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HTC One Mini 2
The HTC One Mini 2 is a bit of a conundrum. Although pricing has yet to be confirmed, it will be well above Motorola’s G5 and in line with the Xperia Z1 compact, which has much more in the specifications department.
So here goes then, a look at what we have to play with, price unknown at this time. Its 20g lighter than its bigger brother, the M8 (not that you’re going to notice that), and fits comfortably in your hand. Build quality is very good, with a brushed aluminium body, curved on the back. It really sits comfortably in your hand. The buttons on the phone are not recessed as one would hope, but stick out from the body. I hope that those buttons will be tough enough to handle a drop test. The phone sports 16GB internal RAM with a microUSB port, and 326 ppi on the 4.5” screen, which has a resolution of 720p.
The camera has a 13MP main camera, and colours are warmer (perhaps too warm) when compared to the M8. However, HDR comes to the rescue, and pictures are really good using this mode. For selfies, you have a 5MP camera, which should be more than enough to capture your amazing features. Unlike its bigger brother, it lacks a depth sensor, but that’s the way it goes.
Its speakers are excellent, guaranteed to put most other phones to shame, and certainly the best of the bunch of the other “mini” series of phones out there. The only better sound I can think of is the M8.
The operating System is 4.4.2 KitKat, so we’re right up there with the front-runners, and, although the double tap of the M8 is gone, we still have “Extreme Power Saving Mode” that shuts off everything bar your messaging and email.
The processor is a 1.2 GHz quadcore with1 GB of RAM, and a 2100mAh battery. The battery cannot be removed, so battery re-boots are a non-starter.
So for looks and a very decent phone, the HTC One Mini 2 is your boy. Motorola’s G5 offers the same specs for much less and the Sony's Xperia Z1 has better features at around 300 GBP.