News by Luke Jones on Monday May 04, 2015.
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The HTC One Mini 2 is barely a year old but today the Taiwanese company dropped a huge bombshell by saying the handset WILL NOT be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop. In a tweet HTC said that Lollipop and the One Mini 2 would not provide an optimum experience, without elaborating on quite why that is. That leaves the device back on good old KitKat.
We determined that Lollipop on the One Mini 2 will not provide an optimal experience; it isn't scheduled to receive the update.The tweet was sent out by HTC's Mo Verzi and when we think about it, this is an astonishing decision from HTC and could mean the company has lost faith in the Mini handsets. Launched last year (one year ago yesterday), the One Mini 2 was launched as a smaller and watered down version of the flagship One M8. It is a device that has been criticized for just capitalizing on a flagship brand with lower specs. However, HTC and indeed other top manufacturers typically support higher end devices for two years, the One Mini 2 falls into that bracket. There are now consumers out there who have a solid smartphone that is less than a year old, but will not be getting new software support. It is worth noting that HTC has done things like this before and then changed its mind, so give it a few weeks to see if the company reverses its decision.
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 micro SD 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.
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