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18-10-2014


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HTC One mini 2 smartphone: review and testing

It's not a secret that the Taiwanese company HTC during many years is one of the major players in the mobile industry. Despite the overfull market and sufficiently serious competition, this manufacturer has could take leading position and won the hearts of the vast number of customers. This is primarily due to the high reliability, perfect ergonomics and excellent performance of produced devices.

HTC One mini 2

Unfortunately, before we could not learn close enough the products of this manufacturer. So we were very happy to fix this little flaw, having testing smartphone HTC One mini 2. What was our first meeting, as well as all the features of new item will be discussed in further review.

The specs:

Producer

HTC

Model

One mini 2

Type, form factor

Smartphone, monoblock

Communication standards

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (WCDMA)

850 /900 /1900 /2100 MHz

4G (LTE)

800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 MHz

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Кb/s), EDGE (236 Кb/s), HSPA+ (up to 42,2 Мb/s), LTE (up 50 Мb/s UL, up to 150 Мb/s DL)

SIM-card

Nano-SIM

CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400: four cores ARM Cortex-A7, L2 - 1 МB, technology process – 28-nm LP, frequency up to 1200 MHz

GPU

Qualcomm Adreno 305: clock frequency 450 MHz, support OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenVG 1.1, OpenCL 1.2 and DirectX 9.0c 

Display

4,5", Super LCD 2, 1280 x 720 p (326 ppi), multi-touch up to 10 touches, protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3 

RAM

1 GB

Memory

16 GB

Card-reader

microSD (up to 128 GB)

Sockets

1 x Nano-SIM

1 x microSD

1 x micro-USB

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Speaker

Stereo

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

Other

Sound improvement technology HTC BoomSound

Camera

Main

13 МP, BSI-module, aperture f/2.2, autofocus, single LED-flash, support of «HDR», video recording in format Full HD 1080p 30 fps

Front

5 МP, BSI-module, aperture f/2.8, autofocus, video recording in format Full HD 1080p 30 fps

Communication capabilities

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n (2,4 and 5 GHz)

(Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot)

Bluetooth

4.0 (apt-X)

NFC

− (optional)

IrLED

DLNA/Miracast

+ / −

Navigation

GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS

Sensors

Accelerometer, гироскоп, proximity sensor, light sensor, digital compass

Battery

lithium-ion battery, non-detachable: 2100 mАh

Charging device

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V DC, 1 А

Dimensions

137,4 х 65 х 10,6 mm

Weight

137 g

Color

Silver, gray, gold

OS

Android 4.4.2 KitKat + shell HTC Sense 6.0

Warranty

12 months

Website

HTC

Packaging and content

Smartphone HTC One mini 2 is in a small but quite stylish box. It has a square shape with white rounded. The box is made of high quality cardboard and tightly fitted, so that the safety of the smartphone is provided. Its design is a trendy of today’s minimalism, which is also reflected in the information content. There are no colorful logos or emblems, but only present the necessary background information.

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The front side of the box contains the name on the phone (done with a small stamping), its image, and a small label that informs us that HTC is the official sponsor of football tournaments: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. The back side of the box contains a short list of product specifications and legal information from the manufacturer. Also here there is the logo «ECOLOGO», which suggests the involvement of HTC in the program to reduce the impact on the environment, so the package is 97% recyclable.

HTC One mini 2

Package of HTC One mini 2 is quite extensive. It contains: Charger, USB-cable, branded clip to remove cards Nano-SIM and microSD, headset with headphones of vacuum-type and several pairs of interchangeable silicone pads, quick start guide and warranty card.

Design and elements layout

HTC One mini 2

Design of the HTC One mini 2 almost copies the design of the flagship model HTC One (M8). Engineers and designers of Taiwanese company tried to convey all the stylistic features of novelty inherent in the older brother. As before, this is a classic monoblock of rectangular shape with slightly rounded edges in solid metal housing. Black plastic inserts from quality matte plastic look very stylish and give elegance to a rigorous design.

The smartphone has a modest dimensions (137.4 x 65 x 10.6 mm) and relatively light weight (139 g, making it very convenient in your hand. However, holding a gadget with one hand, it is necessary to be very careful, because the presence of a large number of brushed aluminum housing makes the device quite slippery, and with imprudent behavior it can easily slip out of hands.  

HTC One mini 2 is presented in three classic color schemes. Devices are available on the market as a standard gray and silver color, and in a fashionable gold.

HTC One mini 2

The front side of the smartphone is almost completely covered with a protective glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has a good oleophobic coating, so you can forget about fingerprint. The front outline has an elegant black border of glossy plastic, which in addition to decorative purposes provides protection against damage. By modern standards, the frame around the display can be considered quite large: 16 mm at the top, at the bottom 22.5 mm and 5 mm on each side. However, this does not affect the usability and does not spoil the appearance.

