The gradual information spills of the past few months have led up to HTC One mini 2’s formal announcement earlier today, with an exterior and set of features that stopped being a question mark eons ago.
HTC has decided to throw its hat in the increasingly competitive compact mid-range mobile ring again and, while the One mini 2 is clearly not as “uncompromising” as Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, it may just trump its opponent with a more sensible price point.
Slated for a June release in Europe and Asia and, presumably, due out in North America subsequently, the One mini 2 is yet to be slapped with an actual price tag. But one can easily guess the range HTC needs to target to stand a chance.
$400 – $450 unlocked, that is, since the spec sheet is a nice blend of high-end material and (upper) mid-range hardware. For instance, the One mini 2 discards One M8’s controversial UltraPixel Duo Camera setup, electing instead a conventional but punchy 13 megapixel photographic powerhouse.
The diminutive 2014 One is the perfect machine for the crispiest selfies too, carrying a front-facing 5 MP snapper also found on the M8. Pretty much the only other elements the two have in common are the pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat seasoned with Sense 6.0 UI and expandable storage via microSD.
Speaking of internal memory, the One mini 2 can accommodate plenty of content on its own, thanks to a 16 GB ROM, and is a multitasking beast, courtesy of 1 built-in gig of RAM. Granted, the quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip inside the hood is no force of nature, however sacrifices were obviously needed to keep costs in check.
And make no mistake, HTC cuts no corner in the design department, once again delivering a distinguished, elegant, solid all-aluminum slab with an industrial vibe, smoothly rounded corners and front stereo speakers.
Also, the 4.5-inch display is as good as these tiny things can get, sporting 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution. Anything beyond that point would have been a waste, which is what we can say about the 2,100 mAh battery.
The ticker provides enough juice to get you through the day while saving bulk and allowing the profile to remain relatively thin, at 10.6 mm. Sounds good, HTC, now give us a number and precise timeline.
Source: HTC Blog