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HTC One Mini review

HTC One Mini V3

The HTC One Mini is a shrunk-down version of the Taiwanese firm's current flagship smartphone that sacrifices processing power and NFC support in its endeavour to become small-hand friendly.


Good screen, decent build quality, good camera, mid-range price tag 


Average battery life, no NFC support

Overall Rating:

4 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £370

Manufacturer: HTC

The original HTC One launched earlier this year, and its custom Ultrapixel camera technology and well-designed aluminium chassis proved a hit with technophiles.

Now, a few months on HTC's chosen to try and build on the One's success releasing a shrunk-down, slightly cheaper version of its flagship Android smartphone bespoke designed to offer a similar top-end user experience to small-handed buyers on a budget.

Design and build
From a distance, the One Mini looks all but identical to its larger sibling. The device has the same industrial design as the full-sized One, boasting the same slightly rounded corners and aluminium back. It's only when you get up close that you realise there are some key design differences separating the two Ones. Starting off there is the obvious size and weight difference, with the Mini's 132x63x9.3mm, 122g measurements making the full-sized 137x68x9.3mm, 143g One look like an outright behemoth.HTC One Mini side

Then there's the Mini's more pronounced plastic sides. Where the original One's plastic sides were understated and slotted inside the phone's predominantly metal chassis, the Mini's protrude out and actually wrap round its aluminium back. This makes the Mini feel slightly cheaper than the full-sized One, though, that said it still feels far more premium than its £370 price suggests.

Another consequence of the phone's small size is the removal of NFC support. HTC said it was forced to remove the support as it quite literally couldn't fit an NFC antenna inside the smaller chassis.

In hand we found the One Mini is very comfortable, with it hitting the same sweet spot as devices like the Apple iPhone 5, being big enough for large fingered users to still navigate its menu screens and type on, but small enough to ensure it doesn't feel unwieldy to tiny mittened people. As we were with the original One, we also found the Mini is very well built and is more than capable of surviving the odd accidental drop unscathed.

Next: Display, operating system and software.

Processor: 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Display: 4.3in 1280x720 pixels, 341ppi Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen
Storage: 16GB internal storage options, 1GB RAM
Camera: 4MP rear-facing and 1.6MP front-facing cameras
Connectivity: 3G and WiFi connectivity
Operating system: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Sense 5.0
Dimensions: 132x63x9.3mm
Weight: 122g

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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