Thursday 14 December 2017

HTC launch smaller version of critically-acclaimed One

The HTC One mini
The HTC One mini

Adrian Weckler, Technology editor

Big phones aren’t for everyone. At least, that’s what HTC has acknowledged with the launch of its HTC One Mini, a smaller version of its critically acclaimed flagship HTC One smartphone.

It’s not that much smaller, though. The new handset has a 4.3-inch screen, moderately smaller than the 4.7-inch display of its bigger brother and a little larger than the screen of an iPhone 5.

There are some corners cut, too, in a bid to make the phone cheaper (“more affordable”) to a wider market. Chief among these is a diminution of the phone’s engine power. So instead of a beefy 1.7Ghz quad-core chip, there’s a modest 1.4Ghz dual-core processor on board.

The Mini has half the Ram memory of the larger model, too – just 1GB. There’s also a slight watering down of the phone’s premium build, too, with more plastic and less metal in the phone’s body and no NFC.

However, the handset keeps lots of the good bits of the flagship One device, including the excellent ‘ultrapixel’ camera which, although registering a meagre-sounding four megapixels, packs way more into each megapixel than rival devices.

The phone also comes with the 4G connectivity, the latest version of Android and its own overlay interface which, if you want, collates your various social media, photo and activity streams. It also has a relatively large battery. Finally, it has 16GB of onboard storage, a relatively generous amount for a mid-range smartphone.

The phone is set to be released in Europe in August and in Ireland in September. It will be available from free with contract on some Irish operators or around €400 sim-free.

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