Verizon may have been the last major US service provider to carry last year’s HTC One (M7), but things are a little different now that it’s 2014. Verizon managed to stock the HTC One (M8) in retail stores several weeks before the competition and now big red is the first to offer a variant of the HTC One mini 2 in the US. But seeing as Verizon likes to do things differently, the phone is being sold as the HTC One Remix and the HTC logo which typically sits right below the screen has been swapped with Verizon’s. Fortunately, those are the only two things that Verizon mucked up. The heart and soul of the HTC One mini 2 is still intact.
The HTC One Remix packs a decent punch considering that it’s $100 when purchased with a two-year contract. The handset is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot for an additional 128GB music and media storage, 4.5-inch 720p display, 13-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 2,100 mAh battery.
Based on its specs alone, no one will be confusing the HTC One Remix with this year’s flagship smartphones, but we guarantee that most people will be surprised the phone’s performance and feel once they get their hands on it. The display is gorgeous with great viewing angles, and the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor has enough power to run Asphalt 8 and other graphics-intensive games with ease.
Just like last year’s HTC One mini, the HTC One Remix is constructed with an aluminum chassis with polycarbonate inserts along its edges. The phone feels solid and its subtle curves make it easy to hold and operate with one hand. The HTC One Remix is arguably the best built mid-range phone currently on the market.
Taking pictures with the HTC One Remix is enjoyable. The 13-megapixel sensor in the main camera is responsive and captures a lot of detail during the day. Low-light performance isn’t spectacular when compared with the HTC One (M8) or the Samsung Galaxy S5, but the same can be said for most other mid-range smartphones. Fortunately, the 5-megapixel selfie cam on the front of the HTC One Remix boosts the handset’s optical prowess up a few notches. Images from the front-facing camera are incredible, even when compared to most of today’s flagship phones.
After using the HTC One Remix for nearly a week, we’re definitely impressed. The phone isn’t on the same playing field as the HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G3, but it does stack up nicely when compared to other phone in its price range. We’re not quite ready to give you our final verdict on the HTC One Remix, though; for that, you’ll have to check back in a few weeks for our full review.
What’s your take on the HTC One Remix from Verizon?