HTC One mini review

Together with the annual update cycle of flagship smartphones, sooner or later, a situation was bound to come when manufacturers would finally decide to exploit top-end smartphones more actively, creating simpler and cheaper versions. The South Korean company Samsung came up with this with the Galaxy S III, when its mini version was made. As for HTC, they also decided to use the idea of ​​​​creating a smartphone cheaper than the flagship, but with a similar design and name, but a little later, with HTC One. The idea of ​​mini-versions of flagship smartphones lies on the surface and is understandable to almost everyone - the company produces a top-end device for a lot of money, which is not available to all users precisely because of the high cost and sometimes excessive functionality, because not everyone needs a smartphone with the most up-to-date characteristics . At the same time, a simplified version of this device is made - with a similar design, a similar name, or better, the same name and prefix. Such a smartphone is simpler and cheaper, which makes it attractive in the eyes of many buyers. “Wow, almost like a flagship, but cheaper,” they think. The brightest representatives of such devices from the current ones are Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini. A review of the Samsung novelty has already been published on the website, and today we will talk about the mini version of the flagship from HTC.

Design

HTC One mini is based on the design of the older model, the flagship HTC One. This is an aluminum case in silver or black with glossy elements. The smartphone looks expensive and high quality. The use of metal alone makes it stand out from the background of most android devices, the same type and boring. There are hardly any people who do not like HTC One mini because of its appearance. Yes, the design of this smartphone will simply leave someone indifferent, but most like it at first sight. The design is, without exaggeration, one of the strongest points of HTC One mini, and here we can say right away, without jumping to the conclusion: if you are looking for an Android smartphone with an outstanding, interesting and attractive appearance, HTC One mini is a must-see.

Body materials

The main body material is aluminum. However, unlike HTC One, this material is used in the mini version in a slightly smaller volume - the front panels above and below the display in One mini are made of metal-like plastic. Along the perimeter there is an insert made of glossy plastic, in the silver version the plastic is white, in the black it is dark gray. I like this solution and the combination of aluminum and plastic, but it seems superfluous to some and makes the smartphone feel artificially cheaper compared to the flagship. I didn’t notice anything like that, because in the original HTC One there is a plastic fill around the perimeter, just in that case it is matte, but here it is glossy.

The screen and a pair of touch keys under it are protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display almost does not get dirty, the case itself, especially its back, also remain in a more or less presentable form, my copy of HTC One mini in silver color did not look good after a month of operation worse. However, keep in mind that small scratches may appear on aluminum.

Assembly

Like the older model, HTC One mini has no removable parts except for a small microSIM tray. The assembly is excellent, nothing wobbles, no backlash, no squeaks.

Dimensions

In addition to design, HTC One mini has another trump card - good dimensions. Moreover, we are talking about balanced dimensions, and not about the fact that the smartphone is ultra-compact. In the pictures, if you compare HTC One and HTC One mini, they seem almost the same, in reality the difference is very big - if HTC One just fits normally in your hand, then One mini fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, and it's a pleasure to hold it.

This effect of a comfortable grip is achieved mainly due to the small body width compared to HTC One - 63.2 mm versus 68.2 mm, half a centimeter of the difference turns out to be a serious advantage.

Let's compare the dimensions of HTC One mini and several other smartphones (smartphones are sorted by the smallest width, from bottom to top):

  • Apple iPhone 5C - 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm, 132 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, 107 grams
  • HTC One mini - 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm, 122 grams
  • Meizu MX2 - 124.9 x 64.9 x 10.2 mm, 142 grams
  • HTC One - 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm, 143 grams

As you can see, the HTC One mini is roughly comparable in size to the Samsung Galaxy X4 mini, although the latter, admittedly, is smaller and lighter with the same screen size. In any case, both the first and second smartphones are more convenient than their older counterparts when it comes to ease of use with one hand.

Comparison with LG G2

Comparison with Meizu MX2

Comparison with HTC One

Controls

The control keys on HTC One mini are the same as on the older model. Below the screen are two touch buttons, to the left and right of the HTC logo. Back button on the left and Home button on the right. Holding down the Home key for a couple of seconds launches the Google Now app, pressing it twice quickly launches the recently opened apps utility in the form of a matrix of thumbnails.

Both buttons are comfortable, vibrate when touched, and have a backlight that turns on automatically when there is a lack of light around.

The power key is located on the left, on the top end, it is more convenient to press than on the larger HTC One, but still, in my opinion, it would be better to place it on the edge of the device. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also located on this end.

The volume key is located on the right edge, consists of two separate buttons, slightly raised above the body, it is convenient to press it. On the top left edge there is a microSIM slot, to get access to it, you need to stick a needle or any other sharp and thin object at hand (or a complete "thing") into a small hole and https://cars45.co.ke/listing/toyota/duet press.

A microUSB connector and a microphone hole are located on the bottom end.

On the front side, in the upper part, there are conversational and ringing speakers, on the left - light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator inscribed in the speaker grille, on the right - a 1.6 MP eye of the front camera.

Screen

HTC One mini has a Super LCD2 display. The screen characteristics look like this: diagonal 4.3”, resolution 1280x720 pixels (HD), dot density – 342 ppi. The physical dimensions of the display are 94.5 x 53 mm.

Despite the use, judging by the declared characteristics, of the SuperLCD matrix of the previous generation (HTC One uses a third-generation screen, One mini uses a second), in terms of picture quality and other parameters, the One mini screen is comparable to the display of the company's flagship.

Maximum viewing angles, excellent margin of brightness, colors close to natural, moderate image contrast - all this is the screen of HTC One mini.

Automatic brightness adjustment works well. There are, of course, moments when the brightness is set to insufficient, but in general, the system almost always selects an acceptable level. In the screen settings, you can choose the font size for menus and programs.

Camera

One of the main advantages of HTC One mini compared to other mid-range smartphones, according to HTC, is a branded camera with UltraPixel technology, almost exactly the same as in the flagship HTC One. There is only one difference - in HTC One mini there is no optical stabilization, only software in the form of a separate shooting mode.

In bright sunlight, generally good photos are obtained with details, a small amount of noise. True, the images show an eternal problem typical of the camera in HTC smartphones - a barely traceable pinkish tint in the center and in the upper area of ​​​​the frame. In examples, it can be seen in the photo with clouds.

Shooting in cloudy and overcast conditions:

In cloudy weather, HTC One mini also shoots well, sometimes it takes more time to autofocus, but the shots themselves are of acceptable quality.

Shooting indoors:

Shot at night:

Shooting indoors with a lack of lighting and at night is one of the strengths of the camera. Yes, there is a lot of noise here, but the pictures themselves are clear and sharp, with details, almost always without “smudge”, even if you do not have tripod hands.

Macro:

HTC One mini has a dedicated macro mode. The smartphone focuses on objects from a distance of 8-9 cm.

HDR mode:

Front camera:

Zoom:

Video

The smartphone records video in maximum quality 1920x1080 pixels and 30 frames per second (variable recording speed). In video mode, tracking autofocus works, you can scale the picture without stopping recording. Video quality is good.

