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HTC One Mini review

HTC One Mini
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 380
inc VAT

A great-looking phone with a fantastic screen and smooth operating system. An Android handset with few compromises


Android 4.2.2, 4.3in 1,280×720 display

Like the full-size One, the One Mini has what HTC calls an Ultrapixel camera. This means that, while its sensor captures just four megapixels, each pixel on the sensor can be larger and so capture more light. In low-light conditions, this arrangement certainly pays off; the One Mini produces excellent low-light images, with little noise. However, we weren’t so impressed with its daylight photos, which were hugely overexposed in bright conditions.

HTC One Mini

^ The Ultrapixel camera is impressive in low light

HTC One Mini

^ But overexposes badly in bright conditions


The HTC One has aged pretty well, but prices simply haven’t dropped enough to make this a worthwhile purchase. At around £260 SIM free, and with few good vlaue contract deals to be found, it’s simply been left to rot. You can get a decent modern phone, such as the Moto G 2014 for almost half that amount of money. The handset has been replaced by the newer, but equally dissapointing HTC One Mini 2. Our personal favourite if you’re looking for a smaller Android handset is the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. If none of those fit your needs then check out our regularly-updated Best Smartphones and buying guide.

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Main display size4.3in
Native resolution1,280×720
CCD effective megapixels4.1-megapixel
Internal memory16384MB
Memory card supportnone
Memory card included0MB
Operating frequenciesGSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/1900/2100, 4G 800/1800/2600
Wireless data4G


Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2
Microsoft Office compatibilityWord, Excel, PowerPoint
FM Radioyes
Accessoriesheadphones, data cable, charger
Talk time13 hours
Standby time28.8 days

Buying Information

SIM-free price£380
Price on contract0

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