7.8/10
Informr score
The HTC One mini 2 currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Easy to use one-handed
  • Screen offers sharp details
  • Good performance during every day use

What's bad

  • Sluggish camera performance leads to blurry photos
  • Screen difficult to read under bright light conditions

The HTC One Mini 2 is HTC's second offering in the "mini phone" landscape. While sharing the same Mini moniker as the HTC One Mini that is where the similarities end. The Mini 2 takes its design cues from the HTC One M8 from its brushed aluminum case to its gently curved back. Critics praise the luxurious look and feel of the phone and describe it as "gorgeous" and "slick." The device measures 13.7 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches), making it narrower than the M8 though slightly thicker. TechRadar notes, "…the reduced width made it easier to reach all areas of the display during one handed operation."

With a display that measures 4.5 inches and has a resolution of 1280 x 720, the Mini 2 is a slight downgrade from the 1080p resolution of the M8. However, it still musters an impressive a pixel density of 326ppi, which is identical to the iPhone 5S. Despite its crisp details, reviewers did notice that the screen lacked the brightness of the M8, making it more difficult to use in sunlight, and provided less vivid colors. CNET states, "It's not a bad screen by and means," but goes on to add, "If you're hoping for the same quality of the flagship in a smaller size though, you will be disappointed."

While the exterior might look the same as the M8, the interior is a pretty big downgrade from the original. The Mini 2 features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of ram and 16GB of internal storage. Standard benchmark tests put its performance well below the M8, as to be expected. When critics tested it hands-on, they didn't have any issues with lag when used for normal purposes like taking pictures, checking emails or even playing graphic intensive games. It did slow down slightly, however, when they tried to use it to create long, full HD videos.

Camera-wise, HTC opted out of their signature UltraPixel sensor and Duo camera technology and instead went with a more mainstream 13MP camera and sensor. Reviewers find the camera usable in everyday use though they mention that it tends to struggle in both high contrast situations and low light environments. Others also noticed some sluggishness when actually capturing a shot, which led to numerous blurry frames.

For the most part, critics praise the HTC One Mini 2. Slashgear states, "…while the camera falls short, the performance, software and tidbits are most welcome." Android Central adds, "Overall, the HTC One Mini 2 is a compelling mid-level smartphones…There's very little to complain about." On the other hand The Verge notes, "Those whose budgets are constrained to the One Mini 2's bracket would be better served seeking greater functionality and performance."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Laptop Magazine

The HTC One Remix is truly the little brother of HTC's M8--it's smaller and less powerful, but still pretty awesome. It gets the job done in a stylish package, and for a free phone, that's a big achievement. I also like the quality dual speakers, BlinkFeed app and 13-MP camera.Although it's not the...

- Vallentina Palladino, Laptop Magazine
Digital Trends

Verizon’s HTC One Remix may not have all the high-end specs of its bigger cousin, the HTC One M8, but it works like a solid mid-range smartphone. The Remix’s cameras are top notch and its processor is speedy, but some aspects of the device’s design and the 720p screen bring it down...

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
Geek Squad

Despite the visual similarities to the One M8, it’s important to focus on the HTC One Mini 2 as an evolution of the previous Mini. In that respect it’s clear that HTC has put a lot of work into ensuring the One Mini 2 is an upgrade in every respect. It looks great as we’ve come to...

- Mark Lee, Geek Squad
PCWorld

Talking on the phone is something I still do, so being able to do so comfortably is incredibly important to me. If that’s a concern of yours, too, the One Remix is a good catch. It also supports 4G LTE data, which many other mid-range phones don’t.What’s also nice about the One Rem...

- Florence Ion, PCWorld
Phandroid

“Remixing” usually means to create something completely different from an original source. Most “mini” phones on the market have been “remixed.” They may share a name with the original flagship, but so many features have been scarified it’s hardly the same d...

- Joe Fedewa, Phandroid


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Screen Size
4.5"

The HTC One mini 2's screen size is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 972 minutes, 393 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

One mini 2 Specs

Overview
Release date May 28, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 365 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 393 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 972 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 23.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.7 x 6.5 x 1.1 cm (5.4 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 137 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, White balance, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, Apple Lossless, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC One Remix

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