  • Format: MP4
  • Codec: H.264
  • Video bitrate: AVC, 20.0 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Recording speed: 30 frames per second
  • Audio bitrate: AAC, 192 Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48.0 kHz

Beats Audio. Like most other new HTC smartphones, the One mini has this software sound enhancement technology. In headphones, the device sounds great, to my rustic ear. Friends who listen to music on smartphones also note the excellent sound quality. However, it is better to listen to the smartphone before buying it yourself and not trust anyone.

BoomSound. Above and below the screen on the front side are two speakers of very high quality for a smartphone. Together they produce an even, deep and pleasant sound, as if you are listening not to a smartphone, but to some compact, but still separate and real speaker. There is a stereo effect and depth. The speakers sound especially great if you listen to instrumental music or tracks with pronounced vocals on your smartphone. Speakers are loud. Louder than HTC One, I feel.

In terms of the quality and volume of the sound of the HTC One mini speakers, it will give odds to any modern smartphone.

Music player. The audio player in HTC has good functionality and is beautifully designed in terms of interface. Music can be presented in the form of a library with albums, artists and genres, or you can choose a simpler view - folders. Using the Gracenote service, the player downloads album art and artist photos for the library.

When the player is on, it appears in the notification bar with control buttons. If you select a lock screen with a player widget, you can not only flip through tracks and pause music without unlocking your smartphone, but also select one of several albums to play.

Offline work

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh versus 2300 mAh in the "big" HTC One. In tests for battery life, the mini version of the flagship is also weaker - 6 hours of video playback versus 8 hours for HTC One.

However, under normal conditions of daily use, my HTC One mini sample lasted the same amount on average as the HTC One, until the evening of the first day after charging. The load is usually the following: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail and WhatsApp, 2-4 hours of listening to music and about 1-2 hours of active use of the mobile Internet (photos on Instagram, reading the feed on Twitter, Facebook, browser) .

The smartphone has a power-saving mode, enabling which, you can significantly save battery power. This mode lowers the brightness of the screen, turns off data transmission when the display goes blank, and turns off vibration.

The smartphone plays videos in the resolution of 1920x1080 and close ones with average quality without any problems. Problems may arise with a standard player that "understands" far from all formats, but this is solved by installing Dice Player or MX Player.

When playing for a long time on HTC One mini (10 minutes or more), the smartphone, like its older brother, noticeably heats up. At the same time, in the mode of constant heavy load, using the Stability Test program, the heating averages only 35-37 degrees after 10 minutes of testing. For comparison, the HTC One is 47-48 degrees.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA (850/900/1900/2100) and LTE (800/1800/2600) networks, the LTE network is also supported in the version of the smartphone for Russia . You can turn interfaces on and off through the settings or by adding one of several widgets to the home screen, as well as using the notification shade.

USB. For synchronization with a PC and data transfer, the included microUSB cable is used. USB 2.0 interface. In the connection settings, you can select the Internet modem mode (access to the Internet via a smartphone) or end-to-end Internet connection. There are no more Disk Drive, HTC Sync and other modes, when connected to a PC, the smartphone is defined as a portable device, and you can work with its memory either through Explorer or any other system file manager, or using the HTC Sync program.

DLNA. The smartphone supports DLNA technology, so if you have a DLNA-compatible media server and other devices at home, you can use Butterfly with them. For example, output sound or video from the device directly to the TV.

HTC BlinkFeed

I talked about the features of HTC BlinkFeed in detail in the HTC One review, nothing has changed here since that moment, and the service still looks very strange and controversial. Therefore, if you are interested in reading about it, check out the material on HTC One.

HTC Sense 5

The smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2, the Sense 5 shell is used. I have already told about all the features of the shell in the HTC One review, I will not repeat it.

HTC's proprietary skin is still an interesting option and alternative to the stock Android OS interface, despite the mixed "improvements" to Sense over the past couple of years. A comfortable keyboard, a cool dialer, an excellent music player and many other features - this cannot be taken away from Sense.

In terms of convenience and simplicity of the interface, HTC smartphones, including One mini, thanks to the Sense shell, are still one step above most devices from other companies. Many of the manufacturers today are striving to make their shell as different as possible from Android and as functional as possible, flexibly customizable, which makes it difficult for ordinary users to understand it. As an example, we can cite an excellent and very flexible shell in Huawei smartphones, the number of settings and options in it is simply huge, and this can be scary. Another situation with Samsung's TouchWiz is that the shell is interesting, with many good ideas, but, firstly, it is still too "motley", it lacks a common style, everything is too diverse and different from each other. Secondly, Samsung pre-installs a lot of software in smartphones. Yes, it's great, of course, but it's also scary at the same time. Not every user will appreciate a couple of dozen additional programs in the application menu of a newly purchased, brand new smartphone. HTC Sense has a certain balance, only the most necessary additional software is installed (although the explorer will not hurt), and there is a common recognizable graphic style that is strictly observed in all interface elements related to Sense.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The main competitor for HTC One mini is a smartphone from this category from Samsung - Galaxy S4 mini. However, the only thing similar in these models is that both are simplified versions of the flagships - then the differences begin.

The main advantages of Samsung Galaxy S4 mini over HTC One mini are more compact dimensions and lighter weight, support for memory cards, high-resolution camera and price. On average, S4 mini is cheaper than One mini by 5,000 rubles, and this, you see, is a serious difference.

The HTC One mini has a higher resolution screen, and the matrix itself is more versatile here, with calm colors and a normal image contrast level, an interesting design and the use of aluminum, while the S4 mini is an example of Samsung's modern take on design or its absence - glossy plastic and nothing else. Even HTC One mini has better speakers, they sound louder and more voluminous. As for the sound quality in headphones, then, I repeat, it is better to listen to smartphones on your own.

Oddly enough, choosing one of these two models is very simple. If you need a compact and cheap smartphone with good parameters - definitely Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. If you need a smartphone with a cool screen and sound, with an interesting design - HTC One mini. At the same time, in both cases, you also need to understand what you are sacrificing when choosing one or another model: the S4 mini has a mediocre display (SuperAMOLED plus low resolution works wonders!), there is no design, you can’t increase the amount of memory in HTC One mini, and initially it is very little, the device is expensive, but it is by no means fast. Something like this.

Conclusion

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HTC One mini review

Together with the annual update cycle of flagship smartphones, sooner or later, a situation was bound to come when manufacturers would finally decide to exploit top-end smartphones more actively, creating simpler and cheaper versions. The South Korean company Samsung came up with this with the Galaxy S III, when its mini version was made. As for HTC, they also decided to use the idea of ​​​​creating a smartphone cheaper than the flagship, but with a similar design and name, but a little later, with HTC One. The idea of ​​mini-versions of flagship smartphones lies on the surface and is understandable to almost everyone - the company produces a top-end device for a lot of money, which is not available to all users precisely because of the high cost and sometimes excessive functionality, because not everyone needs a smartphone with the most up-to-date characteristics .At the same time, a simplified version of this device is made - with a similar design, a similar name, or better, the same name and prefix. Such a smartphone is simpler and cheaper, which makes it attractive in the eyes of many buyers. “Wow, almost like a flagship, but cheaper,” they think. The brightest representatives of such devices from the current ones are Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini. A review of the Samsung novelty has already been published on the website, and today we will talk about the mini version of the flagship from HTC.

