HTC One Mini Review: Meet Junior: Controls, Battery Life

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Controls

The front of the HTC One mini follows the established design used by the regular One and the Butterfly S. The whole front panel is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3, which is the latest generation of the protective glass, and should do a nice job of keeping scratches away or at least create them less visible.

There are two capacitive keys below the classy screen - Back and Home - and a speaker on either side of the display. Next to the top speaker is the front-facing capturing camera (1.6MP / 720p) along with proximity and ambient light sensors.





BoomSound speakers above and below the display • two capacitive keys

With Android version 4.2.2 you can long press the Home key to activate the Menu, instead of having an on-classy screen button that eats into the usable classy screen space. The HTC One got this as an update, but the mini stayed in the R&D lab long enough to acquire it out of the box (actually, it was part of the pre-release software for the One too, until HTC decided to rego it).

The top of the HTC One mini features the Power/Lock key (sorry, no IR function this time around), the 3.5mm audio jack and one of the two mics. The bottom of the phone holds the second mic along with the microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (note that this port isn't MHL-enabled like on the HTC One).






3.5mm audio jack, Power/Lock key and the secondary mic • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port and mic

The two mics are used for stereo recording in videos but work with Sense Voice too. This feature keeps track of how loud the environment is during a call and ups the gain on the mic to create sure the other side can hear you.

The left side of the One mini is where the microSIM card tray goes. The correct side has two volume buttons instead of a single rocker key, an uncommon design.






microSIM card tray • volume buttons

We acquire to the back. Aluminum spans the entire surface (save for two thin plastic strips) and comes in either naked metallic grey or in painted black (at launch anyway, we might see a Red version later on). The capturing camera and its flash are the main points of interest on the back, but the Beats Audio logo reminds you that the phone provides a high-discontinue audio experience.

Anyway, back to the camera. It has a 1/3" UltraPixel sensor with 4MP resolution (16:9 aspect ratio). UltraPixel refers to the larger than usual pixels on the sensor - 2 microns on a side, bigger than the standard 1.4 micron and 1.1 micron pixels in most other cameras.

The extra large pixels, the backside Illuminated (BSI) sensor design and the quick F/2.0 lens promise remarkable low-light performance. The Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash can be fired in one out of five power levels, depending on how close you are to your subject.




The back holds the UltraPixel camera, Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and the two logos

The capturing camera on the HTC One mini uses the same ImageChip 2 as the gigantic One. This chip handles a lot of the special processing needed by the capturing camera (so the less powerful chipset shouldn't matter), including recording 3 second videos each time you hold a photo in Zoe mode. These videos are stitched into cool 30 second Video highlights. The chip also records what is necessary for the Always Smile and Object Removal options.

What's missing is the Optical Image Stabilization - outside the flagship Nokia Lumia phones, the HTC One was the only phone to offer it. It remains its exclusive feature though as even the gigantic HTC Butterfly S doesn't have it.

Battery life

The HTC One mini features a 1,800 mAh battery, which helped it achieve an endurance rating of 40h in our test. That's not a particularly remarkable score, but it still means you will be able to go through a day of usage with no trouble.



HTC One mini battery test scorecard

You can find the complete breakdown of the One mini battery performance over here in our blog.


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