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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 EasyC on 5/15/2014 11:44:47 AM , Rating: 2
Sony Z1 Compact.

Snapdragon 800
2GB Ram
SD Slot
20.7MP Camera
Plenty of battery life.

All in the same size of a Moto X.

I hotspot my phone on LTE for around 3 hours per day, send a couple hundred texts, 1-2 phone calls, article browsing, pictures, and still average 40-50% after 15hrs off the charger.

RE: Can't Wait
By Reclaimer77 on 5/15/2014 11:48:04 AM , Rating: 2
I remember when the Z1 Compact was announced right here on Daily Tech. People said the EXACT same things about it. It's a joke, it doesn't have this, it doesn't have that, why is this this way, why doesn't Android have good small phones!!?? etc etc etc.

I know the Z1 Compact is a damn nice phone. But I'm not the problem here.

RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 11:50:23 AM , Rating: 2
Oh Ok, Sony has zero marketing so I wasn't sure if you just didn't know about it...

RE: Can't Wait
By Spuke on 5/15/2014 12:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
The Z1 Compact is the answer to pretty much those two people that want big hardware with a small screen. Unfortunately, I don't think it's sold in the US. Another thing, if it's the same size as a Moto X, why not just get a Moto X? Or are you two wanting something physically smaller than the Moto X?

RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 1:08:31 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I live in the US and own one. They sell them on Amazon or Newegg and a few other retailers.

In fact I migrated from a Moto X to a Z1 Compact.

I like the Moto X's AMOLED screen better, but the Z1 is easier to use one handed. Its much faster, has expandable storage, better build quality, MUCH better camera, a camera shutter button, is waterproof, better battery life, FM radio, and does MirrorLink.

Sooo... that would be a good reason to get a Z1C over a MotoX. I liked my MotoX, but it just didn't satisfy everything I want out of a daily device.

RE: Can't Wait
By Spuke on 5/15/2014 2:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I live in the US and own one. They sell them on Amazon or Newegg and a few other retailers.
Thanks for the reply and info about availability of the Z1C. Mirrorlink capability is nice too.

RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 2:48:26 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, it actually does full OS mirroring on a 602BT. Plug in the USB cable, wait a couple seconds, and your phone is on your head unit.

RE: Can't Wait
By bug77 on 5/15/2014 12:47:17 PM , Rating: 2
Except, it's not small. It's only a bit smaller than the Nexus 5, but it has a much smaller screen.

RE: Can't Wait
By Reclaimer77 on 5/15/2014 12:49:10 PM , Rating: 2
By today's standards, yes, that IS small.

RE: Can't Wait
By Spuke on 5/15/2014 12:52:12 PM , Rating: 2
Are you looking for iPhone dimensions? Curious.

RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 1:21:39 PM , Rating: 2
iPhone 5s: 124*59*8 (mm)
Z1C: 127*65*10 (mm)
N5: 138*69*9

So yes, it's small. It's closer to iPhone size than nexus 5 size....

RE: Can't Wait
By bug77 on 5/15/2014 1:28:01 PM , Rating: 2
iPhone 5s: 124*59*8=58,528 cu mm
Z1C: 127*65*10=82,550 cu mm
N5: 138*69*9=85,698 cu mm

It's much closer to the N5. Plus, it's probably larger than any other 4.3" screen phone.

RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 1:30:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ergononmically speaking, it's closer to an iPhone than a nexus 5. 70mm is pretty wide to use one handed.

The thickness matter much less, and skews the results here.

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