Design

HTC One mini is based on the design of the older model, the flagship HTC One. This is an aluminum case in silver or black with glossy elements. The smartphone looks expensive and high quality. The use of metal alone makes it stand out from the background of most android devices, the same type and boring. There are hardly any people who do not like HTC One mini because of its appearance. Yes, the design of this smartphone will simply leave someone indifferent, but most like it at first sight. The design is, without exaggeration, one of the strongest points of HTC One mini, and here we can say right away, without jumping to the conclusion: if you are looking for an Android smartphone with an outstanding, interesting and attractive appearance, HTC One mini is a must-see.

Body materials

The main body material is aluminum. However, unlike HTC One, this material is used in the mini version in a slightly smaller volume - the front panels above and below the display in One mini are made of metal-like plastic. Along the perimeter there is an insert made of glossy plastic, in the silver version the plastic is white, in the black it is dark gray. I like this solution and the combination of aluminum and plastic, but it seems superfluous to some and makes the smartphone feel artificially cheaper compared to the flagship. I didn’t notice anything like that, because in the original HTC One there is a plastic fill around the perimeter, just in that case it is matte, but here it is glossy.

This effect of a comfortable grip is achieved mainly due to the small body width compared to HTC One - 63.2 mm versus 68.2 mm, half a centimeter of the difference turns out to be a serious advantage.

Let's compare the dimensions of HTC One mini and several other smartphones (smartphones are sorted by the smallest width, from bottom to top):

  • Apple iPhone 5C - 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm, 132 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, 107 grams
  • HTC One mini - 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm, 122 grams
  • Meizu MX2 - 124.9 x 64.9 x 10.2 mm, 142 grams
  • HTC One - 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm, 143 grams

As you can see, the HTC One mini is roughly comparable in size to the Samsung Galaxy X4 mini, although the latter, admittedly, is smaller and lighter with the same screen size. In any case, both the first and second smartphones are more convenient than their older counterparts when it comes to ease of use with one hand.

Comparison with LG G2

Comparison with Meizu MX2

Comparison with HTC One

Controls

The control keys on HTC One mini are the same as on the older model. Below the screen are two touch buttons, to the left and right of the HTC logo. Back button on the left and Home button on the right. Holding down the Home key for a couple of seconds launches the Google Now app, pressing it twice quickly launches the recently opened apps utility in the form of a matrix of thumbnails.

Both buttons are comfortable, vibrate when touched, and have a backlight that turns on automatically when there is a lack of light around.

The power key is located on the left, on the top end, it is more convenient to press than on the larger HTC One, but still, in my opinion, it would be better to place it on the edge of the device. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also located on this end.

The volume key is located on the right edge, consists of two separate buttons, slightly raised above the body, it is convenient to press it. On the top left edge there is a microSIM slot, to get access to it, you need to stick a needle or any other sharp and thin object at hand (or a complete "thing") into a small hole and https://cars45.co.ke/listing/toyota/duet press.

A microUSB connector and a microphone hole are located on the bottom end.

On the front side, in the upper part, there are conversational and ringing speakers, on the left - light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator inscribed in the speaker grille, on the right - a 1.6 MP eye of the front camera.

Screen

HTC One mini has a Super LCD2 display. The screen characteristics look like this: diagonal 4.3”, resolution 1280x720 pixels (HD), dot density – 342 ppi. The physical dimensions of the display are 94.5 x 53 mm.

Despite the use, judging by the declared characteristics, of the SuperLCD matrix of the previous generation (HTC One uses a third-generation screen, One mini uses a second), in terms of picture quality and other parameters, the One mini screen is comparable to the display of the company's flagship.

Maximum viewing angles, excellent margin of brightness, colors close to natural, moderate image contrast - all this is the screen of HTC One mini.

Automatic brightness adjustment works well. There are, of course, moments when the brightness is set to insufficient, but in general, the system almost always selects an acceptable level. In the screen settings, you can choose the font size for menus and programs.

Camera

One of the main advantages of HTC One mini compared to other mid-range smartphones, according to HTC, is a branded camera with UltraPixel technology, almost exactly the same as in the flagship HTC One. There is only one difference - in HTC One mini there is no optical stabilization, only software in the form of a separate shooting mode.

However, reality differs from advertising brochures, and in practice this technology is far from ideal, and 4 megapixels - they, as they say, will remain 4 megapixels in Africa. On HTC One and One mini, you can achieve good photo quality, but, on the other hand, if you use the Instagram service or are just used to cropping photos sometimes, you can forget about it here. The reason is the initially low resolution of the images.

We wrote in detail about the features of the 4 MP camera module and UltraPixel technology in the HTC One review, so here I will just show you examples of pictures from the HTC One mini camera in different conditions and briefly comment on them.

Shooting on a sunny day:

In bright sunlight, generally good photos are obtained with details, a small amount of noise. True, the images show an eternal problem typical of the camera in HTC smartphones - a barely traceable pinkish tint in the center and in the upper area of ​​​​the frame. In examples, it can be seen in the photo with clouds.

Shooting in cloudy and overcast conditions:

In cloudy weather, HTC One mini also shoots well, sometimes it takes more time to autofocus, but the shots themselves are of acceptable quality.

Shooting indoors:

Shot at night:

Front camera:

Zoom:

Video

The smartphone records video in maximum quality 1920x1080 pixels and 30 frames per second (variable recording speed). In video mode, tracking autofocus works, you can scale the picture without stopping recording. Video quality is good.

  • Format: MP4
  • Codec: H.264
  • Video bitrate: AVC, 20.0 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Recording speed: 30 frames per second
  • Audio bitrate: AAC, 192 Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48.0 kHz

Beats Audio. Like most other new HTC smartphones, the One mini has this software sound enhancement technology. In headphones, the device sounds great, to my rustic ear. Friends who listen to music on smartphones also note the excellent sound quality. However, it is better to listen to the smartphone before buying it yourself and not trust anyone.

When the player is on, it appears in the notification bar with control buttons. If you select a lock screen with a player widget, you can not only flip through tracks and pause music without unlocking your smartphone, but also select one of several albums to play.

Offline work

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh versus 2300 mAh in the "big" HTC One. In tests for battery life, the mini version of the flagship is also weaker - 6 hours of video playback versus 8 hours for HTC One.

However, under normal conditions of daily use, my HTC One mini sample lasted the same amount on average as the HTC One, until the evening of the first day after charging. The load is usually the following: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail and WhatsApp, 2-4 hours of listening to music and about 1-2 hours of active use of the mobile Internet (photos on Instagram, reading the feed on Twitter, Facebook, browser) .

The smartphone has a power-saving mode, enabling which, you can significantly save battery power. This mode lowers the brightness of the screen, turns off data transmission when the display goes blank, and turns off vibration.

Platform, memory

The smartphone is built on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 platform with a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, graphics subsystem (GPU) - Adreno 305. HTC One mini has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory for storing user data, of which about 11 GB. If this volume is not enough for you, alas, you can no longer look in the direction of HTC One mini, there are no versions with 32 and 64 GB of memory, there is also no slot for a microSD card in the smartphone.

