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Review HTC One Mini Smartphone

Daniel Schuster (translated by Markus Döpfert), 08/08/2013

The agony of choice. The small version of the HTC One is the manufacturer's deliberate attack on the success story of the Galaxy S Mini series. The HTC One Mini takes up the fight equipped with a 4.3-inch screen, a Snapdragon dual-core SoC and HD resolution. Its opponent is the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

For the original German review, see here.

Not every potential buyer can acquaint themselves with the trend of ever growing smartphones. Samsung led the way by offering a smaller variant of its bestseller Galaxy S3. Naturally the Korean manufacturer has applied the same strategy for the Galaxy S4, but this time the competitors want to have a share of the pie. With the HTC One Mini the Taiwanese manufacturer has introduced a smaller version of its flagship onto the market for the first time. Self-evidently the optical appearance is nearly identical. Big differences can be observed though when having a look at the technical sheet.

The key differentiator is the display that has shrunk to 4.3-inches. Unfortunately HTC also failed to install the Full HD display of the bigger model in the mini variant. Thus the buyer has to be content with an HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels. A Snapdragon 400 by Qualcomm serves as the "engine". This dual-core processor runs at a clock rate of 1.4 GHz and has 1 GB main memory at its disposal. The HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini have to fight the same battle as the two bigger models. The following review will show if one of them emerges as the distinct winner.

Case

Wie wir testen - Gehäuse

HTC One Mini and HTC One size comparison
HTC One Mini and HTC One size comparison

Just like its big brother the One Mini conveys a very solid impression: The back is almost exclusively made of aluminum which can also be found above and below the touchscreen at the front. The case border is of less valuable material because the aluminum was replaced by white plastic. Tiny clearances become apparent between the frame and the body in the area of the front camera.

Due to the usage of a lot of metal for the case, the smartphone is very torsion-resistant and equally resistant to pressure. Owing to the rounded back the device is very handy and pleasant to operate. The One Mini loses the direct size comparison to the Galaxy S4 Mini since it is wider, longer and thicker with a measurement of 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm. In addition to that the Galaxy S4 Mini is 15 grams lighter (HTC One Mini: 122 grams). Proponents of an aluminum body will surely accept this circumstance.

Connectivity

Wie wir testen - Gehäuse

Our test device is shipped with a memory capacity of 16 GB. We learn from the website of the manufacturer that there won't be any models with different memory configurations. Just like the HTC One the memory of the smaller device cannot be extended with a microSD card. During the first-time setup the buyer is informed that, when signing up or already having a Dropbox account, 25 GB of free memory is held available for 24 months.

The assembly of the ports and keys is nearly identical with that of the bigger variant. The 3.5 mm jack and the power button are situated at the top. An infrared port was not implemented. The two volume buttons are found on the right side of the device. The HTC One still had a one-piece rocker. Microphone and Micro-USB port are at the bottom. The upper left side holds the slot for the Micro-SIM card.

Bottom: Micro-USB port
Bottom: Micro-USB port
Right: Two-piece volume rocker
Right: Two-piece volume rocker
Top: 3.5 mm jack, power button
Top: 3.5 mm jack, power button
Left: Micro-SIM slot
Left: Micro-SIM slot

Software

In comparison to the release of the One the One Mini is already shipped with Android 4.2.2. Even though the operating system is the keystone for the software, HTC managed to push the actual operating system slightly into the background with its launcher "Sense 5". The user interface is very well developed and omnipresent. The look of "Sense 5" reaches deep into the system configuration of the software. As already introduced for the HTC One, "HTC BlinkFeed" or "HTC Zoe" must not be missing.

Good reception with the GPS module
Good reception with the GPS module

Communication & GPS 

Several features had to be left behind along the way from the HTC One to the HTC One Mini. The Near Field Communication module was rationalized as well as the infrared interface - bearable for many buyers. When it comes to the communication modules for mobile internet everything stays as it is. The LTE module still radios at 800/1,800/2,600 MHz and provides a breathtaking download speed of up to 100 Mbit/s. Within one's own four walls the WLAN module connects to the router according to the standard 802.11 a/b/g/n. Bluetooth 4.0 comes with aptX support and the smartphone is able to stream multimedia content to a compatible terminal device via DLNA.

A similarly important feature is the aGPS receiver (incl. GLONASS) which, for example, allows mobile navigation. In our test the mobile phone already connects with the satellites when standing close to a window and enables a precise localization. For the duration of the test we did not detect a relevant loss of connection with any of the radio modules.

