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 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.
Hands on: HTC One mini will find competition tough
29 September 2013
Excerpt: As its name implies, the HTC One mini is the smaller sibling to the quite stunning-looking HTC One launched earlier this year. It’s got some of the good stuff of the bigger brother, such as a great UltraPixel camera, but there are also a number of cost-cutting trade-offs involved when you opt for the HTC One mini. The first thing you’d notice is the smooth metal finish that is a carry-over from the HTC One.
Summary: The HTC One Mini was an attempt in HTC offering a smaller version of its popular HTC One. The HTC One Mini may not have the high-end specs of the HTC One, but for a product its size, it’s an extremely impressive smartphone. The HTC One Mini has a rather large screen, a powerful dual-core processor and enough unique bells and whistles to make it a worthwhile device for those seriously considering it.
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.
Summary: The HTC One Mini has the same sleek, attractive metal design as its brother, but comes in a smaller, more thumb-friendly size. Its screen is bright and bold too. Although its dual-core chip doesn't impress, it's still a great option if you're after a palm-sized Android phone.
Cons: Unimpressive performance; Blinkfeed still can't be removed; No expandable storage; No 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: 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. If you love this sort of form factor, then we recommend you take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini .