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.
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 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
Summary: The agony of choice. The small version of the HTC One is the manufacturer's deliberate attack on the success story of the Galaxy S Mini series. The HTC One Mini takes up the fight equipped with a 4.3-inch screen, a Snapdragon dual-core SoC and HD resolution. Its opponent is the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
Pros: Bright display, Good processing, High-grade material, Stereo loudspeakers, The device seems very high-grade and sturdy due to the usage of aluminum. The slightly higher weight is no burden.
Cons: Non-interchangeable battery, Memory expansion via SD card not possible, Only 1GB RAM, High buying price, Faint display of self-taken photographs, The RRP of 449 Euros (~$599) is clearly too high since the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are available for a surcharge of nearly 50 and 100 Euros (~$66 and ~$132) respectively. Additionally the same-sized S4 Mini is significantly cheaper.
Summary: The HTC One Mini is a beautifully constructed handset, and a stark reminder that not every smartphone in 2013 needs to pack a giant screen to stand out. Apple’s doing just fine, thank you, and we’re glad to see another company offering a more reasonably sized alternative with great build quality.
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 sets a great example for how a more compact, cheaper version of an annual flagship should be done. HTC kept the same stellar and recognizable design the One has, and didn't leave out any of the unique features like the best phone speakers or the UltraPixel camera. To achieve a lower price, it only skimped on aspects that are likely to matter less for the average user, like taking away a bit of processing power and memory.
Pros: Premium compact design, Great stereo speakers, Very good display panel
Cons: Uncomfortable side buttons with shallow tactile feedback