The naming of the HTC One mini makes perfect sense on paper. The Mini is an aluminum-clad mid-to-high-end smartphone with a 4.3-inch display that is designed for those looking for a premium device without the enormous size that often comes with its bigger, faster brother connected, as well as with other Android devices. Superphones & # 39 ;.
HTC One mini – $ 480 (Unlocked)
- 4.3 ", 1280 x 720 IPS LCD display (341 ppi)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC
- 1.4 GHz dual core CPU, Adreno 305 GPU
- 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage
- 4 MP UltraPixel camera, 1/3 sensor, f / 2.0 lens, 1080p video
- BoomSound, Zoe, BlinkFeed
- 1,800 mAh, 6.9 Wh battery
- LTE, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean"
- 122 grams, 9.25 mm thick
Of course, there are some tradeoffs that will help bring the price down as well. Although the One mini contains an ultra-pixel camera, it does not have optical image stabilization. and although the body is mostly made of aluminum, some plastic has crept into the design. For those interested in technology, HTC has also switched the SoC down from a Snapdragon 600 to a Snapdragon 400, which of course affects its performance.
But will HTC's trade-offs affect the overall product too much and prevent it from being a great 4.3-inch device? Or is the price just right for what you get right now?
The HTC One mini used in this test was kindly provided by Negri Electronics. No matter where you are in the world (including Australia, USA and abroad), Negri brings you unlocked smartphones and tablets first at very competitive prices.
The HTC One mini fits exactly into the One range and is designed similar to the HTC One. The back consists of a bent piece of aluminum with no gaps, while the front aluminum covers the speakers. The display is protected by the usual Gorilla Glass, with the only main difference between the One and the One Mini – apart from the size – being the material used on the edges.
Instead of injecting the front and back of the handset together as one unit with zero gaps and plastic around the edges, the One mini looks less nifty. HTC ditched the injected polycarbonate for a Samsung-like glossy edge that is more of a barrier around the phone than part of a unitary design. Although it doesn't look as classy as the HTC One, the white plastic bezels match the other highlights of the device and are still quite functional.
A change in the edge material also changes the buttons. Again, with the separate metal volume buttons and metal on / off switch, the design feels less nifty, but the positioning is still good, especially for a device of this size. On the bottom is the micro USB port, which for bizarre reasons is still upside down, and on the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack.
At 9.25mm thick, the Mini isn't the slimmest phone, but the natural curvature of the design hides much of that thickness. In general, the phone feels comfortable in the hand, especially because of the aluminum and glass that make up most of the build. While it's a smaller and cheaper phone, HTC didn't skimp on a premium design, even if the plastic used in some sections has been modified.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the HTC One mini is that it's actually not that small after all. It's 5mm shorter and thinner than the HTC One, and the 4.3-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16: 9 combined with BoomSound keeps the device quite large. The Mini is significantly (9mm) larger than the iPhone 5s with its 4-inch screen, and even when compared to other 4.3-inch devices like the Galaxy S II, the One mini is simply a larger device.
I know a lot of people say 4.3 "(or smaller) is the perfect size for a smartphone, and the One mini is certainly a very nice size, but for a small increase in the size, you can get a 4.7" (or larger snap) ad. I could understand that if it's closer to an iPhone, people have to choose the One mini, but it isn't. In my eyes, this calls into question the size – and in some ways the whole point – of the One mini, as the phone doesn't quite live up to its name. For some, however, the 5mm size reduction may be perfect.
HTC has built relatively high quality displays into most smartphones lately, and the One mini is no exception. The handset has a 4.3-inch Super-LCD 2 display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 and a pixel density of 341 ppi. Super LCD displays are a variant of IPS TFT used exclusively in HTC devices, although companies like Sony and Sharp are often responsible for their production.
With IPS technology, these displays can produce a better quality image than a TN panel, while offering better contrast, better viewing angles and easier outdoor use. Super LCD displays, especially the Super LCD 2 and 3, are some of the better displays I've used: The HTC One has a Super LCD 3 display and a spectacular, crisp panel, maybe even that best i ever seen. Since the One mini-panel is smaller, less pixel-rich and uses annual technology, it doesn't quite match the standard of the HTC One, but it's still very good for its class.
The One mini display with a resolution of 720p on an area of 51 cm² still has a density of over 300 ppi, so that individual pixels are difficult to see when the display is only a few centimeters away from your face. Photos and videos look very sharp on the control panel, and the text is considerably sharper than last-generation HTC devices of this size. I've been pampered recently using a number of 1080p displays on flagship smartphones, which are obviously a step above this display in terms of quality, but even right across from those devices, the One mini’s screen looks great.
One reason it looks so good is because of the color rendering, which in typical Super LCD fashion is true to life but also vibrant. HTC has tuned this panel perfectly and delivers an ideal white balance and deep black for a strong contrast ratio. As with many other IPS LCDs, the color gamut is large and the viewing angles are very good, so that the display can be easily seen from all angles without any noticeable color distortion.
The area where I continue to be impressed with Super LCD displays is the ability to be readable outdoors due to a combination of filter layers and minimal gaps between the display crystals and the Gorilla Glass. If you try to use HTC One mini at full brightness in direct sunlight, the rest of the panel will be easy to read, except for the small part of the display that reflects the sun.
The screen on HTC One mini is one of the phone's best features. Although smaller than many of the current high-end Android phones, HTC hasn't skimped on quality, which won't disappoint.