pictures.

Trust me, in this case, it does. The 4MP "ultrapixel" camera on the flagship has no place on a premium device. It is literally the M8's Achilles' heel, and pretty much the main obstacle to me buying it.

The article mentions it doesn't make Zoes or Highlights but the PR release says the opposite.

Would tend to believe the official release on that matter.

Sounds like a decent competitor to the Moto G. Lets see if it is anywhere close in price. I'd we willing to pay a little extra for that build quality. Though I'd much rather have Moto's software. I still can't stand Sense.

Wow. I cant wait to read the reviews on the camera. If it's really a nice one then I may get it. The only things really keeping me away from the M8 were the bad camera and extra long size.....looks like HTC fixed both problems.

With that price range (if rumors are to be believed ) I can buy better phone with less money with m7, currently is about less than 500 usd on Amazon.

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Go back to when HTC released the Evo 4g and tell them "in a couple years, a phone with a 4.5 inch screen is going to be called 'mini'"

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Dammit HTC.. U couldn't give the ppl better specs than this in a smaller phone? "Mini" doesn't have to mean "not as good as the other one".. It should mean "just as good as the other one, but smaller".
..And the sad part is this one looks a little better than the M8. Oh well..

Bummer - I was hoping for smaller and "as" powerful, not "less". This isn't going to lure me away from my Z1 Compact for my second phone. But it could have, if it had a Snapdragon 8xx inside.

It sucks! Huge useless space in the bottom of the phone with busy logo commercial!!! Prior model at least used that space for buttons and saved the screen for something more useful.. People has to understand that on screen buttons are a -DISADVANTAGE- unless your phone is so slim with incredibly thin lower area where a button can't fit. It's primarily a cost saving measure not a feature!! Also, BEZELS are not thinner...!! Apple is LOL unfortunately.. Don't mind good screen resolution as long as eyes can't see the difference or good speed processor as long as experience is smooth.. I just don't want to carry dead useless surface area of glass and plastic..