Performance, tests

Here you need to stop in more detail. There are already a lot of HTC One mini reviews on the net with the results of various benchmarks, and they all show one thing - the smartphone has noticeably lower performance than the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and even S4 mini. However, the statement of the fact that in the tests the smartphone shows worse results, everything usually ends. By the way, here is the Antutu test data.

The problem with HTC One mini is not that the smartphone shows poor results in tests, there are many Android-based devices that also do not shine in synthetic tests, but at the same time they are comfortable to work with - the interface is responsive, there are no delays and lags and etc. The problem with the mini version of the HTC flagship is that the interface itself slows down here.As long as you have a few programs running, everything is fine, but when you use a browser with 5-10 tabs open, a player, mail, Facebook, Vkontakte, Instagram, WhatsApp services and do something else on your smartphone - this is where the use of a simple dual-core platforms. Switching from one application to another occurs with a delay of a couple of seconds, the screen may remain dark for some moments, the tables begin to scroll through with twitches. When you use your smartphone for a couple of days or even a week, these moments may go unnoticed, after all, HTC One mini does not “slow down at every turn”. But if you use your smartphone constantly and actively, this is your only and main device, you will probably begin to notice problems with the speed of work in some situations. This is the most serious shortcoming of HTC One mini - in my opinion, although I personally am ready to forgive his smartphone, but more on that in conclusion.

The smartphone plays videos in the resolution of 1920x1080 and close ones with average quality without any problems. Problems may arise with a standard player that "understands" far from all formats, but this is solved by installing Dice Player or MX Player.

When playing for a long time on HTC One mini (10 minutes or more), the smartphone, like its older brother, noticeably heats up. At the same time, in the mode of constant heavy load, using the Stability Test program, the heating averages only 35-37 degrees after 10 minutes of testing. For comparison, HTC One is 47-48 degrees.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA (850/900/1900/2100) and LTE (800/1800/2600) networks, the LTE network is also supported in the version of the smartphone for Russia . You can turn interfaces on and off through the settings or by adding one of several widgets to the home screen, as well as using the notification shade.

USB. For synchronization with a PC and data transfer, the included microUSB cable is used. USB 2.0 interface. In the connection settings, you can select the Internet modem mode (access to the Internet via a smartphone) or end-to-end Internet connection. There are no more Disk Drive, HTC Sync and other modes, when connected to a PC, the smartphone is defined as a portable device, and you can work with its memory either through Explorer or any other system file manager, or using the HTC Sync program.

The microUSB connector on HTC One mini supports USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) - you can connect flash drives and other storage devices, such as a camera, to your smartphone via an adapter to transfer pictures from it to the device's memory. The system in HTC One mini allows you to read and copy information from flash drives formatted in FAT / FAT32 / NTFS file systems (I did not check other file systems).

Bluetooth. Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and aptX support.

Wi-Fi (802.11а/ac/b/g/n). HTC One mini uses a dual-band Wi-Fi module. You can leave it to work in automatic mode, or you can manually specify the operating frequency band for Wi-Fi - only 5 GHz or only 2.4 GHz. The Wi-Fi module works flawlessly. In advanced settings, you can set the maximum performance mode, as well as enable or disable automatic connection to the last saved active network. During the operation of the module, the device does not heat up.

Wi-Fi router. HTC One mini has the ability to "share" 2G/3G/4G Internet connection via Wi-Fi. In the menu of wireless interfaces, the option "Mobile Internet Sharing" and then "Wi-Fi router" is selected. Here, at the first start, you need to select the network name, password, and connection type (WEP, WPA, WPA2). You can also set the maximum number of connections to your smartphone (1-8) or separately prohibit or allow each new connection. When the utility is enabled, you can connect to the Internet distributed via Wi-Fi by a smartphone from any device, be it a laptop, another smartphone or tablet, and so on.

DLNA. The smartphone supports DLNA technology, so if you have a DLNA-compatible media server and other devices at home, you can use Butterfly with them. For example, output sound or video from the device directly to the TV.

HTC BlinkFeed

I talked about the features of HTC BlinkFeed in detail in the HTC One review, nothing has changed here since that moment, and the service still looks very strange and controversial. Therefore, if you are interested in reading about it, check out the material on HTC One.

HTC Sense 5

The smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2, the Sense 5 shell is used. I have already told about all the features of the shell in the HTC One review, I will not repeat it.

HTC's proprietary skin is still an interesting option and alternative to the stock Android OS interface, despite the mixed "improvements" to Sense over the past couple of years. A comfortable keyboard, a cool dialer, an excellent music player and many other features - this cannot be taken away from Sense.

In terms of convenience and simplicity of the interface, HTC smartphones, including One mini, thanks to the Sense shell, are still one step above most devices from other companies. Many of the manufacturers today are striving to make their shell as different as possible from Android and as functional as possible, flexibly customizable, which makes it difficult for ordinary users to understand it. As an example, we can cite an excellent and very flexible shell in Huawei smartphones, the number of settings and options in it is simply huge, and this can be scary. Another situation with Samsung's TouchWiz is that the shell is interesting, with many good ideas, but, firstly, it is still too "motley", it lacks a common style, everything is too diverse and different from each other. Secondly, Samsung pre-installs a lot of software in smartphones. Yes, it's great, of course, but it's also scary at the same time. Not every user will appreciate a couple of dozen additional programs in the application menu of a newly purchased, brand new smartphone. HTC Sense has a certain balance, only the most necessary additional software is installed (although the explorer will not hurt), and there is a common recognizable graphic style that is strictly observed in all interface elements related to Sense.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The main competitor for HTC One mini is a smartphone from this category from Samsung - Galaxy S4 mini. However, the only thing similar in these models is that both are simplified versions of the flagships - then the differences begin.

The main advantages of Samsung Galaxy S4 mini over HTC One mini are more compact dimensions and lighter weight, support for memory cards, high-resolution camera and price. On average, S4 mini is cheaper than One mini by 5,000 rubles, and this, you see, is a serious difference.

The HTC One mini has a higher resolution screen, and the matrix itself is more versatile here, with calm colors and a normal image contrast level, an interesting design and the use of aluminum, while the S4 mini is an example of Samsung's modern take on design or its absence - glossy plastic and nothing else. Even HTC One mini has better speakers, they sound louder and more voluminous. As for the sound quality in headphones, then, I repeat, it is better to listen to smartphones on your own.

Oddly enough, choosing one of these two models is very simple. If you need a compact and cheap smartphone with good parameters - definitely Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. If you need a smartphone with a cool screen and sound, with an interesting design - HTC One mini. At the same time, in both cases, you also need to understand what you are sacrificing when choosing one or another model: the S4 mini has a mediocre display (SuperAMOLED plus low resolution works wonders!), there is no design, you can’t increase the amount of memory in HTC One mini, and initially it is very little, the device is expensive, but it is by no means fast. Something like this.

