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HTC One Mini video review - cheaper & smaller than its big brother the HTC One Android phone

The Mini is an Android smartphone that's a cut-down version of the HTC One. It's cheaper and slightly smaller than its big brother, but it is far from tiny. Here's our HTC One mini video review.

HTC One mini: performance and specs

  • GeekBench 2: 1383 points
  • GLBenchmark Egypt HD: 24.4fps
  • SunSpider Javascript test: 1271ms

The HTC One mini is no slouch, but it can't compete with the full-blown HTC One. In speed, graphics and javascript benchmarks it performs well for a phone at this price. More importantly in action we found it responsive and snappy.

The HTC One mini is a little lacking in the storage department, however. It has only 16GB onboard storage, and no expansion slot for SD cards. On our brand new handset, once we'd synched our Google account more than 5GB of storage was used up, too. See also: HTC One mini vs HTC One comparison review.

HTC One mini: Design, build, display

The HTC One mini looks a lot like the original - itself something of a design classic. But the all over aluminium that gave the HTC One such a premium feel has disappeared - or at least some of it has. There's a strip of white plastic around the outside. It's a small thing but it does make a big difference to the overall feel.

The mini is, of course, smaller than its big brother, but not by much. Both phones are the same thickness, for instance, but there is a small difference in weight. The HTC One mini measures 9.3 milimetres thick and weighs 122 grammes. It's a decent, slim and lightweight phone.

The 4.3 inch display has a pixel density of 341 pixels per inch. That's better than the iPhone 5! Not too shabby for a phone in this price range. It is sharp and colourful and the touchscreen is responsive. See also: Group test: what's the best Android phone?

HTC One mini: Software

The HTC One mini runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC's Sense 5 user interface overlay so you get HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound.

HTC One mini: Cameras

The HTC One mini comes with the same 4Mp Ultrapixel rear-facing camera as does the HTC One. That's great news for those wanting to save cash by opting for the mini version. The front-facing camera offers lower quality snaps at 1.6 megapixels and only 720p video instead of Full HD. It's not a bad downgrade though, as you're likely to use the front-facing camera principally for video calling.

The rear-facing snapper is a decent smartphone camera. The faster sensor means you can quickly capture shots - critical for a smartphone snapper. And there are good options: you can change exposure and contrast, tweak ISO levels and adjust sharpness. There's also an HDR mode, but you don't get the shot-selection modes offered by other high-end phones, however.

Pictures taken are good: occasionally noisy which we didn't expect from a camera with such a low pixel count, but good in low-light conditions. It's not a camera for serious photographers, but it will let you take multiple decent snaps in a timely fashion - even in a dingy bar. See also: Group test: what's the best smartphone?

HTC One mini: Connectivity

The HTC One mini supports 4G LTE mobile networks via the Micro-SIM slot. There's Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but no NFC.

HTC One mini: verdict

Given how much we already like the HTC One, the HTC One mini represents a pretty good deal. We award four stars. See also: Galaxy S4 mini vs HTC One mini comparison review.

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