HTC One mini 2 Offers A Bit Less of A Good Thing
HTC today announced the One mini 2, a follow-up to last year's One mini that adopts the design language and appeal of this year's HTC One (M8). The One mini 2 carries over some of the M8's best features, though it makes several distinct downgrades in order to meet HTC's price point goals. The One mini 2 is made from high-quality aluminum, but has a bit more polycarbonate filling out the frame to reduce manufacturing costs. It includes HTC's BoomSound dual-speaker setup on the front face, which produce stereo sound. The One mini 2 has a 4.5-inch 720p HD Super LCD 3 screen and a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. These are a step down from the 5-inch full HD screen and Snapdragon 801 processor found in the M8. The One mini 2 also loses the M8's dual-camera set up. Instead of using a 4-ultrapixel sensor, the One mini 2 uses a traditional 13-megapixel sensor with back-side illumination and f/2.2 aperture. The phone includes a 5-megapixel user-facing camera for self portraits. Both cameras can capture 1080p HD video. The One mini 2 loses the two-tone flash found on the M8, as well as the IR port for controlling home theater equipment. It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and Sense 6.0 with the new Blinkfeed app. The phone supports LTE in select markets, in addition to HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and GPS. The battery, which is sealed inside, provides 2,100mAh of juice and the phone includes 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and support for microSD cards up to 128GB. The device will be offered in gun-metal gray, silver, and gold. HTC announced the One mini 2 at an event in the U.K., and did not say if the device will reach the U.S. AT&T was the only U.S. carrier to sell the One mini last year.
Review: HTC One mini 2
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