The HTC One mini - the smaller sibling of the HTC One - is HTC's latest addition to the series of One devices. 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 and the infrared transmiter. 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. It has 1 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM and supports USB OTG. Like the HTC One, the HTC One mini is also featuring a 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 either glossy white or black polycarbonate, going to the front of the device to hold the front facing aluminum speaker covers and touchscreen.
The One mini also comes with the HTC One typical 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. 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.
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.
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