Conclusion

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HTC One mini review

Together with the annual update cycle of flagship smartphones, sooner or later, a situation was bound to come when manufacturers would finally decide to exploit top-end smartphones more actively, creating simpler and cheaper versions. The South Korean company Samsung came up with this with the Galaxy S III, when its mini version was made. As for HTC, they also decided to use the idea of ​​​​creating a smartphone cheaper than the flagship, but with a similar design and name, but a little later, with HTC One. The idea of ​​mini-versions of flagship smartphones lies on the surface and is understandable to almost everyone - the company produces a top-end device for a lot of money, which is not available to all users precisely because of the high cost and sometimes excessive functionality, because not everyone needs a smartphone with the most up-to-date characteristics .At the same time, a simplified version of this device is made - with a similar design, a similar name, or better, the same name and prefix. Such a smartphone is simpler and cheaper, which makes it attractive in the eyes of many buyers. “Wow, almost like a flagship, but cheaper,” they think. The brightest representatives of such devices from the current ones are Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini. A review of the Samsung novelty has already been published on the site, and today we will talk about the mini version of the flagship from HTC.

The screen and a pair of touch keys under it are protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display almost does not get dirty, the case itself, especially its back, also remain in a more or less presentable form, my copy of HTC One mini in silver color did not look good after a month of operation worse. However, keep in mind that small scratches may appear on aluminum.

Assembly

Like the older model, HTC One mini has no removable parts except for a small microSIM tray. The assembly is excellent, nothing wobbles, no backlash, no squeaks.

Dimensions

In addition to design, HTC One mini has another trump card - good dimensions. Moreover, we are talking about balanced dimensions, and not about the fact that the smartphone is ultra-compact. In the pictures, if you compare HTC One and HTC One mini, they seem almost the same, in reality the difference is very big - if HTC One just fits normally in your hand, then One mini fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, and it's a pleasure to hold it.

Comparison with LG G2

Comparison with Meizu MX2

Comparison with HTC One

Controls

The control keys on HTC One mini are the same as on the older model. Below the screen are two touch buttons, to the left and right of the HTC logo. Back button on the left and Home button on the right. Holding down the Home key for a couple of seconds launches the Google Now app, pressing it twice quickly launches the recently opened apps utility in the form of a matrix of thumbnails.

Both buttons are comfortable, vibrate when touched, and have a backlight that turns on automatically when there is a lack of light around.

The power key is located on the left, on the top end, it is more convenient to press than on the larger HTC One, but still, in my opinion, it would be better to place it on the edge of the device. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also located on this end.

Despite the use, judging by the declared characteristics, of the SuperLCD matrix of the previous generation (HTC One uses a third-generation screen, One mini uses a second), in terms of picture quality and other parameters, the One mini screen is comparable to the display of the company's flagship.

Maximum viewing angles, excellent margin of brightness, colors close to natural, moderate image contrast - all this is the screen of HTC One mini.

Automatic brightness adjustment works well. There are, of course, moments when the brightness is set to insufficient, but in general, the system almost always selects an acceptable level. In the screen settings, you can choose the font size for menus and programs.

Camera

One of the main advantages of HTC One mini compared to other mid-range smartphones, according to HTC, is a branded camera with UltraPixel technology, almost exactly the same as in the flagship HTC One. There is only one difference - in HTC One mini there is no optical stabilization, only software in the form of a separate shooting mode.

However, reality differs from advertising brochures, and in practice this technology is far from ideal, and 4 megapixels - they, as they say, will remain 4 megapixels in Africa. On HTC One and One mini, you can achieve good photo quality, but, on the other hand, if you use the Instagram service or are just used to cropping photos sometimes, you can forget about it here. The reason is the initially low resolution of the images.

We wrote in detail about the features of the 4 MP camera module and UltraPixel technology in the HTC One review, so here I will just show you examples of pictures from the HTC One mini camera in different conditions and briefly comment on them.

Shooting on a sunny day:

In bright sunlight, generally good photos are obtained with details, a small amount of noise. True, the images show an eternal problem typical of the camera in HTC smartphones - a barely traceable pinkish tint in the center and in the upper area of ​​​​the frame. In examples, it can be seen in the photo with clouds.

Shooting in cloudy and overcast conditions:

In cloudy weather, HTC One mini also shoots well, sometimes it takes more time to autofocus, but the shots themselves are of acceptable quality.

Shooting indoors:

Shot at night:

Shooting indoors with a lack of lighting and at night is one of the strengths of the camera. Yes, there is a lot of noise here, but the pictures themselves are clear and sharp, with details, almost always without “smudge”, even if you do not have tripod hands.

Macro:

HTC One mini has a dedicated macro mode. The smartphone focuses on objects from a distance of 8-9 cm.

HDR mode:

Front camera:

Zoom:

Video

The smartphone records video in maximum quality 1920x1080 pixels and 30 frames per second (variable recording speed). In video mode, tracking autofocus works, you can scale the picture without stopping recording. Video quality is good.

  • Format: MP4
  • Codec: H.264
  • Video bitrate: AVC, 20.0 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Recording speed: 30 frames per second
  • Audio bitrate: AAC, 192 Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48.0 kHz

Beats Audio. Like most other new HTC smartphones, the One mini has this software sound enhancement technology. In headphones, the device sounds great, to my rustic ear. Friends who listen to music on smartphones also note the excellent sound quality. However, it is better to listen to the smartphone before buying it yourself and not trust anyone.

When the player is on, it appears in the notification bar with control buttons. If you select a lock screen with a player widget, you can not only flip through tracks and pause music without unlocking your smartphone, but also select one of several albums to play.

Offline work

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh versus 2300 mAh in the "big" HTC One. In tests for battery life, the mini version of the flagship is also weaker - 6 hours of video playback versus 8 hours for HTC One.

However, under normal conditions of daily use, my HTC One mini sample lasted the same amount on average as the HTC One, until the evening of the first day after charging. The load is usually the following: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail and WhatsApp, 2-4 hours of listening to music and about 1-2 hours of active use of the mobile Internet (photos on Instagram, reading the feed on Twitter, Facebook, browser) .

The smartphone has a power-saving mode, enabling which, you can significantly save battery power. This mode lowers the brightness of the screen, turns off data transmission when the display goes blank, and turns off vibration.

Platform, memory

The smartphone is built on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 platform with a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, graphics subsystem (GPU) - Adreno 305. HTC One mini has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory for storing user data, of which about 11 GB. If this volume is not enough for you, alas, you can no longer look in the direction of HTC One mini, there are no versions with 32 and 64 GB of memory, there is also no slot for a microSD card in the smartphone.

Performance, tests

Here you need to stop in more detail. There are already a lot of HTC One mini reviews on the net with the results of various benchmarks, and they all show one thing - the smartphone has noticeably lower performance than the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and even S4 mini. However, the statement of the fact that in the tests the smartphone shows worse results, everything usually ends. By the way, here is the Antutu test data.

