Another season, another flagship, another mini in tow. Guess we all know the drill but HTC had quite a few decisions to make. To begin with, they went for a bigger screen, placing the mini 2 right between the original and last season's flagship. The UltraPixel camera was dropped for a regular 13MP unit, which looks like a good move judging by our recent experience with the Desire 816.
In fact, the latest mini is quite close to last year's flagship - which more than makes sense - but we bet the first thing on HTC's mind was closing the gap on Sony's Xperia Z1 compact. However, at a price that's uncomfortably close to Ä500, this mini is asking a lot. Let's just say, a better chipset would have been nice at this price point.
Then again, with KitKat right out of the box, the Snapdragon 400 will probably do just fine. Plus, the One mini 2 has something the former flagship and its compact version don't - a memory card slot. The BoomSound stereo speakers on the front are a definite asset too. And the looks and build are something you just can't take away.
Let's look at the rest of the key specs.
The HTC One mini has a lot going for it and there are precious few phones that can make a better first impression. One thing that raises a flag though is price. It would have been difficult to swallow even with the bells and whistles of the One (M8) - in comparison, a Snapdragon 800-powered, water-resistant Xperia Z1 Compact with a 20.7 MP camera will run you much less.
Perhaps the original One is cheaper too where you are, which is doing the One mini 2 no favor - especially considering it's hard to say which one's the mini in that pair. The honeymoon will soon be over and HTC wouldn't want potential buyers, who are always looking around anyway, to start fooling around.
Sony already has an alternative that's tough to resist and Samsung won't take long either. The One mini 2 has character to spare - there's no doubt about it - but can it keep your attention once it has it?