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HTC One Mini will launch in August

The One has been very successful for HTC and is currently available in 181 countries and on over 583 mobile networks around the world. One of the few complaints about the HTC One is that the device is too large to fit comfortably into a pocket and HTC has answered that complaint with the new One Mini.
 
Features include:
  • 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 Processor
  • 1GB system RAM
  • 4.3" 720p display
  • 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and an LTE radio
  • 1800 mAh battery
  • 4MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.2.2
The HTC one measures 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm and weighs 4.3 ounces.


"We are proud to be behind the market's leading smartphone and now, with the addition of the HTC One mini, the best smartphone family in the world," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. "The HTC One mini embodies everything that makes the HTC One a success on a smaller but equally eye-catching scale."

The HTC One Mini is available in glacial silver or stealth black colors. Like its slightly bigger brother, the body of the phone is made from aluminum and the device has a slim profile with tapered edges. HTC’s BoomSound feature gives the device dual front stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier for improved sound quality. The phone also has integrated Beats Audio technology.

The device will launch in select markets in August, confirming previous rumors, and will begin a global rollout in September with pricing unannounced.

Source: Street Insider



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Bezel! My enemy!
By karimtemple on 7/18/2013 8:46:19 AM , Rating: 1
Button/bezel problem persists. Saddening. Maddening. Come on, HTC.

I couldn't stand the giant button band making the phone way bigger than it had to be when I first saw the HTC One. When someone told me the "HTC" symbol wasn't even a button, I burst into incredulous laughter.




RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By bug77 on 7/18/2013 9:28:58 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
...making the phone way bigger than it had to be...


I'm pretty sure it has to be this big. Bezels are just a way of making the phone as large as needed to hold all the internals.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By karimtemple on 7/18/2013 10:05:25 AM , Rating: 2
This would be a decent argument if there was no such thing as a phone smaller than the One, lol. But yeah, maybe you're right and they were constrained by the front-speaker setup or the camera or something.

I still hate it. I love the One, but this single thing messes up my head lol. I refuse to believe there's nothing they could've done.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By bug77 on 7/18/2013 10:25:32 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This would be a decent argument if there was no such thing as a phone smaller than the One


With comparable specs? I can't name one off the top of my head.
Remember, manufacturers have opted to remove radio and microSD card support just to save some space. It's really crowded in there.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By aliasfox on 7/18/2013 10:49:48 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone 5 has comparable specs in a 4" package. If I recall, the iPhone 5's CPU is still upper-midrange competitve (with the Nexus 4), and the GPU is competitive with Adreno 320 (Snapdragon 600), which is the best the Android world can offer right now as far as I know.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By bug77 on 7/18/2013 11:43:12 AM , Rating: 2
It is a little smaller, but it sacrifices 25% battery capacity for that. And my point wasn't that the One mini is as small as it gets, just that phones having comparable specs aren't usually much smaller.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By aliasfox on 7/18/2013 11:55:07 AM , Rating: 2
Smaller battery, but has some of the better battery life out there according to Anandtech. It's all a matter of efficiency.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By retrospooty on 7/18/2013 12:41:13 PM , Rating: 2
It's using a CPU with 1/2 the cores, and clocked lower as well... Also, the GPU is far slower as well, so it should be pretty efficient. Also, sufficient for most people. 2 cores@1.4ghz runs Android fine if the carrier doesnt bloat it out (cough Samsung cough)


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By aliasfox on 7/18/2013 2:39:56 PM , Rating: 2
That only matters if the performance isn't there. Based on Anandtech's benchmarks (I scanned the Nexus 4 review as well as the S4 review before I first posted), the iPhone 5 actually delivers competitive performance, regardless of its decidedly mid-end spec (by mid 2013 standards). In fact, the GPU is rarely out of the top 5 in any test.

Based on the CPU results in Anandtech's S4 review ( can't post because DT thinks it's spam... funny. ), the iPhone 5 is at best comparable to an S4, and at worst only slightly slower than the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 isn't a top of the line phone, but it still has specs that are better than the One mini.

Based on the GPU results in the same S4 review, the iPhone 5 is able to outrun the Adreno 320 in 4 out of 5 offscreen (read: all 1080p) tests.

The battery life numbers in the same review show that the iPhone is usually right behind the RAZR MAXX in all but talk time.

I know the iPhone 5 isn't on most DT readers' radar, but the performance and battery life numbers are still (nearly 1 yr after it debuted) decidedly in the upper end range of the spectrum. It's simply shameful that no other manufacturer is able to create a phone in the same size class as the iPhone 5 while retaining its level of performance or battery life.

Btw, 'size class' is a loose definition, given that the One mini has 40% greater volume than the iPhone 5. This is based only on screen size.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By retrospooty on 7/19/2013 10:40:32 AM , Rating: 2
I was probably not following the thread clearly... I was comparing the One mini the the One standard when I said it has 1/2 the cores and a far lesser GPU, so it should consume alot less power than the One standard.

The iPhone has its merits... If the ton of missing features aren't features you want, and you like small phones with less resolution and DPI than the competition, its a great phone. Fast as hell and super efficient.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By Stuka on 7/18/2013 11:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
Last I checked, the iPhone 5 had a giant lower bezel to accommodate, of all things, a mechanical button, so irrelevant to this discussion.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By aliasfox on 7/19/2013 10:56:14 AM , Rating: 2
He/she asked for a phone with better specs/performance in a similar size class. That was all I was pointing out. Whether or not you like the physical button is irrelevant.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By retrospooty on 7/18/2013 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
" Bezels are a cheap and lazy way of making the phone as large as needed to hold all the internals."

FTFY =)


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By superflex on 7/18/2013 9:37:22 AM , Rating: 2
You still Mad Brian Klug awarded the One an Anandtech Editor's Choice Award?
I haven't seen that award for any other phone, including whatever you carry around with one,three or four buttons.
Yes, two buttons are idiotic, but one, three and four are genius.
Got it.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By chripuck on 7/18/2013 9:50:07 AM , Rating: 1
The plasticky, cheap feeling S4 has a single low profile button. The rest are on screen buttons. Even the iPhone has a higher screen to phone size ratio and it has that stupid large round button.

The One is otherwise a beautiful phone with a great camera and half decent Android skin, but it's not perfect.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By superflex on 7/18/2013 3:33:46 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Ortanon - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link
Button/bezel problem persists. Saddening. Maddening. Come on, HTC.
I couldn't stand the giant button band making the phone way bigger than it had to be when I first saw the HTC One. When someone told me the "HTC" symbol wasn't even a button, I burst into incredulous laughter.xt


Looks Like karintemple likes to troll AT too with his/her/its multiple Samsung provided identities. Page 3 of the comments over there.
Go away troll.


RE: Bezel! My enemy!
By karimtemple on 7/18/2013 4:13:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Page 3 of the comments over there.
lol, Watch out for Columbo over here, unlocking the conspiracies of the Internet. Yes, I have a login at more than one website.


In what universe...
By Motoman on 7/18/2013 10:58:11 AM , Rating: 3
...is a 4.3" phone a "mini?"

Yeah sure...everybody's selling 5" phones now. But if you took a survey of what consumers actually *own* and are using right now...you'd probably come up with an average screen size of maybe 4".

I don't mind that they're creating a different size of their product for differentiation. I just find the label to ludicrous. A "mini" something should be, you know, smaller than the norm. Not bigger. If it was a 3" screen, then they could get away with "mini."




RE: In what universe...
By daboom06 on 7/18/2013 11:15:08 AM , Rating: 4
along those lines--someone should change the name of the minigun. it's far larger than the average pistol.


RE: In what universe...
By daboom06 on 7/18/2013 11:15:36 AM , Rating: 2
\sarcasm


RE: In what universe...
By Reclaimer77 on 7/18/2013 11:54:07 AM , Rating: 2
The times are changing. Aside from iPhone users (and they don't count), nobody is rocking 4" screens anymore.

But there is no "norm" here. HTC is saying this is smaller than the full sized One. That's how I took it.


RE: In what universe...
By retrospooty on 7/18/2013 12:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
"In what universe...is a 4.3" phone a "mini?"

In this one, right here, where you live.

"A "mini" something should be, you know, smaller than the norm. Not bigger. If it was a 3" screen, then they could get away with "mini.""


the "norm" is 4.7 to 5 inches now, so 4.3 is mini. What you are looking for is Micro, or possibly Nano.


RE: In what universe...
By Motoman on 7/18/2013 1:20:46 PM , Rating: 3
No, the norm isn't 4.7 to 5". That's the maximum - which is considerably different than the norm.

The norm would be what the average is amongst the general population. So...count up the 3 billion or so smartphones currently in use in the world and average out their screen size.

Is the average screen size, in use today, 4.7 to 5"? No. It's probably 4" or less. Hence, for someone to credibly use the term "mini" for a smartphone, realistically you'd have to be notably smaller than 4".


RE: In what universe...
By retrospooty on 7/18/2013 1:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
"No, the norm isn't 4.7 to 5". That's the maximum - which is considerably different than the norm."

How is that the maximum? There are millions of 5.5 inch Notes2
s and there are even larger models from Sony and Samsung, as a few smaller payers that are well over 6 inches.

Anyhow, as far as a name, its simple. It's an HTC One, smaller than the regular One therefore its called mini. If its still too big for you, dont buy it.


RE: In what universe...
By Motoman on 7/18/2013 1:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, and now you're stretching into "phablet" range to try to prove your misbegotten point.

It's a stupid moniker because of the obvious reason I've stated, and if you want to continue to pretend it isn't then go ahead. This is more effort than it's worth.


RE: In what universe...
By retrospooty on 7/18/2013 4:25:22 PM , Rating: 2
I dunno man,. "phablet" isnt even a thing... It's just a mashed word someone made up. Goto any carrier website and lookup smartphones. You will see the Note 2's and such there... but you are right, it's not worth arguing over what its called. It is what it is. buy what you like and pass on the rest.


RE: In what universe...
By Rukkian on 7/18/2013 4:37:45 PM , Rating: 2
You are using history to prove your point in an industry that is changing fast.

The correct metric would be of all (non-iphones)that are for sale now, this is a mini device. Go into any cell phone store and look through the smart phones for sale, this will definitely be one of the smallest. This is right there with the S3 mini as well.


RE: In what universe...
By flyingpants1 on 7/19/2013 3:43:34 AM , Rating: 2
It's supposed to be the mini-flagship or premium model. Get it?


Mini...
By Omega215D on 7/18/2013 12:20:34 PM , Rating: 2
Finally a smaller phone that doesn't go back to the 480 x 800 resolution like a lot of the other mini phones tend to do.




RE: Mini...
By hybrid2d4x4 on 7/23/2013 10:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
Except it's not really much smaller than the full-sized giant: only 5mm smaller in each direction, and still quite a bit taller than comparable 4.3-4.7" phones. By comparison, the S4 mini is 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm versus this "mini's" 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm. If you look at a pic showing this thing beside the full-size One, it's barely smaller. I'm in the market for a smaller phone, but unless the price is sensible (unlike the S4m), I wouldn't consider it anymore due to those dimensions.


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