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HTC One mini goes official – best things come in small packages?

Are you sickened by the ongoing “bigger is better” trend of the smartphone market? Want something snazzy-looking that packs a punch and fits easily in your trouser pocket? Don’t want to use both upper limbs when handling what you like to call a “phone”?

HTC One Mini

HTC has you covered. Well, Samsung too, but today is HTC’s day. The oft-rumored One mini is a rumor no longer, having been finally made official moments ago. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s not so much better than the GS4 Mini, as some of the recent leaks made it look like.

But first, let’s list the official spec sheet of the One mini:

  • 4.3-inch Super LCD2 panel with 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution (342 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 UI
  • 4 UltraPixel rear camera with BSI, f/2.0, autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.6 MP front shooter
  • Non-removable 1,800 mAh battery
  • Beats Audio sound enhancement
  • BoomSound speakers
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE
  • 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm dimensions
  • 122 grams

Impressed? Not really, am I right? It’s probably because we’ve known all that for quite some time now. Then again, 2 GB of RAM was a solid possibility for the One mini until a few days ago and so it’s a tad disappointing to see the end product packing just half of that.

HTC One Mini-2

Meanwhile, in a strict, cold number, face-to-face comparison with the GS4 mini, the One Mini clearly has its ups, but also its downs. On one hand, you have your sleek aluminum unibody, the higher-res 720p display and double the internal storage (16 vs. 8 GB).

On the flipside, the S4 Mini comes with more RAM (500 MB, to be exact), a higher clocked CPU (1.7 GHz), expandable memory, removable and slightly bigger battery (1,900 vs. 1,800 mAh). And in terms of portability, Samsung’s “little guy” also wins the battle, weighing in at 107 grams, measuring 8.9 mm in thickness and 124.6 mm in height.

All things considered therefore, One mini’s pricing details, which are yet to be mentioned, are likely to be the tiebreaker. The phone is expected out in August in “select markets” and September “globally”.

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