Summary: HTC’s official retail price is Rs 36,790 but you can find it online for as low as Rs 33,000. Considering you can get much more powerful handsets for cheaper, the One mini is highly overpriced. In fact, the entire One series is overpriced and we can’t figure out why.
Summary: Miniaturization is rarely a bad thing in the world of technology, but there’s a fine balance to be struck when trying to make something as small as possible without discarding the traits that made it appealing in the first place. Companies from Apple to Motorola to Samsung have tried their hand at distilling their already successful products into smaller, cheaper, and typically less powerful forms, attempting to deliver a compromise-free flagship experience in a more...
Pros: Best display at this size, Performs as well as the higher-spec One, High build quality
Cons: Poor camera results, Limited battery life, Sense is still a burden rather than a boon
Conclusion: The HTC One mini certainly looks the part, but does it deliver? Absolutely. It’s not perfect, but this more pocketable take on the HTC One is a joy to use and offers users a rich smartphone experience that its rivals may find hard to beat. The size of the device better suits one-handed use and the design retains a flagship appearance for the most part.
Conclusion: The HTC One mini is an interesting proposition. For $600, you can grab an unlocked HTC One , and for $500, you can get a HTC One mini , so by opting for a 4.3-inch display, you’re saving yourself $100. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as going for a smaller display: you’re also getting a SoC downgrade from a Snapdragon 600 to Snapdragon 400, with less RAM, less storage and less connectivity features; plus a camera that lacks stabilization, and a smaller battery.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Nice-looking screen, Great build quality like the HTC One, More comfortable to hold than larger-screen phones, Great low-light camera
Cons: Poor battery life (can’t last a day), Gets warm when gaming and streaming video, Speakers aren’t nearly as impressive as HTC One’s, No expandable storage or removable battery
Summary: The HTC One Mini is one of the better Minis out there in my opinion, mostly because it's able to take all that makes the One such an iconic phone and packs it all into a more compact device. While the lowering of specs can seem a bit alarming at first, when it comes to performance the HTC One Mini doesn't really seem to perform that much less than the HTC One does.
Summary: The HTC One Mini is a sexy smartphone that combines a gorgeous 4.3-inch display and powerful front-mounted speakers in a one-hand-friendly package. At $99, the aluminum-clad Mini is $100 cheaper than its bigger brother, but that cost savings comes at the expense of some performance and TV
Pros: Premium aluminum design, Beautiful display, Exceptional speakers, Fast camera good in low light
Cons: Below-average battery life, Not fastest phone in class, Too many AT&T apps
HTC One Mini Review: the One flagship in a smaller form-factor
6 August 2013
Conclusion: Overall, we enjoyed our time with the One Mini! It is a solid phone which performs well, considering the lower specifications it has. With the new trends of screens becoming larger and larger, it is good to finally have a small(er) phone on the radar if you’re looking for one (that doesn’t wear an Apple logo).
Pros: great performance, above-average battery life, excellent display, small(er) form factor, great materials, awesome design, solid build
Cons: There’s still no exact word on pricing and availability for the International model which we reviewed here but some online retailers, like our friends in the UK, , , and those in the US, , Negri Electronics, , have the device listed for anywhere between $479 (Clove, plus VAT, if applicable) and $617.5 (Negri).
Conclusion: The HTC One mini is one of the very few phones trying to fill the gap of compact high-end phones. And it comes within walking distance of being the super mini, but it doesn't really go the whole way. Let's start off with what we like. The build of the phone is amazing, easily rivaling current flagships (heck, it even beats quite a few). The screen is beautiful and the BoomSound speakers around it are well appreciated too.
Pros: Premium aluminum unibody, Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE, 4.3" 16M-color 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen with 342ppi pixel density; Gorilla Glass 3, Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset: dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 305 GPU, 4 MP autofocus "UltraPixel" camera with 1/3'' sensor size, 2µm pixel size; LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and ...
Cons: Relatively slow chipset with limited RAM, 4MP camera has disappointing performance in good lighting conditions, No optical image stabilization that made the HTC One camera special, No microSD cards slot, only 12GB user available storage on the 16GB model, No NFC or MHL, Non user-replaceable battery, Poor video and audio codec support out of box, No IR blaster