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Despite being a budget model, HTC One mini 2 packs a better front-facing "selfie" camera than the Galaxy S5

Following the leak of renders of the handset earlier this month, HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) this morning officially announced the update to the HTC One mini.  Dubbed the HTC One mini 2 (for some reason HTC lowercases the "mini" bit), the new smartphone drops the 3D camera and packs a lower resolution HD (1280x720 pixels) found in its larger kin, the HTC One M8 (2014).  The dual-LED flash is also dropped.

One feature that is retained from the higher resolution 5 megapixel HD front shooter.  HTC intends to "dominate the selfie market", which it claims accounts for 90 percent of mobile photos in some regions.

It seems questionable that customers would rather have the high-resolution selfies than retaining the slick 3D rear camera for bokeh adjustments or 3D visualization.  But that's the gamble HTC is making.

HTC One mini 2

To be fair it is pretty impressive to see a 5 MP front-facing camera on this budget model as some premium, flagship phones such as the Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KRX:005930) (KRX:005935) Galaxy S5 only has a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera.

The phone also features a "tightened" 4.5-inch display and Sense 6.

HTC One mini

The launch schedule is:
  • Europe, the Middle East and Africa: June 2014
  • Asia: June 2014
  • North America: ?? (no launch plans announced)
HTC CEO Peter Chou states:

The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset.  Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It’s the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact.

HTC One mini 2

Much like the Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone, the phone will be offered in darker metal, silver, and gold -- or "Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold".

A price point has not yet been officially announced for these regions, but is expected to be in the mid-range/budget end.

Source: HTC (press release)

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RE: Can't Wait
By bug77 on 5/15/2014 11:31:58 AM , Rating: 3
Unfortunately, when the phone is smaller, so is the battery. The minis pack about 2000mAh, whereas 5"+ flagships pack about 3000. And flagships last about a day, you wouldn't want anything less. And then there's heat. Arstechnica has already proven the frequencies of flagship CPUs are hogwash; they can only be sustained for a couple of minutes because of heat. Now imagine cramming that into an even tighter body.
To be honest, HTC does have a couple models designed around a dual-core, 1.7GHz CPU (there's a dual SIM available, iirc). I believe those are very sweet deals for anyone not wanting software upgrades in the future.

RE: Can't Wait
By ipay on 5/15/2014 12:05:49 PM , Rating: 2
And flagships last about a day, you wouldn't want anything less.
With my usage, I get 5 to 7 days from my LG G2. My Boarder Patrol agent brother gets 2 to 3 from his; further from towers and more GPS usage.

I do take your point on smaller batteries and heat however. My spec complaint isn't limited to CPUs, and is on the bottom of my list of concerns.

RE: Can't Wait
By BRB29 on 5/15/2014 12:59:24 PM , Rating: 2
I get 5 to 7 days from my LG G2

You've got to be exaggerating or you don't use your phone at all.

RE: Can't Wait
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/15/2014 1:14:10 PM , Rating: 1
With my usage
What part of this did you not understand?

RE: Can't Wait
By momorere on 5/15/2014 2:10:46 PM , Rating: 2
My phone's battery is finally starting to die after 5 years of usage in September. I'm down to 13-14 days PER charge. Granted it is a flip phone with no text or web. I use a phone for talking.

RE: Can't Wait
By ShaolinSoccer on 5/16/2014 12:52:30 AM , Rating: 2
I'm down to 13-14 days PER charge. Granted it is a flip phone with no text or web. I use a phone for talking.

Not sure if anyone knew this but the S5 has an emergency battery mode that sets the screen to black and white and turns off pretty much everything. Fully charged, it can go 15 days.

RE: Can't Wait
By flyingpants1 on 5/15/2014 9:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
You're just making up numbers, this isn't how you test battery life.

RE: Can't Wait
By ipay on 5/16/2014 12:54:52 AM , Rating: 2
Hmmm... If only I documented battery use every time I was about to start a charge cycle... Oh yea, I did...

RE: Can't Wait
By retrospooty on 5/16/2014 8:32:07 AM , Rating: 2
Last years phones have been tested all over the web by dozens and dozens of reviewers. The G2 is absolutely the best of the best in battery life of all smartphones from all makers, Apple, WP, BB, Android, everyone. It is the unanimous winner. Anandtech had a 23.5 hour phone call and one other actually went over 24. Best web browsing battery life too... Best in every category.

That is a lot of different methodology. It doesn't say that you will last 1 or 7 days because its depending on your use, but it does say its the best you can get (at least among the 2013 models).

RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 1:23:47 PM , Rating: 2
2300mah is perfectly fine for a Snapdragon 800.

Without sounding like a broken record here, there is an exception to your opinion.

RE: Can't Wait
By nafhan on 5/15/2014 2:36:10 PM , Rating: 2
Well, smaller battery does not always equal smaller battery life. The "mini" phones from HTC and Samsung tend to have less powerful and less power hungry screens and chips paired with the decreased battery capacity.

We're really going to need to see actual reviews on this thing before you can say something like "2000mAh instead of 3000; it's going to have much worse battery life!" I'm guessing worse, but not by much (depending on usage).

RE: Can't Wait
By bug77 on 5/15/2014 4:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
We're really going to need to see actual reviews on this thing before you can say something like "2000mAh instead of 3000; it's going to have much worse battery life!"

Well, you're a little confused. I wasn't talking about "this thing", but about what happens when you pair top of the line components with a smaller battery (it's what the original poster seemed to be wanting).
And if you're genuinely interested in battery life, is full of battery life tests.

RE: Can't Wait
By nafhan on 5/15/2014 5:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I took "the minis" too literally. I thought you meant phones with the word "mini" in the name such as the the ones I referenced. If that's not what you meant, then I guess we're on the same page.

Also, gsmarena does not have a battery life review of the HTC One Mini 2 up, yet.

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