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On both sides of the display there are small plastic inserts that have a stylish metal texture. Here are the main elements of the front panel. Thus, the upper inset, above the screen of the smartphone are: proximity and lighting sensors; multimedia speaker grille which is hidden under the LED, as well as the front camera lens. Lower insert is fully occupied by grille of second multimedia speaker. Above it you can find the manufacturer's logo. 

Because of the front placement of the speakers HTC One mini 2 may seem a little high for a smartphone device with display 4.5-inch. Some users will have to reach for the power button or use the second hand as unlock screen by double-clicking is not provided. And this, in our opinion, has negative effect to the usability of the smartphone as a whole.

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On the top side of the device are a power button and a 3.5mm audio jack for a headset. On the bottom there is a connector micro-USB.

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The left side of the device has a slot for the Nano-SIM-card, and on the right the volume rocker and the tray for memory cards microSD.

HTC One mini 2

The back side of the smartphone is made in the form of metal lining of brushed aluminum, which smoothly flows on the sidewalls of the device. They are very pleasant to the touch and very well conceal fingerprints. In addition to the main camera lens here is: single LED flash, a small hole of an optional microphone and pretty big logo of the manufacturer. Top and bottom of the back side of the unit share a stylish black matte plastic inserts.

Traditionally HTC's build quality is at the highest level. Parts fit very tight: there is no hint of gaps. Housing of smartphone has excellent hardness (affects the presence of metal in construction). In case of medium pressure the device’s geometry is not changed, and the display doesn’t have strains or other visible artifacts.

Display 

HTC One mini 2

Smartphone HTC One mini 2 is equipped with high-quality 4.5-inch screen, which is based on a proprietary matrix 2 Super LCD with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and pixel density 326 ppi.

HTC One mini 2

The display has high contrast and maximum viewing angles. Despite the slightly higher color temperature (subjectively white balance is a bit out in the cold shade), the overall color rendering is good: the image on the screen looks bright and highly saturated.

As for the backlight, it is also at a high level and has a good range of adjustment. This makes it easy to use the device in a bright sunny day and in total darkness.

T the integrity and security of the screen is provided by the tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with good oleophobic coating. In general, the display unit of the smartphone is made to the lack of air gap between the glass and the display. This engineering solution allows you to make the picture more clear and detailed.

HTC One mini 2

Built-in touch screen plate supports recognition up to 10 simultaneous keystrokes. It is very sensitive and responds instantly to even the slightest touch. Finger sliding over the safety glass is very easy, pleasant enough and causes absolutely no discomfort. Traditionally the support of the work in gloves is not supported.

Sound 

HTC One mini 2

As opposed to the most smartphones on the market, HTC One mini 2 has two multimedia stereo speakers. Thanks to technology HTC BoomSound they can provide a really loud and sound quality. The range has the presence of high and medium, as well as quite a significantly lower frequency. The smartphone can be used for games, watching movies and other needs without any additional devices.

HTC One mini 2

Also, the device is equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack that allows you to connect external audio devices. So, testing gaming headphones Kingston HyperX Cloud showed an excellent level of sound: quite loud and volume. As already stated above, a technology HTC BoomSound provides a very positive effect on the sound in the headphones. It gives it a palpable depth and richness. When it is turned off the sound gets quieter and much more flat.

In the case of playing the music is perfect firmware application Music, which is characterized by beautiful appearance, the presence of interesting imaging mode and the ability to sync with the Gracenote database for more information about the audio files are loaded into memory.

As for the speaker, here it is quite loud, sometimes even too much. It copes with its work (taking into account the quality of the operator and the state of the interlocutor), providing a clean and pleasant voice.

Camera

Also the arsenal of HTC One mini 2 contains two digital cameras.

HTC One mini 2 

In contrast to the flagship HTC One (M8), with a system Duo Camera, the main camera of test model is 13-megapixel BSI-module from Sony with an aperture of f/2.2, autofocus and single LED flash. It can capture video in standard mode with a resolution of up to 1080p at 30 fps, and in slow motion at 720p resolution and 120 fps. Also there is a support of photography mode «HDR».

The quality of the pictures is at a decent level. With good lighting and correctly selected angle you will get great pictures. We were pleasantly pleased with natural color reproduction, good contrast and high image detail. Taken videos can also boast of a decent picture quality, good sound and level of detail.

HTC One mini 2

The front camera of the smartphone has a 5-megapixel BSI-module with an aperture of f/2.8, fixed focus and self-timer. It is able to record video up to 1080p at 30 fps. Its quality is enough not only for Web conferencing or Skype-calls, but also for taking decent portraits.

Proprietary software responsible for the operation of the camera has a minimalist appearance and intuitive interface. The menu has a good range of features that allow you to fine-tune the process of taking photos and videos. Here you can set the white balance, exposure compensation, as well as change the ISO. We should also mention a fully manual shooting mode with the possibility of self-focusing and speed selection.


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