Aug 04 AT 8:43 AM Nick Gray 4 Comments

A first look at the HTC One Remix for Verizon

htc-one-remix-1-1024x576

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.

htc-one-remix-3-700x394

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?

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.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • Matt Coopersmith

    Finally, a decent sounding smartphone for people who don’t want to carry around a phablet! The specs aren’t the top of the line I realize, but with today’s technology, it’s a sacrifice you have to make for a reasonably sized smartphone. Personally, I think a 4.5″ screen size is perfect. I use my smartphone mosty for texting, internet browsing, calling, and using various apps. That screen size is more than large enough to make those tasks easy to do (I had an HTC Rezound for a while and the screen size was in that “perfect” range at 4.3″). Hopefully one of the big comanies will give us one of those “powerhouse” smartphones in a convenient size. I mean, it has to stop somewhere, right?

  • J

    I’ve been waiting for a sub-5 inch Android phone, so was glad to see a “mini” phone. It’s a nice looking phone, but I don’t know what they think I’ll do with those speakers. I’d rather lose one and have a shorter phone. My Verizon store has it for $149 with the M8 at $99. I think I’ll wait until Best Buy has it to see if they have a better offer.

  • David

    I liked the small form vs. the big phones of today. The phone worked great and was fast. The only real problem is that the cell signal and even wifi seemed to be much weaker than my other phones and tablets. It was very disappointing so I returned the phone and onto the next one.

  • J.Womack

    I’ve been waiting for this smaller form factor and was very pleased when it came out, but VZW really p****s me off with the proprietary colorways. OK, so plaster VZW all over it. Fine. Call it something different. Fine. Why do they only release the worst color(s)? These silver phones are too 90s. I’ve always preferred a dark if not black handset. At LEAST offer it in the same charcoal/graphite as the M8. The silver with white plastic is just too bright to have that as the only option.