Cameras & Multimedia

HTC remains faithful to the UltraPixel camera and uses this module also for our test device. The BSI sensor has a size of 1/3-inch and a maximum aperture of f2.0 with a 28 mm lens. Furthermore the main camera is able to record videos with Full HD quality. The front camera has a 1.6 MP BSI sensor at its disposal and saves videos in HD quality.

We have taken several test pictures to compare the UltraPixel camera. It immediately leaps to the eye that the sensor is of very high luminous intensity. Unfortunately scenes are displayed too faint and lacking in color fidelity. The comparison with camera modules of the competitors is sobering. The difference becomes even more apparent when comparing it to the reference camera (Sony A57). Another disadvantage of the 4 MP sensor is the maximum resolution of the pictures. Even though this results in smaller data the picture promptly becomes blurred when zooming in to have a closer look at a section of the image.

Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
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Apple iPhone 5
LG Google Nexus 4
LG Google Nexus 4
LG Google Nexus 4
LG Google Nexus 4
LG Google Nexus 4
LG Google Nexus 4
HTC One Mini
HTC One Mini
HTC One Mini
HTC One Mini
HTC One Mini
HTC One Mini
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920
Reference camera: Sony A57
Reference camera: Sony A57
Reference camera: Sony A57
Reference camera: Sony A57
Reference camera: Sony A57
Reference camera: Sony A57


Telephone Functions and Speech Quality

There is nothing to criticize concerning speech quality. Voices are received clearly and distinctly at each end. The playback of the front speaker is very good in speakerphone mode and above all adequately loud. On the road a headset should be used which also leaves a good impression.

Accessories & Warranty

Included in the delivery of our pre-production model are a modular power supply and an in-ear headset in a Beats Audio look. Just like for the HTC One they are not made by Beats Audio though. The tool to open the SIM slot is also enclosed.

The smartphone comes with a warranty period of 24 months. The accessories and the battery are, however, only covered for 12 months.

Input Devices & Handling

The capacitive display responds very precisely to input. The conversion of the input as well as the display rotation by 90 ° work flawlessly and at high speed. Multitouch gestures are also no problem. Just like the HTC One or the Galaxy S4 the One Mini can handle simultaneous input of up to ten fingers. Beforehand the setting "HTC finger movements" in the system preferences needs to be deactivated though.

Writing on the virtual QWERTY keyboard is very pleasant. The height of the keyboard in portrait mode is appropriate. The keyboard takes up less than 50% of the screen. It gets more cramped in landscape mode with slightly more than 50% of the screen.

Display

Wie wir testen - Display

4.3-inch display with HD resolution
4.3-inch display with HD resolution

The key differentiator is the display which has shrunk by 0.4-inches and has a lower resolution. Now there is no Full HD display in use but the smaller variant of an HD display. With a resolution of 1280x720 pixels the pixel density is also lower than that of the HTC One. There is a big difference between the One Mini and the HTC One with 341.5 ppi to 468 ppi. Nonetheless HTC, unlike Samsung, manages to implement an HD display in its mini variant. As a matter of fact, the display of the Galaxy S4 Mini only comes with a gHD resolution and therefore has about 90 ppi less than our test device.

We used our measurement device, the X-Rite i1Pro 2, to further examine the characteristics of the screen. With it we measured an average brightness of 466.1 cd/m², which is significantly brighter compared to the Super-AMOLED display of the Galaxy S4 Mini. However, the two display technologies are not directly comparable. The homogeneity of the illumination lies at 88% and therefore nearly as high as that of the bigger variant. Unfortunately the black value of 0.48 cd/m² is nearly twice as high, which by implication means that the contrast is nearly half as high as that of the HTC One.

471
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
454
cd/m²
467
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
481
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
489
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 489 cd/m²
Average: 466.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 462 cd/m²
Black: 0.48 cd/m²
Contrast: 963:1

The colorimeter reveals a strong blue deviation of the display, which is already the case for the HTC One. Likewise red tones are displayed too faintly. This results in a cooler color display. The diagram for the color saturation also comes very close to that of the bigger brother. The grayscale values are in the area underneath the 70% mark most widely identical with the ideal values. In very bright areas "white" is displayed too faintly. In everyday usage this is not noticeable though.

Color rendering
Color rendering
Color Checker
Color Checker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Color saturation
Color saturation

Due to the combination of a high contrast with a bright display, the smartphone can score during outdoor usage. Admittedly the contrast is only about 50% of that of the HTC One, but as mentioned at the beginning of the review some sacrifices were to be expected. The device still cuts a fine figure when the automatic brightness control is deactivated.

