The first iteration of the mini flagship One series last year, I liked it a little more than full. Yes, the price is too high, yes, plastic inserts instead of metal, but it was very uni device for users of any level. In the same year, the situation has not changed much, the same plastic on the sides, added some disadvantages in terms of ergonomics, the appearance generally improved. HTC One mini 2 will still cause positive emotions almost everyone. And all the details under the cut.
Design and Ergonomics – HTC One mini 2
Unfortunately, despite the fact that it is a mini-version of the flagship (dare I say it) a huge frame around the display is still there. The flagship they seemed prohibitively large, and here they are even more. In this vein, very appropriate to recall the “framework conversation”. In fact, the device is quite thick, but it is not evident from the fact that the back side is rounded off by hand. After the size of the biggest problem of this case – the lock button, which carried on the left side of the upper face, making it very difficult to use every day gadget. In addition to buttons, which still seems a little loose, to the top and put a headset jack.
Bottom – jack MicroUSB, left – tray nanoSIM-card, right – to microSD (by the way, up to 128 GB) and volume control buttons.
The front of the display – the protective glass Gorilla Glass 3 with good oleophobic coating, which allows you to collect a minimum of dirt on the display, branded stereo BoomSound, one of which disappeared notification light, sensors and front camera. Rear – Microphone, Flash and peephole in the main camera.
In general, drop all prejudices and attacks in the hand unit is cool, and it’s one of those devices that can be like at first sight. Assembly, not counting the sway of the lock button, perfect, body materials over bonuses, and most importantly – many in the shower. Strongly influenced by the first impressions and paint display, which now and we’ll talk.
4.5-inch display is made by technology Super LCD2, has HD resolution, and it is 326 pixels per inch, exactly the same as in the new iPhone 6. Paints display for the first impressions of the device are equivalent body materials and ease of placement in the hand. So with that here, things are great, set the matrix to match the appearance. A picture that the user sees, is fully consistent with hand feel, where you are holding it. The minimum air gap, almost the maximum viewing angles, sharp colors, good brightness and adequate supply of automatic backlight adjustment. Display is great to read in sunlight, black color looks natural, white only slightly chilly. To be honest, full of happiness is not enough support for the work gloves.
Camera – HTC One mini 2
Module, this time only one main camera – 13 MP. At this time the company decided to abandon ultrapikselnoy or second chamber than a good poberegli our nerves. Set the camera setup is similar to that in the flagship, and user presets can be stored in a separate profile and include it if necessary. Profiles may be several. Nicely implemented manual mode, in which, in addition to white balance, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, you can manually play with the focus, which means that you can take a picture of some small objects which autofocus does not see. The manufacturer calls high-aperture optics, do not say, that it was like something visible, but the photos are pretty decent, especially the detail. There are some minor errors in the white balance, but it is unlikely to be a problem for someone. Video written in FullHD, but uncomfortable that you need to write to switch between modes. The main camera with eye impressive size has a matrix 5 MP, unlike frontalki in the flagship model, here is devoid of a wide-angle camera. But she really can give odds to the same camera key competitors.
Specifications, autonomy and software – HTC One mini 2
The heart of the device is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 400 running at 1.2 GHz, the graphics – Adreno 305. not impressive, is not it? This is fact and not a flagship, so drool flowing from performance alone, but they suffice for, dare I say it, a great work, not only the interface, but also quite demanding games. Small slowdown at high load there is little, and the fps is not sags. This is one of those cases where the synthetic tests nothing say. Operation of the device can be described as “the level of champions.” Not without a fly in the ointment – RAM 1 GB total, and things like restart of browser windows when multitasking, unfortunately, occur.
Mass storage – 16 GB. The device is running an operating system Android 4.4.2 with a proprietary shell Sense 6.0, long familiar to all, and, as always, nice work. But the good news is that HTC promises to upgrade to a mini-flagship Android L until the end of this year. From the firmware of the device sawed gesture support on the locked screen. Battery capacity – 2100 mAh battery, and the device is not enough. With HTC One mini 2 will have to think about the battery during the day, so that in the games themselves better to restrict, and then until the late evening it survives even in active use. If the figures, the charge it holds about 5.5 hours of HD-video playback at maximum brightness.
Conclusion – HTC One mini 2
HTC One mini 2 fans should evaluate the brand, it’s a good smartphone for all parameters. But among fans of compact devices and miniflagmanov should raise questions. Despite the prefix mini, the device is not the most compact in the class, mostly due to the rather large frames around the display, makes the situation a little bit that the back side is rounded, so keep it in your hand yet comfortable, but to get the lock button hard, aggravates the situation is that its located to the left on the top. In general, the HTC One mini 2 is very attractive, but a more detailed analysis in this price category, you can find the HTC One mini 2, and more interesting. As of today, the price tag devices almost got up to $ 500.
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