Jul 18 AT 10:37 AM Nick Gray 5 Comments

Sizing up the HTC One mini

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The idea of the HTC One mini is incredible. A smaller, mid-range device with the same look and feel as the HTC One will certainly be appealing to those who simply can’t handle larger phones. But does the HTC One mini actually live up to it’s name? The HTC One mini’s 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm size isn’t exactly small. In fact, the HTC One mini is only 3.9% shorter, 7.3% less wide and a mere 0.5% thinner than the HTC One.

So, the HTC One mini isn’t really mini at all. When the HTC EVO 4G was introduced, it was the largest Android phone to hit the market, measuring 122 x 66 x 13mm. Yes, it was wider and much thicker than the HTC One mini, but it was shorter by a good 10mm. While the HTC One mini isn’t exactly small when compared to the HTC One, the 4.3-inch display will make the device a lot more manageable with one-handed use.

Do you think the HTC One mini is small enough? How small should a phone be before OEMs are allowed to classify it as a “mini” device?

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This is a good sized device for those who don’t want ginormous phones although I do wish it was a little shorter (top to bottom). I’m VERY interested in getting my hands on one of these guys though!

  • R.S

    If the picture posted above comparing the HTC One and its mini counterpart is to scale, the size difference does not seem worth the lower specs. At least not to me!

    Considering that the mini will probably not be much cheaper than the full size One, this makes it less worthwhile just have a slightly smaller phone.

    • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

      I think the Mini should come to us at ~$250-300 off contract. Not saying I think it will, just that it should. I’d totally consider getting my wife one if it did! These ~4.8 phones are just too larger for her – our old Droid X we have laying around seems tiny in comparison!

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Doubtful. On-contract pricing will probably sit at $100 while full retail price for the HTC One mini will sit at around $400. The lesser equipped HTC One SV with 8GB of storage, slower processor and 800 x 480 pixel 4.3-inch display sells for roughly $300 off contract.

  • donger

    One Mini looking good.

  1. This is a good sized device for those who don’t want ginormous phones although I do wish it was a little shorter (top to bottom). I’m VERY interested in getting my hands on one of these guys though!

  2. If the picture posted above comparing the HTC One and its mini counterpart is to scale, the size difference does not seem worth the lower specs. At least not to me!

    Considering that the mini will probably not be much cheaper than the full size One, this makes it less worthwhile just have a slightly smaller phone.

    • I think the Mini should come to us at ~$250-300 off contract. Not saying I think it will, just that it should. I’d totally consider getting my wife one if it did! These ~4.8 phones are just too larger for her – our old Droid X we have laying around seems tiny in comparison!

      • Doubtful. On-contract pricing will probably sit at $100 while full retail price for the HTC One mini will sit at around $400. The lesser equipped HTC One SV with 8GB of storage, slower processor and 800 x 480 pixel 4.3-inch display sells for roughly $300 off contract.

  3. One Mini looking good.