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HTC releases Mini+ smartphone controller

Like with the majority of smartphone makers, HTC's devices are getting bigger and bigger as more functionality and larger screens are crammed in. They work great for surfing the Internet, sending emails and playing games, but are slightly awkward to hold to your ear during long conversations.

HTC, thinks it may have found a solution in the Mini+, an ultra thin handset measuring just three inches long that can be used to make calls by connecting to a larger HTC smartphone via Bluetooth.

With the new HTC One Max phablet set to be unveiled at IFA 2013 this week measuring close to 6-inches, and the recently released Butterfly S not being much smaller, the company could be onto a good idea - even if it is pretty much completely non-essential.

As well as using the device to make calls, it also doubles up as a control for your phablet that can be used to navigate the Internet, play games, watch video and even take photos from a distance.

On top of this, thanks to an in built laser pointer, it can also link to your TV to be used as a remote control for both normal viewing, and if you have a HTC Media Link HD box that lets you watch media from your phone on the TV.

The build is pretty basic but it has an attractive brushed metal finish. With a monochrome screen and actual real buttons that count from zero to nine, it looks like a tiny landline home phone.

The Mini+ is currently compatible with the HTC One mini, HTC Butterfly S, HTC Desire 200, HTC Desire 500, as well as, most probably, any HTC releases at IFA 2013.