The problem with HTC One mini is not that the smartphone shows poor results in tests, there are many Android-based devices that also do not shine in synthetic tests, but at the same time they are comfortable to work with - the interface is responsive, there are no delays and lags and etc. The problem with the mini version of the HTC flagship is that the interface itself slows down here.As long as you have a few programs running, everything is fine, but when you use a browser with 5-10 tabs open, a player, mail, Facebook, Vkontakte, Instagram, WhatsApp services and do something else on your smartphone - this is where the use of a simple dual-core platforms. Switching from one application to another occurs with a delay of a couple of seconds, the screen may remain dark for some moments, the tables begin to scroll through with twitches. When you use your smartphone for a couple of days or even a week, these moments may go unnoticed, after all, HTC One mini does not “slow down at every turn”. But if you use your smartphone constantly and actively, this is your only and main device, you will probably begin to notice problems with the speed of work in some situations. This is the most serious shortcoming of HTC One mini - in my opinion, although I personally am ready to forgive his smartphone, but more on that in conclusion.

The smartphone plays videos in the resolution of 1920x1080 and close ones with average quality without any problems. Problems may arise with a standard player that "understands" far from all formats, but this is solved by installing Dice Player or MX Player.

When playing for a long time on HTC One mini (10 minutes or more), the smartphone, like its older brother, noticeably heats up. At the same time, in the mode of constant heavy load, using the Stability Test program, the heating averages only 35-37 degrees after 10 minutes of testing. For comparison, the HTC One is 47-48 degrees.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA (850/900/1900/2100) and LTE (800/1800/2600) networks, the LTE network is also supported in the version of the smartphone for Russia . You can turn interfaces on and off through the settings or by adding one of several widgets to the home screen, as well as using the notification shade.

USB. For synchronization with a PC and data transfer, the included microUSB cable is used. USB 2.0 interface. In the connection settings, you can select the Internet modem mode (access to the Internet via a smartphone) or end-to-end Internet connection. There are no more Disk Drive, HTC Sync and other modes, when connected to a PC, the smartphone is defined as a portable device, and you can work with its memory either through Explorer or any other system file manager, or using the HTC Sync program.

In terms of convenience and simplicity of the interface, HTC smartphones, including One mini, thanks to the Sense shell, are still one step above most devices from other companies. Many of the manufacturers today are striving to make their shell as different as possible from Android and as functional as possible, flexibly customizable, which makes it difficult for ordinary users to understand it. As an example, we can cite an excellent and very flexible shell in Huawei smartphones, the number of settings and options in it is simply huge, and this can be scary. Another situation with Samsung's TouchWiz is that the shell is interesting, with many good ideas, but, firstly, it is still too "motley", it lacks a common style, everything is too diverse and different from each other. Secondly, Samsung pre-installs a lot of software in smartphones. Yes, it's great, of course, but it's also scary at the same time. Not every user will appreciate a couple of dozen additional programs in the application menu of a newly purchased, brand new smartphone. HTC Sense has a certain balance, only the most necessary additional software is installed (although the explorer will not hurt), and there is a common recognizable graphic style that is strictly observed in all interface elements related to Sense.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The main competitor for HTC One mini is a smartphone from this category from Samsung - Galaxy S4 mini. However, the only thing similar in these models is that both are simplified versions of the flagships - then the differences begin.

The main advantages of Samsung Galaxy S4 mini over HTC One mini are more compact dimensions and lighter weight, support for memory cards, high-resolution camera and price. On average, S4 mini is cheaper than One mini by 5,000 rubles, and this, you see, is a serious difference.

The HTC One mini has a higher resolution screen, and the matrix itself is more versatile here, with calm colors and a normal image contrast level, an interesting design and the use of aluminum, while the S4 mini is an example of Samsung's modern take on design or its absence - glossy plastic and nothing else. Even HTC One mini has better speakers, they sound louder and more voluminous. As for the sound quality in headphones, then, I repeat, it is better to listen to smartphones on your own.

Oddly enough, choosing one of these two models is very simple. If you need a compact and cheap smartphone with good parameters - definitely Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. If you need a smartphone with a cool screen and sound, with an interesting design - HTC One mini. At the same time, in both cases, you also need to understand what you are sacrificing when choosing one or another model: the S4 mini has a mediocre display (SuperAMOLED plus low resolution works wonders!), there is no design, you can’t increase the amount of memory in HTC One mini, and initially it is very little, the device is expensive, but it is by no means fast. Something like this.

Conclusion

On the quality of signal reception in HTC O

HTC One mini review

Together with the annual update cycle of flagship smartphones, sooner or later, a situation was bound to come when manufacturers would finally decide to exploit top-end smartphones more actively, creating simpler and cheaper versions. The South Korean company Samsung came up with this with the Galaxy S III, when its mini version was made. As for HTC, they also decided to use the idea of ​​​​creating a smartphone cheaper than the flagship, but with a similar design and name, but a little later, with HTC One. The idea of ​​mini-versions of flagship smartphones lies on the surface and is understandable to almost everyone - the company produces a top-end device for a lot of money, which is not available to all users precisely because of the high cost and sometimes excessive functionality, because not everyone needs a smartphone with the most up-to-date characteristics .At the same time, a simplified version of this device is made - with a similar design, a similar name, or better, the same name and prefix. Such a smartphone is simpler and cheaper, which makes it attractive in the eyes of many buyers. “Wow, almost like a flagship, but cheaper,” they think. The brightest representatives of such devices from the current ones are Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini. A review of the Samsung novelty has already been published on the website, and today we will talk about the mini version of the flagship from HTC.

Design

HTC One mini is based on the design of the older model, the flagship HTC One. This is an aluminum case in silver or black with glossy elements. The smartphone looks expensive and high quality. The use of metal alone makes it stand out from the background of most android devices, the same type and boring. There are hardly any people who do not like HTC One mini because of its appearance. Yes, the design of this smartphone will simply leave someone indifferent, but most like it at first sight. The design is, without exaggeration, one of the strongest points of HTC One mini, and here we can say right away, without jumping to the conclusion: if you are looking for an Android smartphone with an outstanding, interesting and attractive appearance, HTC One mini is a must-see.

Body materials

The main body material is aluminum. However, unlike HTC One, this material is used in the mini version in a slightly smaller volume - the front panels above and below the display in One mini are made of metal-like plastic. Along the perimeter there is an insert made of glossy plastic, in the silver version the plastic is white, in the black it is dark gray. I like this solution and the combination of aluminum and plastic, but it seems superfluous to some and makes the smartphone feel artificially cheaper compared to the flagship. I didn’t notice anything like that, because in the original HTC One there is a plastic fill around the perimeter, just in that case it is matte, but here it is glossy.

The screen and a pair of touch keys under it are protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The display almost does not get dirty, the case itself, especially its back, also remain in a more or less presentable form, my copy of HTC One mini in silver color did not look good after a month of operation worse. However, keep in mind that small scratches may appear on aluminum.

Assembly

Like the older model, HTC One mini has no removable parts, except for a small tray for a microSIM card. The assembly is excellent, nothing wobbles, no backlash, no squeaks.

Dimensions

In addition to design, HTC One mini has another trump card - good dimensions. Moreover, we are talking about balanced dimensions, and not about the fact that the smartphone is ultra-compact. In the pictures, if you compare HTC One and HTC One mini, they seem almost the same, in reality the difference is very big - if HTC One just fits normally in your hand, then One mini fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, and it's a pleasure to hold it.

This effect of a comfortable grip is achieved mainly due to the small body width compared to HTC One - 63.2 mm versus 68.2 mm, half a centimeter of the difference turns out to be a serious advantage.

