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HTC One vs HTC One mini: Spec comparison

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by Abigail Wang, 06 Aug 2013Guides
HTC One vs HTC One mini: Spec comparison

In an effort to prove that bigger doesn't always mean better, HTC recently introduced its HTC One mini, the baby brother of the HTC One. The company has been boasting about its newest flagship smartphone since it was unveiled in February, but following in the footsteps of Samsung with its Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC also opted to produce a mini-me.

Does the HTC One mini give up too much performance for its smaller size? In this article, we’re going to take a look at how the little guy compares to its larger counterpart.

The HTC One mini and HTC One might share similar names, but the two have noticeable differences. To start with the obvious, the HTC One is larger; it’s a good 5mm longer and wider than the HTC One mini. The latter also weighs 20 grams less than the HTC One, while its screen size is 0.4in smaller.

As expected, due to the HTC One mini's size, its 16GB of storage is half of the total integrated storage found on the HTC One. The mini runs a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400, whereas the HTC One runs a 1.7GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600.

Some other clear differences are found in the screen resolutions and pixel density. The HTC One carries a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display at 468ppi, while the HTC One mini features a 1,280 x 720 pixel screen at 341ppi.

Both rear camera sensors are 4-megapixels – or, as HTC refers to them, 'UltraPixels' – but the HTC One mini sports a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera compared to HTC One's 2.1-megapixel secondary shooter. This is seen in the phones' video camera resolution as well; the two record 1080p videos with the rear camera, but the mini only records 720p from the front camera, as opposed to its big brother's 1080p-capable front sensor.

One other minor difference is that the HTC One supports NFC, but the mini version doesn't. Both devices run up to Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

So, why might you opt for the HTC One mini? Well, one obvious point is the cheaper price, with the HTC One mini currently on pre-order for as little as £365 via Unlocked Mobiles (it’s expected to be available very shortly). The HTC One is down from its initial £510 sim-free price, and you can now pick one up for around £450 via Amazon – some £80 dearer than the mini.

The mini’s smaller size might also appeal to those who aren't exactly enamoured with massive smartphones. In his recent hands-on with the HTC One mini, Sascha Segan said that the best thing about the mini is its size. "The smaller device fits perfectly into my hand, and makes an even better one-handed phone than the One does," he noted.

For more, check out our full review of the HTC One, and of course see the spec breakdown of the two handsets in the table below.

 

HTC One mini

HTC One

Display

   

Screen size

4.3in

4.7in

Resolution

1,280 x 720 pixels

1,920 x 1,080 pixels

Pixel density

341ppi

468ppi

Type

TFT LCD

TFT LCD

Processor and battery

   

Family

Snapdragon 400

Snapdragon 600

CPU

Krait 300

Krait 300

Cores

Dual-core

Quad-core

Clock speed

1.4GHz

1.7GHz

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 320

Battery

1,800mAh

2,300mAh

Claimed 3G talk time

Up to 13 hours

Up to 18 hours

Storage and memory

   

RAM

1GB

2GB

Internal storage

16GB

32GB / 64GB

microSD

No

No

Camera

   

Rear

4-megapixel

4-megapixel

Video

1080p @ 30fps

1080p @ 30fps

Front

1.6-megapixel

2.1-megapixel

Wireless

   

Standard

4G LTE

4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a / b / g / n

802.11 a / b / g / n

NFC

No

Yes

Bluetooth

v4.0

v4.0

Integrated wireless charging

No

No

Dimensions

   

Size

132 x 63.2 x 9.3mm

137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm

Weight

122g

143g

Operating System

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Price (SIM-free)

£365

£450

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