HTC One Mini Strips NFC and Quad-Core Chip For Svelte 4.3" Size

By Kat Hannaford on at

It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the HTC One Mini is real. After all, we've been seeing it for months now, and wanting it to exist for even longer. But, unlike other manufacturers (HTC itself has been guilty of this in the past) who strip away most of the top-notch features for their smaller handsets, HTC made a conscious decision to retain as much of the grunt as possible, while keeping the price (and size) down.

That does however mean that instead of a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM, as seen in the full-sized 4.7-inch One, there's just a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM, which is disappointing news, but hey -- could've been worse? Internal storage is 16GB, and no, there's no microSD card slot.

However, I can't say I'm too bothered by the disappearing act of the NFC -- anyone out there grumbling over that omission?

On the hardware side, the display is a 4.3-inch Super LCD screen with 720p resolution (in comparison to the One's 1080p rez), and it measures up at 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm, with a 122g weight. I had a brief play with a sample, and can confirm you get much the same hardware aesthetics as the One, save for the addition of a piano gloss bezel -- either white or black, depending on which colour you plump for. I would've liked for the full look and feel of the One to be ported over, but understand HTC would've been looking at the bottom line where possible.

Unfortunately (and here's where, again, the size issues came into play) the 2,300mAh battery of the One has been swapped over to a 1800mAh, which is the same capacity HTC used for last year's One X. Funny how just a year on, we can desire so much more when it comes to batteries.

Otherwise, it's very much the same as you've come to expect from HTC following its flagship One -- dual front-facing speakers offer up the same BoomSound audio, and the very same Ultrapixel camera sensor is packed in, for shooting Zoe videos (the 4.2.2 update brought along some new themes and the ability to use the first 30 seconds of any song you wish, in case you missed the news).

While HTC didn't mention women or the younger users when referring to the One Mini, they did say that the colourful flip cases that will be available for this new model (see the gallery above for a view) will help draw in a new market for them, which they missed with the One. Given Sam struggles with the 4.7-inch size of the One just like I do, this isn't just one for the ladeez -- you hear me?

Availability and pricing hasn't been confirmed yet for both the black and silver models, but we'll update you when we hear more. In the meantime, cop a load of the "glamour red" edition of the HTC One, which is now available to buy, should you want to be a little more, erm, glamorous. Personally, I think it's one of the nicest paint-jobs I've seen in a long time.