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HTC One Mini review

A little slice of the world's best mobile phone.

Battery life on the HTC range has always been something of an issue, as the company sought to find a decent balance between the power-hungry skin it placed on top of the native Android OS, and the ability to make its phones do things that make it stand out of the crowd.

The HTC One Mini has been downgraded in terms of battery size to 1800mAh, which is a far cry from the 2300mAh option lobbed into the HTC One. You'd think that with the slower processor, fewer pixels to power and the updated software would give rise to an improvement in the battery.

You'd be wrong.

HTC One Mini review

In the first few days of use, the HTC One Mini performed dreadfully as the Android services (mostly Google apps) seemed stuck on updating, with a double charge needed on the second day. That won't happen in normal use, as every phone needs a couple of battery cycles to get up to full power, but we mention it to allay fear for any new users.

But even in real world use we noted that the battery life wasn't anywhere near stellar. We know HTC has always had a problem with juice seeping out, but the One Mini was an even poorer performer than its bigger brother.

To put that into some real world context: we ran a 90 minute no-HD video from full power, with the One Mini on flight mode and the brightness at around 67% (to mimic the maximum brightness of the Super AMOLED screens on the Samsung phones).

After the video was done, the HTC One Mini was left with 78% battery life. Compare that to the 81% of the HTC One, the 79% of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the 82% of the Galaxy S3, and you can see why the results are disappointing.

We know we're only talking single percentage marks here, but with the connectivity turned on the Mini managed the same test at 73% and with the brightness up full 67%, showing that the screen is quite power hungry, which irks as it's the only way to get a truly impressive video experience.

HTC One Mini review

There is a Power Saving mode on offer that does improve things – flick this on at lunchtime and you'll almost definitely get to the end of the day, but without things like haptic feedback and a fully bright screen.

Sleep mode is also decent, with a drop of only 1-2% overnight with the phone still syncing social networks and emails. So basically if you're frugal with your usage you can easily get away with two days' use on the HTC One Mini – just don't turn the screen on very much.

So to summarise: the camera and watching any video (along with gaming, although this phone isn't set up for such) will harm your battery life the most – and the phone will also get insanely hot during this time as well, so be careful not to overdo things too much when getting excited with your smartphone.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne mini
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution4 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time20.72 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density341 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.6 Megapixel
Height132 mm
Width63.2 mm
Depth9.3 mm
Battery Standby Time692 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne mini Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 400
Product LineOne mini
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HVR006-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing InformationGood things come in small packages. Boasting the award-winning features and design of its larger counterpart, the HTC One mini has a compact 4.3" (10.9cm) display screen and a slimmer build. Its dual frontal stereo speakers, automatically updating home screen and low-light camera come in a premium metal design that's more compact than ever.
  • One-hand usage. 4.3" display screen and narrow build for convenient single-hand operation.
  • Small size. Massive volume. Built-in amps and dual frontal stereo speakers provide surprising volume and richness.
  • Up-to-the-minute in a blink. Home screen refreshes when you wake up your phone. Stay informed with your favourite content at a glance.
Premium Metal Body: Innovated Design
Constructed from polished metal alloy, the HTC One mini features a compact profile that's designed for easy, one-hand use. Its durable construction is shaped to seamlessly conform to your grip and provide on-the-go convenience for your busy life.

HTC BoomSound™: Amplify Everything
Dual frontal stereo speakers project sound at you, not away, for unrivalled sound from a smartphone. Built-in amps enhance everything so you'll experience louder, fuller, richer sound for a more immersive experience. The only thing small about the HTC One mini is its size.

HTC BlinkFeed™: Updates in a Blink
Enjoy a home screen that updates automatically with over 1,400 content partners.* News, sport, blogs, posts and more display on your home screen constantly. Customise your very own HTC BlinkFeed™ and start connecting to the content that matters most.

HTC Zoe™: Your Gallery Brought to Life
Create a living, breathing photo gallery and show off your memories like never before. Your HTC One mini selects the highlights of an event and crafts a stunning 30-second show. No additional software or editing skills needed. Choose your music theme for additional effect, and release your life movie for everyone to enjoy.
Limited Warranty1 Year