HTC shrinks the One, launches the HTC One Mini

htc one miniIt has been rumoured for a while, and now it’s official – HTC has launched the HTC One Mini, a smaller version of its HTC One flagship Android phone. Although the spec sheet doesn’t quite match up to the top-of-the-range phone, its design is very similar, right down to the use of aluminium in its construction.

As you’d expect from a smaller device, the HTC One Mini’s screen isn’t quite as large as the 4.7-inch One display, but it’s still a respectable 4.3-inches with a 720p resolution. If you’re thinking that’s too small, then remember it wasn’t that long ago the Galaxy S2 was considered big, and that has a 4.2-inch, 480 x 800 pixel screen.

The power is supplied by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400, dual-core processor, which is a step down from the quad-core chip in the full-size One, and is assisted by 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. The One Mini retains the excellent UltraPixel camera, plus it has the HTC Zoe software to help bring your photo gallery to life.

Android 4.2.2 is installed along with HTC Sense 5.0 and the BlinkFeed optimisation, where up-to-date social and news feeds are presented on the home screen. There’s also the BoomSound stereo speakers, Beats Audio, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, a 1.6 megapixel video call camera, and of course, that gorgeous aluminium body shell. The only difference is the One Mini has a plastic bezel surrounding the screen.

The HTC One Mini is set to go on sale in the UK in August, when it’s expected to cost around £385 without a contract, but all major networks should be carrying it, including EE, where it’ll be another 4G compatible phone. Exact release dates should follow soon.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars