Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Thursday May 15, 2014.
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The heavily leaked and teased HTC One Mini 2 has been made official today by HTC's announcement that the smaller version of its 2014 hero device will soon be available. As we saw with last year's miniaturized version of the One, the One Mini 2 makes the device slightly smaller with a 4.5-inch 720p display. It also lessens the processor to a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400. The phone is more compact and not as powerful because it's not designed to be a top of the line device. It has Android 4.4 with Sense 6, but the lack of a Duo Camera means it doesn't have all of the camera tricks, and some other aspects of Sense 6 are present.
Surprisingly, HTC did provide several high-end features that made their way into the One M8. A 5-megapixel front-facing camera is present, as is a 13-megapixel rear camera. That's right, the One Mini 2 has a larger camera sensor than the 4-megapixel camera in its larger sibling. Both lenses are capable of BSI and 1080p HD video recording, so HTC positions the One Mini 2 as another machine geared toward selfies.
Rounding out the key specs are 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 128GB microSD slot, a 2,100 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and HTC BoomSound dual speakers with amplifiers. The phone uses a nano SIM and is 4G LTE compatible.
The HTC One Mini 2 will go on sale this June in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. There's currently no information on when a North American launch might take place. Colors available at launch are Gunmetal grey, Glacial Silver, and Amber gold.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.