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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 atechfan on 5/15/2014 12:22:08 PM , Rating: 1
Of course you don't get my point. Not my fault you are lacking in IQ. I'll spell it out. You seem to think you need a large phone to have high-end specs. I pointed out an example that showed you are wrong. Apple doesn't need a large phone to put in a high end processor. There is nothing, other than Apple just being Apple, stopping them from increasing the res without adding to the phone size either.

So know you are saying you are not personally defending the phone, yet your opening statement, the very first post in the replies, was challenging anyone to find a reason not to buy it. The ever famous reclaimer backpedaling again.


RE: Can't Wait
By Reclaimer77 on 5/15/2014 12:24:39 PM , Rating: 1
You know what, this was perfectly fine until you showed up. Everyone BUT you gets this.

You STILL don't get it, just take a space taxi back to planet iDiot.


RE: Can't Wait
By atechfan on 5/15/2014 12:29:43 PM , Rating: 2
What, you still think you are going to "run me off the site"?


RE: Can't Wait
By Reclaimer77 on 5/15/2014 12:39:31 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
What, you still think you are going to "run me off the site"?


I love that you keep bringing that up when we had shook hands THAT day and supposedly buried the hatchet.

My mistake, I assumed I was dealing with a man and not a little boy who holds grudges for months while pretending to accept my apology to my face.


RE: Can't Wait
By retrospooty on 5/16/2014 3:47:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's very clear he is trying to overcompensate. You have proven him wrong so many times, he is now in "gotcha" mode trying to get you in any way he can. Unfortunately, that leaves him with twisting words and meanings and some pretty wild misinterpretations of plain English... I get the feeling he is just "chomping at the bit" to try and prove you wrong in any way he can. LOL. It's actually quite funny to watch.


RE: Can't Wait
By Spuke on 5/15/2014 12:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You STILL don't get it, just take a space taxi back to planet iDiot.
LMFAO


RE: Can't Wait
By EasyC on 5/15/2014 12:34:36 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing "high end" about the 5/5s was the processor. It still had the 1GB of ram, overrated camera, and less-than-hd display.

I don't consider the iPhone to be a "premium" phone because it doesn't have the same capability (aside from SoC) of what the market bears as "premium".

They can certainly change that, but are still stuck to silly resolutions because of a dumb design decision at the beginning of iOS.


RE: Can't Wait
By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2014 8:45:08 AM , Rating: 2
The only thing premium about the iPhone is the price.

And yes, I use an iPhone every day now, I know what I'm talking about all too well.

I honestly don't see what is supposed to be so impressive about the platform. People are just so into being hipsters or being part of the Cult of Mac, they don't seem to care about the device itself.


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