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HTC One mini 2: Release date, price and specs

HTC One mini 2: Release date, price and specs

Upgrades include m8 design, quad-core CPU and better cameras

Almost a year on from the One mini, HTC has announced a successor: the One mini 2. With a new design and some uprated components, it could be the 'One' for you if the m8 is just too big. Here's everything you need to know about the One mini 2 release date, price and specs.

Compared to the fanfare surrounding the One m8 launch, the brand new One mini 2 has been announced very quietly indeed. The name implies that it's the successor to the HTC One mini, reviewed. Also see: HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8 comparison review.

In reality, it's the second mini version of the bigger One, so it's no surprise that the One mini 2 looks exactly like a slightly pared down version of HTC One m8, reviewed.

HTC One mini 2: specifications

Screen

The One mini 2 still has a 1280x720-pixel screen like its predecessor, but it's grown almost imperceptibly from 4.3 to 4.5in.

Storage

There's also still 16GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, with a microSD expansion slot for adding up to 128GB more.

Processor

A bigger change is the switch from a dual-core to a quad-core processor, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. The clock speed may be slower at 1.2GHz (versus 1.4GHz for the original One mini) but it's sure to be faster overall.

Cameras

Both cameras have had big upgrades, with a 13Mp main rear camera and a 5Mp front-facing webcam. Both can shoot 1080p video. What you don't get is the One m8's second rear camera for measuring depth, which means no refocusing or depth-of-field trickery when editing images.

Software

No surprises with the operating system: HTC preloads Android 4.4 KitKat with the Sense 6 overlay, BlinkFeed and Zoe.

Speakers

The One mini 2 has HTC's 'BoomSound' which means a pair of front-facing speakers, just as the One m8 has. It should offer excellent sound for watching videos or playing games without headphones.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the One mini 2 gets NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 4 with aptX. There's dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and the usual micro USB charge/sync port.

There's support for 4G LTE, operating on four bands in the EMEA region (3, 7, 8 and 20), and the handset requires a nano SIM.

Dimensions and weight

Size and weight are similar to the One mini at 137 x 65 x 10.6mm and 137g. So, it's a whisker thicker and 15g heavier.

HTC One mini 2: release date

HTC hasn't given a firm date for when the One mini 2 will go on sale, but we do know it will available in June, meaning just a couple of weeks' wait.

Of the three colours - Silver, Gunmetal and Amber Gold - the latter will be exclusive to EE in the UK. If you want a Gunmetal or Amber Gold version, you can pre-order one from EE on 23rd May.

HTC One mini 2: price

There's no word at all on price, but if the original One mini is anything to go by, it could cost around £380.

If that's true, HTC could have a big problem on its hands. Motorola's forthcoming updated Moto G will have 4G and similar specs to the One mini 2. Yet, it's likely to cost less than £200.

And where Sony maintained performance in the Xperia Z1 Compact by keeping the Z1's processor, HTC hasn't done that with the One mini 2.

Until that all-important price is announced, it's hard to come to any conclusions about the new smartphone. One thing is certain, though: it will be up against some stiff competition.


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