HTC's One (M8) has done quite well for the company. It has received rave reviews (including our own
), plenty of commercial time, and it seems that the company's focus on premium design and elegance is starting to pay off in a world dominated by Samsung and Apple. Hot on the heels of the M8 comes this guy: the One mini 2. The naming scheme doesn't exactly flow off of the tongue, but it's still a pretty piece of gadgetry. It's effectively a downsized One (M8), hailed by HTC as "the most grippable Android ever."
It has a 4.5" 720p HD display, Sense 6 laid atop Android
4.4 (KitKat), a 5MP front-facing camera, and the same rigid, premium exterior that we've come to expect from its larger brother. In fact, it'll be available in the same hues (Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold) as the M8, and will start shipping to EMEA and Asia in June. Beyond that, HTC says that you'll have to wait for wider availability and pricing details.
While the exterior remains quite familiar, the interior is changing somewhat. Gone is the UltraPixel camera of the M8, and in is a 13MP rear sensor. The power comes from a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, NFC capabilities, a microSD card slot, and a 2100mAh battery. The One mini 2 loses the IR blaster, Duo camera, and Motion Luanch gestures that the M8 has, but we're led to believe that these cuts will also translate into a lower, more affordable price.
The M8 was a great handset, and HTC is hoping to appeal to those who want a smaller, perhaps less pricey version of that phone. For what it's worth, it feels like the right corners were cut, with nothing too core left out of this new sibling.