The display has almost no problems with great viewing angles. The contrast and the color display are at a constant high level. A very pleasant result for the HTC One Mini.

Viewing angles of the HTC One Mini
Viewing angles of the HTC One Mini
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance

Wie wir testen - Leistung

Just a heads up, when seeking the highest performance and unconditionally high benchmark values you should look for a different smartphone. The smaller variant does not come close to the performance quad-core SoCs of the HTC One or the Galaxy S4. The dual-core Snapdragon 400 by Qualcomm clocks at a rate of 1.4 GHz per core. The chip was produced in the 28 nm procedure and is still based on the ARMv7 platform. In addition to the Adreno 305, a main memory of just 1 GB is deployed. Apart from the higher clock speed of the Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung also has installed a bigger 1.5 GB main memory. Two factors that will possibly give the S4 Mini a performance advantage.

To optimally compare the performance and also bring the test device to its limits we start with synthetic benchmarks. The brandnew Basemark X 1.0 already shows where this is heading. The One Mini is struggling to keep up with the Galaxy S4 Mini. This is also true for the other performance tests where it fails to draw level with the competitor let alone overtake it. The One Mini, however, manages to beat the older Galaxy S3 in GFXBench 2.7. Sadly this is no breathtaking result for our test device. Apparently the clock rate and the main memory are too little dimensioned to match up to the competitors.

Basemark X 1.0
On-Screen (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
6.2 fps ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
11.825 fps ∼36% +91%
Off-Screen (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
2.77 fps ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
3.092 fps ∼15% +12%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
5.5 fps ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
6.2 fps ∼1% +13%
Samsung Galaxy S3
4.1 fps ∼0% -25%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
9.1 fps ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
14 fps ∼22% +54%
Samsung Galaxy S3
5.6 fps ∼9% -38%
AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
11299 Points ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
13958 Points ∼39% +24%
HTC One
23500 Points ∼66% +108%
Samsung Galaxy S3
15395 Points ∼43% +36%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
1394 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
1919 Points ∼13% +38%
HTC One
2332 Points ∼16% +67%
Samsung Galaxy S3
1816 Points ∼13% +30%

Legend

 
HTC One Mini Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC One Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB SSD

We have included the Nokia Lumia 720 for the evaluation of the browser speed. No clear tendency is detectable in the segment of these performance tests despite the fact that the Windows phone by Nokia permanently performs worse than our test device. Moreover the HTC One Mini wins the tests with Browsermark 2.0 and Peacekeeper but comes off on the short end for Google's Octane as well as Google V8 Ver.7.

Octane V1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
1701 Points ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
1958 Points ∼8% +15%
HTC One
1986 Points ∼9% +17%
Samsung Galaxy S3
1954 Points ∼8% +15%
Nokia Lumia 720
375 Points ∼2% -78%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
2878 points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
2188 points ∼30% -24%
HTC One
2152 points ∼30% -25%
Samsung Galaxy S3
1898 points ∼26% -34%
Nokia Lumia 720
1503 points ∼21% -48%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
670 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
530 Points ∼9% -21%
HTC One
683 Points ∼11% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S3
664 Points ∼11% -1%
Nokia Lumia 720
218 Points ∼4% -67%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
1635 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
2165 Points ∼12% +32%
HTC One
1899 Points ∼10% +16%
Samsung Galaxy S3
1978 Points ∼11% +21%
Nokia Lumia 720
441 Points ∼2% -73%

Legend

 
HTC One Mini Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC One Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB SSD
 
Nokia Lumia 720 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD

The speed test of the flash memory is relatively distinct though. Only the big brother achieves faster read and write rates. The comparison models are partly significantly slower. The Galaxy S4 Mini achieves a 73% worse result for the random write operation of small data.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
53.1 MB/s ∼19%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
50.88 MB/s ∼18% -4%
HTC One
58.75 MB/s ∼21% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S3
38.08 MB/s ∼14% -28%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
15.71 MB/s ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
6.33 MB/s ∼8% -60%
HTC One
16.37 MB/s ∼22% +4%
Samsung Galaxy S3
7.44 MB/s ∼10% -53%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
10.53 MB/s ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
9.37 MB/s ∼26% -11%
HTC One
11.83 MB/s ∼33% +12%
Samsung Galaxy S3
7.13 MB/s ∼20% -32%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HTC One Mini
1.18 MB/s ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195
0.32 MB/s ∼2% -73%
HTC One
1.19 MB/s ∼8% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S3
0.58 MB/s ∼4% -51%

Legend

 
HTC One Mini Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8930AB, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB SSD
 
HTC One Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad, ARM Mali-400 MP4, 16 GB SSD

