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Hands on: HTC One Mini

The HTC One was heralded as one of the best phones of the year when it released in February. Since then competition at the top end of the smartphone market has begun to heat up, with the addition of the LG G2 and the Sony Xperia Z1. However, nothing exciting has taken place in the mid range smartphone market.

That has changed with the introduction of the HTC One Mini which now joins the Galaxy S4 Mini as more mainstream offerings. We have managed to get a hold of HTC’s mini metal marvel and we’re looking forward to seeing whether HTC has managed to produce another great Android smartphone.

It has a 4.3 inch, 720p display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired to 1GB of RAM. Storage comes in the form of 16GB of nonexpendable storage while wireless communications are taken care of by LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi radios. The camera is the same 4MP Ultrapixel unit that you would find in the flagship HTC One.

As the name suggests, the HTC One Mini is a scaled down version of the full sized HTC One. They share a common design ethos, with a polycarbonate frame full of aluminium goodness extending to the rear of the phone, which gives the One Mini a superb quality feel.

The interface has remained unchanged from the One and it means that the default home screen will be set up as HTC’s BlinkFeed, a news a social media aggregation app. The entire interface feels as responsive as the bigger phone from the little time we have had with it so far.

True to its name the One Mini is indeed a miniature HTC One and we’re excited to see if it can live up to the reputation of its full sized predecessor.

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