HTC today officially announced the upcoming launch of the HTC One mini - the smaller sibling of the HTC One - the one we have already heard and seen so much about. Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8930) CPU and Adreno 305 GPU, the One mini will be right away released with Android 4.2.2 and HTC Sense 5. While the CPU sounds mini, other tech-specs aren't at all. The One mini also supporting quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS/HSPA+ at 900/1900/2100 MHz as well as triband LTE at 800/1800/2600 MHz. Other connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, WiFi a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as MHL, DLNA and screen sharing via HTC Media Link HD and Miracast.
The supported sensors includes the gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor and for sure an ambient light sensor. Last but not least is the One mini supporting GPS and GLONASS but lacks NFC
What makes the device mini - compared to the original One - is the smaller screen size and therefore smaller overall footprint. The HTC One mini comes with a 4.3", Super LCD2, Gorilla Glass 3 protected touchscreen which has a 720p HD resolution at 341 PPI. Also somewhat "less big" is the memory, which is 1 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM only and can't be expanded with micro SD memory cards but at least with USB OTG. All this is embedded into an HTC One-typical zero gap aluminum unibody design which measures 132 x 63 x 9.2 mm and weights 128 grams, including the embedded 1,800 mAh Li-polymer battery. However, the housing is slightly different from the original HTC One design. While the backside looks pretty much the same, including the two times interrupted aluminum shell, the side is glossy (white or black) polycarbonate, going to the front of the device to hold the front facing aluminum speaker covers and touchscreen. Also different to the One is the aspect ratio of the One mini; it feels higher and not as wide and therefore it feels to better fit into the palm. The slightly changed aspect ratio comes from the stereo speakers on the top and bottom which have nearly the same size of the One.
HTC has virtually not done any trade-offs if it comes to the One typical highlights; like the new HTC BlinkFeed (which also includes Instagram integration), the HTC UltraPixel camera, HTC BoomSound and its affiliated services. Therefore is the HTC One mini featuring the same 4 megapixel main camera which comes with a 1/3' BSI sensor and a pixel size of 2.0 µm. All this is powered by HTC's dedicated ImageChip 2 and an f/2.0 aperture, 28 mm lens. Unfortunately not on board is HTC's Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which was just introduced with the One. Nevertheless, the main camera features exactly the same Smart Flash with five levels of flash which are automatically set by the distance to the photographed subject. The not so ultra-wide-angle front facing camera features 1.6 megapixel, a BSI Sensor with f/2.2 and HDR capabilities. The main camera allows to record Full HD 1080p videos (even in HDR) or alternatively 720p HD videos with up to 60 fps, while the front facing camera allows to record standard 720p HD videos.
For sure is the One mini also featuring continuous shooting and VideoPic as well as slow motion video recording with variable playback speed. Also onboard are HTC Zoe and HTC Zoe Share and the video highlights can finally created with your own music, something the HTC One with the latest Android 4.2.2 firmware isn't supporting (yet). Last but not least also supported are retouch with object removal, Face Bautification, Always Smile and Sequence Shot.
The One mini also features BoomSound which means it comes with the HTC One typical frontal stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers and extra large sound chambers as well as so called "studio-quality sound with Beats Audio", dual microphones and Sense Voice for improved communication in loud environments.
However, HTC has left the consumer infrared port and therefore is the One mini neither able to be used as a remote control for TVs and settop-boxes nor does it includes HTC TV.
The HTC One mini will be initially available in silver, the black version will follow a little bit later. HTC said that the One mini will goes on sale in selected European countries from early August and will rolled out globally from September. The suggested retail price, without any subsidizations, is 449 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne