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New HTC One Mini 2 keeps the One M8’s looks, but loses the Duo Camera

HTC has taken the wrapping off the One Mini 2, its follow-up to last year’s successful One Mini, and spin-off from the recently announced 2014 flagship Android phone, the One M8. We’ve been hearing about the device for several weeks, and while the phone’s look and spec matches most of the rumors, there’s still some surprises. Here’s what the M8’s little brother is all about.

The aluminum chassis remains a standout feature, but rather than entirely encasing the phone, it joins a plastic screen surround. HTC has increased the size of the screen from 4.3-inches on last year’s model to 4.5-inches, but has left the resolution at 720p. This has the consequence of making the phone slightly larger all round. It now measures 10.6mm thick, from 9.3mm last year, and weighs 137 grams. 

htc-one-m8-mini-2Android 4.4 KitKat is installed underneath the Sense 6 user interface, and HTC has added the BlinkFeed stream on the homescreen, plus the Zoe app for creating short highlight videos. Sadly, some of the cool features seen on the One M8, such as the Motion Launch gesture controls, aren’t included on the One Mini 2. 

There’s another difference too. HTC has decided against using the new Duo Camera on the One Mini 2, and hasn’t even bothered with an UltraPixel setup either. Instead, the One Mini 2 has a more traditional 13-megapixel lens on the rear, a feature which sees it trump competing devices like LG’s G2 Mini, on paper at least. Selfie fans won’t be disappointed though, and HTC has carried over the M8’s 5-megapixel front camera to the One Mini 2, complete with a timer and the Touch Up app, which helps you tweak your look after shooting a picture.

Inside the phone is a 1.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, matching just about every other mid-range smartphone announced recently, along with 16GB of storage space. The good news is HTC has added a MicroSD card slot to the One Mini 2, which is a welcome upgrade over the old One Mini. Other features include 4G LTE, NFC, a 2100mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.0. Finally, the small phone makes use of the One M8’s big BoomSound amplifier and dual front speaker system, so it should sound great.

The phone will be sold in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial White, and Amber Gold, but has so far only been confirmed for much of Europe and Asia, with the release beginning in June. We’re waiting to hear when, or even if, the One Mini 2 will come to America.

Check out our review of the HTC One M8 smartphone.

Continue to page 2 for a roundup of all the rumors prior to the HTC One Mini 2’s launch

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