Let's compare the dimensions of HTC One mini and several other smartphones (smartphones are sorted by the smallest width, from bottom to top):

  • Apple iPhone 5C - 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm, 132 grams
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini - 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, 107 grams
  • HTC One mini - 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm, 122 grams
  • Meizu MX2 - 124.9 x 64.9 x 10.2 mm, 142 grams
  • HTC One - 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3 mm, 143 grams

As you can see, the HTC One mini is roughly comparable in size to the Samsung Galaxy X4 mini, although the latter, admittedly, is smaller and lighter with the same screen size. In any case, both the first and second smartphones are more convenient than their older counterparts when it comes to ease of use with one hand.

Comparison with LG G2

Comparison with Meizu MX2

Comparison with HTC One

Controls

The control keys on HTC One mini are the same as on the older model. Below the screen are two touch buttons, to the left and right of the HTC logo. Back button on the left and Home button on the right. Holding down the Home key for a couple of seconds launches the Google Now app, pressing it twice quickly launches the recently opened apps utility in the form of a matrix of thumbnails.

Both buttons are comfortable, vibrate when touched, and have a backlight that turns on automatically when there is a lack of light around.

The power key is located on the left, on the top end, it is more convenient to press than on the larger HTC One, but still, in my opinion, it would be better to place it on the edge of the device. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also located on this end.

The volume key is located on the right edge, consists of two separate buttons, slightly raised above the body, it is convenient to press it. On the top left edge there is a microSIM slot, to get access to it, you need to stick a needle or any other sharp and thin object at hand (or a complete “thing”) into a small hole and https://cars45.co.ke/listing/toyota /duet press.

The volume key is located on the right edge, consists of two separate buttons, slightly raised above the body, it is convenient to press it. On the top left edge there is a slot for microSIM, to get access to it, you need to stick a needle or any other sharp and thin object at hand (or a complete "thing") into a small hole and https://cars45.co.ke/listing/toyota/duet https://cars45.co.ke/listing/toyota/duet press.

A microUSB connector and a microphone hole are located on the bottom end.

On the front side, in the upper part, there are conversational and ringing speakers, on the left - light and proximity sensors, as well as a light indicator inscribed in the speaker grille, on the right - a 1.6 MP eye of the front camera.

Screen

HTC One mini has a Super LCD2 display. The screen characteristics look like this: diagonal 4.3”, resolution 1280x720 pixels (HD), dot density – 342 ppi. The physical dimensions of the display are 94.5 x 53 mm.

Despite the use, judging by the declared characteristics, of the SuperLCD matrix of the previous generation (HTC One uses a third-generation screen, One mini uses a second), in terms of picture quality and other parameters, the One mini screen is comparable to the display of the company's flagship.

Maximum viewing angles, excellent margin of brightness, colors close to natural, moderate image contrast - all this is the screen of HTC One mini.

Automatic brightness adjustment works well. There are, of course, moments when the brightness is set to insufficient, but in general, the system almost always selects an acceptable level. In the screen settings, you can choose the font size for menus and programs.

Camera

One of the main advantages of HTC One mini compared to other mid-range smartphones, according to HTC, is a branded camera with UltraPixel technology, almost exactly the same as in the flagship HTC One. There is only one difference - in HTC One mini there is no optical stabilization, only software in the form of a separate shooting mode.

However, reality differs from advertising brochures, and in practice this technology is far from ideal, and 4 megapixels - they, as they say, will remain 4 megapixels in Africa. On HTC One and One mini, you can achieve good photo quality, but, on the other hand, if you use the Instagram service or are just used to cropping photos sometimes, you can forget about it here. The reason is the initially low resolution of the images.

We wrote in detail about the features of the 4 MP camera module and UltraPixel technology in the HTC One review, so here I will just show you examples of pictures from the HTC One mini camera in different conditions and briefly comment on them.

Shooting on a sunny day:

In bright sunlight, generally good photos are obtained with details, a small amount of noise. True, the images show an eternal problem typical of the camera in HTC smartphones - a barely traceable pinkish tint in the center and in the upper area of ​​​​the frame. In examples, it can be seen in the photo with clouds.

Shooting with cloudy and overcast weather:

In cloudy weather, HTC One mini also shoots well, sometimes it takes more time to autofocus, but the shots themselves are of acceptable quality.

Shooting indoors:

Shooting at night:

Shooting indoors with a lack of lighting and at night is one of the strengths of the camera. Yes, there is a lot of noise here, but the pictures themselves are clear and sharp, with details, almost always without “smudge”, even if you do not have tripod hands.

Macro:

HTC One mini has a dedicated macro mode. The smartphone focuses on objects from a distance of 8-9 cm.

HDR mode:

Front camera:

Zoom:

Video

The smartphone records video in maximum quality 1920x1080 pixels and 30 frames per second (variable recording speed). In video mode, tracking autofocus works, you can scale the picture without stopping recording. Video quality is good.

  • Format: MP4
  • Codec: H.264
  • Video bitrate: AVC, 20.0 Mbps
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Recording speed: 30 frames per second
  • Audio bitrate: AAC, 192 Kbps
  • Channels: 2 channels, 48.0 kHz

Beats Audio. Like most other new HTC smartphones, the One mini has this software sound enhancement technology. In headphones, the device sounds great, to my rustic ear. Friends who listen to music on smartphones also note the excellent sound quality. However, it is better to listen to the smartphone before buying it yourself and not trust anyone.

Boom Sound. Above and below the screen on the front side are two speakers of very high quality for a smartphone. Together they produce an even, deep and pleasant sound, as if you are listening not to a smartphone, but to some compact, but still separate and real speaker. There is a stereo effect and depth. The speakers sound especially great if you listen to instrumental music or tracks with pronounced vocals on your smartphone. Speakers are loud. Louder than HTC One, I feel.

In terms of the quality and volume of the sound of the HTC One mini speakers, it will give odds to any modern smartphone.

Music player. The audio player in HTC has good functionality and is beautifully designed in terms of interface. Music can be presented in the form of a library with albums, artists and genres, or you can choose a simpler view - folders. Using the Gracenote service, the player downloads album art and artist photos for the library.

When the player is on, it appears in the notification bar with control buttons. If you select a lock screen with a player widget, you can not only flip through tracks and pause music without unlocking your smartphone, but also select one of several albums to play.

Work offline

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 1800 mAh versus 2300 mAh in the "big" HTC One. In tests for battery life, the mini version of the flagship is also weaker - 6 hours of video playback versus 8 hours for HTC One.

However, under normal conditions of daily use, my HTC One mini sample lasted the same amount on average as the HTC One, until the evening of the first day after charging. The load is usually the following: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail and WhatsApp, 2-4 hours of listening to music and about 1-2 hours of active use of the mobile Internet (photos on Instagram, reading the feed on Twitter, Facebook, browser) .

The smartphone has a power-saving mode, enabling which, you can significantly save battery power. This mode lowers the brightness of the screen, turns off data transmission when the display goes blank, and turns off vibration.

