HTC decided to go big with its flagship smartphone of 2013, the HTC One, which features a 4.7-inch Full HD display. The handset also ships with a stronger attention to detail in terms of design, by using a seamless anodized aluminum unibody case that looks and feels very high-end. It was the smartphone’s most praised feature. HTC also updated its HTC Sense 5 UI it runs on top of Android, similar to Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
The smartphone still remains one of the best smartphone’s to be released this year. The company then decided to offer an alternative for smartphone users that didn’t want such a large display and launched the HTC One Mini towards the end of August.
The smaller handset followed the same exact design of its larger sibling, the HTC One. The full-aluminum design of the mid-range HTC One Mini made it look and feel very much like a high-end flagship device, but at a mid-range price point. The One Mini also borrowed another of the HTC One’s most beloved features, its HTC BoomSound, which includes front-facing speakers with built-in amplifiers to provide an amazing sound experience.
The HTC One mini features a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 Super LCD3 display with a pixel density of 334 pixels per inch (ppi). The handset runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 and BlinkFeed, and is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit (GPU). HTC has also included 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM.
The smartphone’s camera capabilities consist of a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear camera with HTC Zoe support and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing shooter. Its wireless connectivity includes a 4G LTE radio, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/c/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. The smartphone also packs a 1,800 mAh non-removable battery.
Amazon is offering the AT&T HTC One mini for $0.01 when signing a new 2-year contract, which is a much better deal than the $99.99 AT&T is charging online and in its retail stores.