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HTC One mini 2 video review: A smaller, cheaper M8

It's now a tradition to launch a smaller and cheaper version of flagship smartphones and HTC has introduced the One mini 2See also: 35 best smartphones: The best phone you can buy in 2014.

It follows on from the original HTC One mini and is a smaller, cheaper and cutdown version of the M8. As such, you can pick it up for a mid-range price of around £350 on a SIM-free basis.
The HTC One mini 2 looks and feels like the flagship HTC One M8. It's smaller in size and lighter but slightly thicker.

Importantly, it retains the premium feel thanks to the brushed metal casing – although there is a thin plastic strip so the metal doesn't quite reach round to the front.

Not only is the screen smaller on the One mini 2 at 4.5in, the resolution is lower, too. Although the display looks good with a pixel density matching the iPhone 5s, you can get this on budget phones like the Motorola Moto G now.

A typically set of mid-range specs didn't yield the best benchmark results but the phone is no slouch and in everyday use. Read: What's the best HTC smartphone: HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8.

Wireless specs are fairly decent although the Wi-Fi isn't the latest 11ac standard and the IR blaster from the M8 is missing. It does have the BoomSound front facing speakers though.

There's just a 16GB model of the handset so you'll just have to choose which colour you want. Furthermore, there's a microSD card slot for adding a further 128GB of storage.

Instead of an Ultrapixel camera, HTC has gone for a regular 13Mp shooter which is capable of Full HD video. In good light, photos are good enough, but they simply don't exhibit the sort of sharp detail you'd expect at this high resolution. Video is a little disappointing with a lack of detail.

Unlike the One M8, there's no depth-sensing second lens, so you don't get any of the wacky focus effects here.

The One mini 2 comes with Android KitKat and Sense 6.0 so anyone upgrading from an older HTC smartphone will have to get accustomed to on-screen buttons.

Sense 6 is clean, stylish and easy to use. It includes BlinkFeed but you can remove this if it's not your cup of tea.

The M8's Motion Launch Gestures are nowhere to be seen so you can't double tap to wake the screen or use other clever gestures. You can customise things themes and change settings like the system font.

Battery life is on a par with most of the latest Android handsets, which is to say that it easily lasts a day. Lighter users will probably find themselves lasting a second day, too.

The HTC One mini 2 is one of the better examples of a mid-ranged version of a flagship smartphone. It has the same premium feel as the M8 with only a few downgrades - namely a lower res screen and no Duo Camera or IR blaster. The camera is a little disappointing but good performance and software balance things out.

 

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