Games

The basic requirement for such a high-priced smartphone is its multimedia capability. Nowadays a smartphone has to be suitable for 3D games and furthermore have no problems with the playback of Full HD movies. This combination is given in the case of the HTC One Mini. The brilliant display and both front speakers guarantee a lot of fun in the field of multimedia applications. We could neither find problems when playing a Full HD trailer nor when playing Iron Man 3 or Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3
Modern Combat: Zero Hour
Modern Combat: Zero Hour

Emissions

Wie wir testen - Emissionen

Temperature

The heating of the small metal case under load is not particularly insignificant. At the front we measure an average of 41.1 °C; at the back it is only 1 °C cooler. A more than obvious difference to the big brother. Apparently the waste heat of the SoC can be better dissipated in the bigger case. The measured temperatures of the Galaxy S4 Mini are also lower (front: 38.1 °C, back: 37 °C). All the more gratifying is the temperature during idle which decreases by 10 °C. Therefore the case reaches an average temperature of 29.7 °C, which is a barely noticeable difference to the heating of the HTC One or the Galaxy S4 Mini.

Max. Load
 38.0 °C41.1 °C42.4 °C 
 40.1 °C42.5 °C43.2 °C 
 38.9 °C41.8 °C42.0 °C 
Maximum: 43.2 °C
Average: 41.1 °C
39.8 °C40.2 °C38.7 °C
40.4 °C40.3 °C39.7 °C
40.5 °C41.4 °C39.9 °C
Maximum: 41.4 °C
Average: 40.1 °C
Power Supply (max.)  44.6 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

A purchase argument of the HTC One is among other things the two front speakers. Our test device has similar stereo speakers at its disposal. The quality of the playback is extremely good for a smartphone. The sound is mostly clear. We cannot detect any distortions or overmodulation of the sound, which is true for almost up to the maximum volume. In comparison to the bigger model you naturally have to make a few small sacrifices. Not least because its speakers are a little bit more powerful and bigger.

Energy Management

Wie wir testen - Akkulaufzeit

Power Consumption

The power consumption levels off between 0.6 and 1.3 watts when the test device only handles no or a few tasks. Once again there is a difference noticeable to the Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One since both devices need less watts in this scenario. Even though the difference might seem marginal this circumstance can have a big impact on the resulting battery runtime. Under full load we measure a power consumption between 2.9 and 3.8 watts. This time the One Mini behaves similarly to the S4 Mini, whereas our test device is slightly more economical.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 0.6 / 1 / 1.3 Watt
Load 2.9 / 3.8 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Just like the bigger variant the battery of the mini version is not interchangeable. The battery of the HTC One has a capacity of 2,300 mAh. The battery of the smaller model was reduced to 1,800 mAh.

We simulate full load within the runtime test with the app Stability Test. It uses all cores to the full, activates the maximum luminance of the display as well as all radio modules. This condition terminates at 2 hours and 39 minutes when the device needs to be recharged. This is an almost identical outcome as that of the runtime test of the Galaxy S4 Mini (2:36 hours). Charging is finished after 2 hours and 12 minutes. A bigger gap can be found in the WLAN test: The One Mini already surrenders to the S4 Mini after 3 hours. When there is no load on the SoC and the display is set to the minimum level of brightness, the battery lasts a reasonable 19 hours and 1 minute. The lights of the S4 Mini, however, stay on for nearly 2 more hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
19h 01min
WiFi Surfing
9h 03min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 39min

Wie wir testen - Fazit

Verdict

HTC One Mini or Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini? Difficult decision...
HTC One Mini or Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini? Difficult decision...

When having to decide if your next smartphone will be the HTC One Mini or the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, you might as well state the question which of the flagships of the manufacturers will be your future companion since both devices fight with the same advantages and disadvantages as the mini variants do. On the one hand the case of both HTC models is made of aluminum and seems more high-grade, on the other hand the battery is not interchangeable and the internal memory cannot be expanded. In contrast to that is the Galaxy S4 Mini with its plastic case and an impression that is not as high-grade. Concerning the display the two models don't differ a lot since both are well equipped for outdoor usage and have extremely high viewing angle stability. Only the resolution varies between the two models - in favor of the One Mini. Performance-wise the S4 Mini has a high clock rate and 50% more main memory at its disposal. The better result becomes apparent in the benchmarks.

As can be seen, it is a constant weighing of the strengths and weaknesses of both devices. Thus a definite recommendation on our site cannot be made because too many personal and therefore subjective impressions and perceptions play a role in this decision. But there is one thing that can be evaluated objectively: the price. With an RRP of 449 Euros (~$599) it is by no means mini. A distinct advantage for the Galaxy S4 Mini since it is currently sold for a price of about 380 Euros (~$507).

