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HTC One mini 2 gets official, and we have one

HTC delivered the brand new HTC One mini 2 to our office this morning, and at first glance there's two things you notice: it looks almost exactly like its larger sibling, the HTC One (M8), minus a few key details, and it has a really bad screen to body ratio. But when you hold it, the One mini 2 really comes into its own: it is perhaps the best feeling device I've held for a long time.

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Just like the HTC One (M8), only smaller: the One mini 2. / © AndroidPIT

This is because HTC has given the One mini 2 the same curved aluminum rear cover as the One (M8) but the edges – at least the half closest to the screen glass – is the same kind of tacky rubberized plastic found on the Nexus 5. This means the HTC One mini 2 has that ''premium'' metallic feel everyone loves from the M8, with the added advantage of sticky rubber edges to improve handling and graspability. It feels rock solid in the hand and is smaller than the gargantuan M8 to boot.

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There's key features from the One (M8) missing, but the One mini 2 is a nice upgrade from the One mini. / © HTC

So, how about the specs? It's no secret that HTC took the ''watered down mini'' angle with the original One mini, and there's not much different in the recipe for the One mini 2. Everything has been toned down from the flagship, and several of the major selling points of the full-sized device are missing, like the Duo Camera, Zoe Mode (but it's coming in June and you can still get some Zoe-like effects), Motion Launch gestures, Pan 360 photos and Fitbit support. You'll also get the usual shaved specs: less RAM, slower processor, lower resolution (than even the original One mini), no IR baster, no dual LED flash and so on.

System Android 4.4 KitKat
Display 4.5-inch LCD, 1,280 x 720 pixels, 326 ppi
Processor Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
Internal Memory 16 GB + microSD up to 128 GB
Battery 2,100 mAh
Camera 13 MP (rear), 5 MP (front)
Connectivity 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
Dimensions 137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm 
Weight 137 g
Price 449 Euro (RRP)

But HTC has made some improvements over the original One mini by including a microSD card slot, a better design with rubberized edges compared to the shiny polycarbonate on the first One mini, a slightly larger display and a significantly larger battery: from 1,700 mAh up to 2,100 mAh. You'll also lose the 4 MP UltraPixel camera found on the One (M8) and instead find a more traditional 13 MP that will make many photography buffs happier. The One mini 2 also adds NFC capabilities.

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All in all, the One mini 2 is a better mini than the first but is a major step down from the impressive setup found in the full-sized One (M8). At present, only Sony take the same specs as the flagship device and cram them into the Compact offering, a move which we thought would be massively popular. But the high price this engenders seem to have a negative impact on sales. It would appear that those wanting premium specs tend to be happy with a large screened device. It'll be interesting to see just how well the One mini 2 performs against the other crop of mini versions of this year's flagships.

Check out all the images of the new device in our HTC One mini 2 gallery:

What are your thoughts on the HTC One mini 2? Which mini do you think will be best this year?

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