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What's the best HTC smartphone: HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8

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Manufacturer: HTC

HTC has unveiled its HTC One mini 2 smartphone, a 4.5in-screen smaller version of its HTC One M8 flagship Android phone. Here we compare the HTC One mini 2 and HTC One M8 spec for spec to find out which is the HTC smartphone for you.

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8

HTC has unveiled its HTC One mini 2 smartphone, a 4.5in-screen smaller version of its HTC One M8 flagship Android phone. Here we compare the HTC One mini 2 and HTC One M8 spec for spec to find out which is the HTC smartphone for you. See also: HTC One mini 2 release date, price and specs

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Pricing and UK availability 

HTC's One M8 is available now, and its price has already fallen from its £549 RRP to around £523 SIM-free. You'll get it cheaper (relatively speaking - see Best SIM-only deals) on a contract, of course. The HTC One mini 2 will go on sale on 16 June at £498 SIM-free via Amazon or, confusingly, just £360 from Phones4U. Also see: 25 best smartphones 2014

EE has the exclusive on the Amber Gold One mini 2 in the UK, and will be accepting pre-orders from 23 May on both this version and the Gunmetal Grey mini 2. It'll charge £29.99 per month.

HTC One Mini 2 Gold

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Design and build 

The flagship HTC One M8 features a unibody brushed-aluminium design. Its curved rear, rounded corners, reassuring 160g weight and primarily metal (90 percent) chassis make this feel like a true premium smartphone in the hand. The HTC One mini 2 is simply a more compact, lighter version of the HTC One M8, with the same metal design.

Given its 5in screen you can expect the HTC One M8 to be larger than the 4.5in-screen HTC One mini 2. Indeed, it's the best part of a centimetre taller at 146.36mm versus the One mini 2's 137.43mm. The more expensive Android is also wider, at 70.6mm versus the One mini 2's 65.04mm, but thinner, at 9.35mm versus 10.6mm. The HTC One mini 2 is significantly lighter at 137g. 

HTC One Mini 2

Both HTC One M8 and HTC One mini 2 will be available in in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold. 

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Display 

There's just half an inch separating the screens on these two HTC smartphones, but the One mini 2 also has a lower 720p resolution in comparison to the HTC One M8's full-HD panel. This results in a difference in pixel density of 115ppi, which sounds like a lot but both the HTC One mini 2's 326ppi and the HTC One M8's 441ppi are above that magical number Apple quotes for 'Retina'-quality displays - indeed, at 326ppi the HTC One mini 2 matches the iPhone 5s. Also see: HTC One M8 vs Apple iPhone 5s comparison 

While the HTC One mini 2's screen is smaller than that of the HTC One M8, however, it's really not what we might consider 'small'. At 4.5in it's a very decent size for watching films, playing games and, importantly, for smaller fingers to actually be able to reach the furthest corner of the screen during one-handed use. Dare we mention the iPhone 5s again, it's also larger than Apple's 4in panel.

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Processor, graphics and performance

The HTC One M8, fitted with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor and 2GB of RAM, posted some of the highest performance scores we've ever seen from a smartphone.  

Indeed, the HTC One M8 tops our charts in Geekbench 2 with 4,171 points, and in the single-core test of Geekbench 3 with 962 points. In the same test's multi-core component it is beaten by the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z1, Z2 and Google Nexus 5, posting 2,761 points. Also see: what's the fastest smartphone 2014: processor, web and graphics performance compared. 

The HTC One M8 sits in third place below the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini in SunSpider, at 583ms; in second place below the iPhone 5s in GFXBench's T-Rex benchmark, where it scored 30fps; and in third place below the 5s and Sony Xperia Z2 in GFXBench Manhattan, with 12fps. 

So, the HTC One M8 is a staggeringly fast - one of the very fastest - smartphones we've ever tested. If the benchmarks can be believed, of course. In our own subjective tests we judged the HTC One M8's performance to be excellent, and the HTC Sense 6.0 interface seemed to cause no problems with lag. 

The HTC One mini 2 is not going to be able to compete with the HTC One M8 on the performance front, but that doesn't mean it'll be slow. Its 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip and 1GB of RAM match the spec of the Motorola Moto G, which remains one of the very best budget smartphones you can buy. Also see: Best budget smartphone 2014: Motorola Moto G vs Motorola Moto E. 