Platform, memory

The smartphone is built on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 platform with a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, graphics subsystem (GPU) - Adreno 305. HTC One mini has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory for storing user data, of which about 11 GB. If this volume is not enough for you, alas, you can no longer look in the direction of HTC One mini, there are no versions with 32 and 64 GB of memory, there is also no slot for a microSD card in the smartphone.

Performance, tests

Here you need to stop in more detail. There are already a lot of HTC One mini reviews on the net with the results of various benchmarks, and they all show one thing - the smartphone has noticeably lower performance than the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 and even S4 mini. However, the statement of the fact that in the tests the smartphone shows worse results, everything usually ends. By the way, here is the Antutu test data.

The problem with HTC One mini is not that the smartphone shows poor results in tests, there are many Android-based devices that also do not shine in synthetic tests, but at the same time they are comfortable to work with - the interface is responsive, there are no delays and lags and etc. The problem with the mini version of the HTC flagship is that the interface itself slows down here. As long as you have a few programs running, everything is fine, but when you use a browser with 5-10 tabs open, a player, mail, Facebook, Vkontakte, Instagram, WhatsApp services and do something else on your smartphone - this is where the use of a simple dual-core platforms. Switching from one application to another occurs with a delay of a couple of seconds, the screen may remain dark for some moments, the tables begin to scroll through with twitches. When you use your smartphone for a couple of days or even a week, these moments may go unnoticed, after all, HTC One mini does not “slow down at every turn”. But if you use your smartphone constantly and actively, this is your only and main device, you will probably begin to notice problems with the speed of work in some situations. This is the most serious shortcoming of HTC One mini - in my opinion, although I personally am ready to forgive his smartphone, but more on that in conclusion.

The smartphone plays videos in the resolution of 1920x1080 and close ones with average quality without any problems. Problems may arise with a standard player that "understands" far from all formats, but this is solved by installing Dice Player or MX Player.

When playing for a long time on HTC One mini (10 minutes or more), the smartphone, like its older brother, noticeably heats up. At the same time, in the mode of constant heavy load, using the Stability Test program, the heating averages only 35-37 degrees after 10 minutes of testing. For comparison, HTC One is 47-48 degrees.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM (850/900/1800/1900), HSPA (850/900/1900/2100) and LTE (800/1800/2600) networks, the LTE network is also supported in the version of the smartphone for Russia . You can turn interfaces on and off through the settings or by adding one of several widgets to the home screen, as well as using the notification shade.

USB. For synchronization with a PC and data transfer, the included microUSB cable is used. USB 2.0 interface. In the connection settings, you can select the Internet modem mode (access to the Internet via a smartphone) or end-to-end Internet connection. There are no more Disk Drive, HTC Sync and other modes, when connected to a PC, the smartphone is defined as a portable device, and you can work with its memory either through Explorer or any other system file manager, or using the HTC Sync program.

The microUSB connector on HTC One mini supports USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) - you can connect flash drives and other storage devices, such as a camera, to your smartphone via an adapter to transfer pictures from it to the device's memory. The system in HTC One mini allows you to read and copy information from flash drives formatted in FAT / FAT32 / NTFS file systems (I did not check other file systems).

Bluetooth. Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and aptX support.

Wi-Fi (802.11a/ac/b/g/n). HTC One mini uses a dual-band Wi-Fi module. You can leave it to work in automatic mode, or you can manually specify the operating frequency band for Wi-Fi - only 5 GHz or only 2.4 GHz. The Wi-Fi module works flawlessly. In advanced settings, you can set the maximum performance mode, as well as enable or disable automatic connection to the last saved active network. During the operation of the module, the device does not heat up.

Wi-Fi router. HTC One mini has the ability to "share" 2G/3G/4G Internet connection via Wi-Fi. In the menu of wireless interfaces, the option "Mobile Internet Sharing" and then "Wi-Fi router" is selected. Here, at the first start, you need to select the network name, password, and connection type (WEP, WPA, WPA2). You can also set the maximum number of connections to your smartphone (1-8) or separately prohibit or allow each new connection. When the utility is enabled, you can connect to the Internet distributed via Wi-Fi by a smartphone from any device, be it a laptop, another smartphone or tablet, and so on.

DLNA. The smartphone supports DLNA technology, so if you have a DLNA-compatible media server and other devices at home, you can use Butterfly with them. For example, output sound or video from the device directly to the TV.

HTC BlinkFeed

I talked about the features of HTC BlinkFeed in detail in the HTC One review, nothing has changed here since that moment, and the service still looks very strange and controversial. Therefore, if you are interested in reading about it, check out the material on HTC One.

HTC Sense 5

The smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2, the Sense 5 shell is used. I have already told about all the features of the shell in the HTC One review, I will not repeat it.

HTC's proprietary skin is still an interesting option and alternative to the stock Android OS interface, despite the mixed "improvements" to Sense over the past couple of years. A comfortable keyboard, a cool dialer, an excellent music player and many other features - this cannot be taken away from Sense.

In terms of convenience and simplicity of the interface, HTC smartphones, including One mini, thanks to the Sense shell, are still one step above most devices from other companies. Many of the manufacturers today are striving to make their shell as different as possible from Android and as functional as possible, flexibly customizable, which makes it difficult for ordinary users to understand it. As an example, we can cite an excellent and very flexible shell in Huawei smartphones, the number of settings and options in it is simply huge, and this can be scary. Another situation with Samsung's TouchWiz is that the shell is interesting, with many good ideas, but, firstly, it is still too "motley", it lacks a common style, everything is too diverse and different from each other. Secondly, Samsung pre-installs a lot of software in smartphones. Yes, it's great, of course, but it's also scary at the same time. Not every user will appreciate a couple of dozen additional programs in the application menu of a newly purchased, brand new smartphone. HTC Sense has a certain balance, only the most necessary additional software is installed (although the explorer will not hurt), and there is a common recognizable graphic style that is strictly observed in all interface elements related to Sense.

Comparison with Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The main competitor for HTC One mini is a smartphone from this category from Samsung - Galaxy S4 mini. However, the only thing similar in these models is that both are simplified versions of the flagships - then the differences begin.

The main advantages of Samsung Galaxy S4 mini over HTC One mini are more compact dimensions and lighter weight, support for memory cards, high-resolution camera and price. On average, S4 mini is cheaper than One mini by 5,000 rubles, and this, you see, is a serious difference.

The HTC One mini has a higher resolution screen, and the matrix itself is more versatile here, with calm colors and a normal image contrast level, an interesting design and the use of aluminum, while the S4 mini is an example of Samsung's modern take on design or its absence - glossy plastic and nothing else. Even HTC One mini has better speakers, they sound louder and more voluminous. As for the sound quality in headphones, then, I repeat, it is better to listen to smartphones on your own.

Oddly enough, choosing one of these two models is very simple. If you need a compact and cheap smartphone with good parameters - definitely Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. If you need a smartphone with a cool screen and sound, with an interesting design - HTC One mini. At the same time, in both cases, you also need to understand what you are sacrificing when choosing one or another model: the S4 mini has a mediocre display (SuperAMOLED plus low resolution works wonders!), there is no design, you can’t increase the amount of memory in HTC One mini, and initially it is very not enough, the device is expensive, but it is by no means fast. Something like this.

Conclusion

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