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In Review: HTC One Mini. Test sample courtesy of HTC Germany.
In Review: HTC One Mini. Test sample courtesy of HTC Germany.

Specifications

HTC One Mini

:: Processor
:: Memory
1024 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
4.3 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
16 GB iNAND Flash, 16 GB , 11 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Sensors: gyro sensor, acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, ambient lieght sensor,
:: Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, LTE, UMTS
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.25 x 132 x 63.2
:: Weight
0.122 kg Power Supply: 0.035 kg
:: Battery
6.66 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 1,800 mAh, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 13 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 692 h
:: Price
449 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.2
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: UltraPixel camera, Front: 1.2 MP , Speakers: stereo front speaker, Keyboard: virtual, Beats headphones, 24 Months Warranty

 

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The HTC One Mini in review at notebookcheck.com
The HTC One Mini in review at notebookcheck.com
The look is strongly reminiscent of that of the bigger HTC One.
The look is strongly reminiscent of that of the bigger HTC One.
The powerful stereo front speakers are also installed.
The powerful stereo front speakers are also installed.
Direct size comparison of the two models. Both devices...
Direct size comparison of the two models. Both devices...
... have a case that is largely made of aluminum.
... have a case that is largely made of aluminum.
The battery is still not interchangeable and...
The battery is still not interchangeable and...
...the internal memory can also not be extended.
...the internal memory can also not be extended.
The buyer has to go without an infrared port.
The buyer has to go without an infrared port.
The display has an HD resolution at its disposal and is very bright.
The display has an HD resolution at its disposal and is very bright.
Due to the high contrast the display content can also be read outdoors.
Due to the high contrast the display content can also be read outdoors.
An in-ear headset is also included.
An in-ear headset is also included.
Of course HTC Sense 5 must not be missing and cuts with the...
Of course HTC Sense 5 must not be missing and cuts with the...
...new HTC BlinkFeed a fine figure.
...new HTC BlinkFeed a fine figure.
The internal memory is limited to 16 GB. Net about 10.5 GB.
The internal memory is limited to 16 GB. Net about 10.5 GB.
The power save mode is activated when the state of charge is low and controls the performance.
The power save mode is activated when the state of charge is low and controls the performance.
Dual-core Snapdragon 400 with a clock rate of 1.4 GHz. Unfortunately combined with an insufficiently assessed main memory.
Dual-core Snapdragon 400 with a clock rate of 1.4 GHz. Unfortunately combined with an insufficiently assessed main memory.
Android version 4.2.2 is the operating system of the HTC One Mini.
Android version 4.2.2 is the operating system of the HTC One Mini.
Sufficient space despite the virtual keyboard in portrait mode.
Sufficient space despite the virtual keyboard in portrait mode.
In landscape mode it gets quite cramped on the screen.
In landscape mode it gets quite cramped on the screen.
The purchase decision is still not any easy one. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is also...
The purchase decision is still not any easy one. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is also...
...an interesting competitor. It might be that in the end the purchase price is decisive since there is a big gap between the two devices.
...an interesting competitor. It might be that in the end the purchase price is decisive since there is a big gap between the two devices.

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Pro

+Bright display
+Good processing
+High-grade material
+Stereo loudspeakers
 

Cons

-Non-interchangeable battery
-Memory expansion via SD card not possible
-Only 1GB RAM
-High buying price
-Faint display of self-taken photographs

Shortcut

What we like

The device seems very high-grade and sturdy due to the usage of aluminum. The slightly higher weight is no burden.

What we'd like to see

The RRP of 449 Euros (~$599) is clearly too high since the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are available for a surcharge of nearly 50 and 100 Euros (~$66 and ~$132) respectively. Additionally the same-sized S4 Mini is significantly cheaper.

What surprises us

HTC managed to fit in a 4.3-inch display, which has a higher resolution than that of the Galaxy S4 Mini. The higher pixel density surely is a purchase argument.

The competition

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4

Nokia Lumia 720

Rating

HTC One Mini
08/05/2013 v3
Daniel Schuster

Chassis
95%
Keyboard
47%
Pointing Device
90%
Connectivity
36%
Weight
100%
Battery
95%
Display
87%
Games Performance
35%
Application Performance
51%
Temperature
77%
Noise
100%
Add Points
88%
Average
75%
87%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average

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Author: Daniel Schuster, 2013-08- 8 (Update: 2013-08- 9)