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Storage 

Storage is identical for the two HTCs, with 16GB onboard and the ability to add a microSDHC card up to 128GB in capacity.

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Cameras 

HTC has taken a different tack with the cameras on its two 2014 Android smartphones.  

The larger HTC features two cameras at the rear, and is known as a Duo Camera. One camera is used to take standard shots, while the other captures depth and lets you alter the focus even after images are shot. The main camera is just 4Mp - it's the same UltraPixel camera found in the HTC One M7, but can shoot faster and capture sharper images - but it has larger pixels than its rivals, making it a decent camera for use in low-light situations. 

The HTC One mini 2, meanwhile, features a 13Mp with a BSI sensor and f/2.2 lens, putting it more in line with the best smartphones of last year. Like its bigger brother, it's capable of full-HD video recording.  

We've yet to get a chance to test the HTC One mini 2's camera, although you'll find some test shots and video footage captured on the HTC One M8 below. (You'll find even more test shots on our HTC One M8 review.)

HTC One M8 Duo camera - St pancras

HTC One M8 Duo Camera test

HTC One M8 Duo Camera refocus

HTC One M8 refocus background

Both HTC phones have a generous 5Mp front-facing camera for selfies and video chat. 

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Connectivity 

There's little difference between these two handsets in connectivity. The HTC One M8's Wi-Fi connectivity stretches to the latest 802.11ac standard, and it includes support for MHL and IR. Other than that, both support 4G, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, DLNA, GPS, Glonass and HTC Connect. Both smartphones also require a nano-SIM. 

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Sound 

Just like its larger sibling, the HTC One mini 2 is equipped with BoomSound technology, dual front-facing speakers and the same amplifier. HTC says it, too, can deliver "powerful, crisp and clear audio that has never been more brilliant. The One mini 2 delivers rich tones from bass through to treble, producing high-quality, immersive sound". 


HTC One Mini 2 screenHTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Software 

Both HTC One M8 and HTC One mini 2 run the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. HTC has also applied its Sense 6.0 skin, which debuted with the HTC One M8, to the One mini 2.  

Key features of HTC Sense include BlinkFeed, which aggregates social-media feeds in an attractive tiled window on your home screen, and Zoe, which lets you create and share videos captured on your HTC with your friends and family. 

We talk more in-depth about HTC Sense in our HTC One M8 review. 

HTC One mini 2 vs HTC One M8: Battery life

The HTC One M8 has the larger-capacity battery of the two HTC phones, at 2,600mAh versus 2,100mAh - but it needs it, with a larger, higher-resolution screen and faster processor. 

In our real-world tests the HTC One M8 lastest roughly 24 hours, and it has an Extreme Power Saving mode that turns off all features save for phone calls, texts, emails and the calendar and calculator apps, letting the M8 keep going for 30 hours once the battery hits 10 percent capacity remaining. We enabled it with 9 percent battery remaining and found there was still some charge left a full 24 hours later. 

The information we have suggests the HTC One mini 2 doesn't benefit from the same Extreme Power Saving mode. However, HTC claims the One mini 2 will last up to 556 hours in standby, or 16.2 hours of talk time.

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HTC One (M8) Expert Verdict »
HTC One M8 Scores 9.1 out of 10 based on 295 reviews
5 inch, Full HD 1080p, 441 PPI
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, quad-core, 2.3GHz
Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0, HTC BlinkFeed
16GB, available capacity around 10GB
microSD (up to 128GB)
2 GB DDR2 RAM
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital compass
Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, barometer
3.5mm stereo audio jack
NFC
Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX
dual-band Wi-Fi up to 11ac
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL)
Infrared
HTC BoomSound - Dual front stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers
HTC UltraPixel Duo Camera
5Mp front camera with wide angle lens
146.4 x 70.6 x 9.4mm
160g

The HTC One M8 either bests or matches the HTC One mini 2 in every category we cover here. And the difference in price isn't enough to make it a good deal in comparison. For those really looking to save some cash on an Android smartphone the best deal will most likely come from the £149 2014 Motorola Moto G.

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