As if you were ever in any doubt of its existence, HTC’s officially lifted the covers off the HTC One Mini 2, its leading pint-sized phone for 2014. But, as its name suggests, it’s not quite as feature-rich as this year’s One M8 flagship, with the company instead presenting it as a direct successor to last year’s One Mini.
With a 4.5-inch 720p screen (up from the One Mini’s 4.3-inch display, but smaller than the One M8’s 5-inch 1080p offering), the One Mini 2 is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, backed by 1GB of RAM. 16GB of storage space is built in (supporting microSD expansion), with NFC connectivity included and a 2,100mAh battery said to offer comparable power time to the One M8.
Despite looking much like the M8 (albeit with plastic edging rather than a full aluminium unibody), it’s likely the One Mini 2 will be characterised by what missing, rather than what’s present -- regardless of HTC’s conservative naming choice. The Ultrapixel Duo Camera is gone, replaced by a 13MP standard rear camera, the IR blaster is gone and the Motion Gesture system is gone too, which means no Dot View cases either.
Still, software features pertaining to those missing components aside, the Sense 6 UI is present, including the Blinkfeed news aggregator and Zoe motion image gallery.
Available in grey, silver and gold, there’s no pricing available yet, though HTC has said to expect to see the HTC One Mini 2 in stores sometime in June.