HTC One Mini Fido 2

Fido Offering Up the HTC One Mini

April 8, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

The original HTC One M7 was such a hit with the critics and customers that HTC decided to release a Mini and Max version as well.  The HTC One Mini is only available on AT&T in the U.S. and now it is moving to Canada on Fido’s network.  It is available on a Smart Plan for $0 on a two-year contract, $150 on a two-year Standard Plan contract, and $400 outright.

The HTC One Mini brings you an aluminum bodied…a smaller, more affordable HTC One, with HTC Zoe, BlinkFeed and HTC BoomSound dual stereo speakers.  This 4.3-inch HD display has a 1280 x 720p resolution using a Super LCD2 type technology.  It is rather ‘under-powered’ by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and 1GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage. The main camera is the same 4MP UltraPixel and it has a 1.6MP Front Facing Camera (FFC) for video chatting and selfies.  The power is provided by an 1800mAh battery and came originally with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Sense 5.0, however it has been since updated to 4.4 KitKat and Sense 5.5.

Calling this a ‘Mini’ and with only a 4.3-inch display, you would think that this would be a much smaller device than the original HTC One – at 5.2-inches tall by 2.5-inches wide by 0.36-inches thick it is only 0.2-inches less in height and width than the original.  In design, they look almost identical even though the HTC One Mini has a plastic rim around the face and spines, making the Mini weigh in at 4.5 ounces vs the 5.0 ounces of the original.

Comparing the two devices side-by-side the Mini’s display pixel density drops to 340ppi (pixels per inch) and the screen is not quite as colorful or bright as the HTC One.  Of course the icons and keyboard seem a bit cramped on the 4.3-inch display, so users with larger fingers may find it somewhat small.  The flash moves from the side to above the camera and the Mini lacks the IR Blaster of the HTC One.  Another change – one I think is for the better – the Micro USB port is at the bottom and the headset jack moves back to the top where I think it belongs.

Let us know what you think about the HTC One Mini going to Fido on our Google+ Page and let us know if you think the Mini is for you – will you be picking one up.