HTC launches One mini 2
Vendor flaunts 5MP selfie-friendly front-facer in latest compact from flagship range
Handset vendor HTC today unveiled its One mini 2 compact smartphone, successor to the One mini, which was the first compact model released under the company's flagship One series.
The mini 2, based on the design of the next-generation HTC One (M8), comes with a 4.5-inch HD display, which is a little bigger than its 4.3-inch predecessor. Also included is the now-familiar HTC Sense 6 with HTC BlinkFeed.
While HTC stressed the 5MP front-facing camera, which follows the trend of selfie-friendly sensor setups, the main camera also packs a medium-sized 13MP punch.
"The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset", said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.
"Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It's the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact."
The One mini 2 features the curved back and brushed Gunmetal Gray finish of the HTC One (M8) and is also available in Glacial Silver and Amber Gold.
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The device also features Touch Up for photo enhancements, which applies post-capture effects to smoothen skin, eliminate red eye and adjust the contours of the face. Users can also give selfies a manga-like effect using Touch Up's eye-enhancement feature.
HTC One mini 2 also comes with HTC BoomSound technology and is equipped with the same amplifier as the HTC One (M8), pumping sound through dual-frontal speakers.
HTC BlinkFeed is about turning the home screen into a live stream of the latest news and social updates. According to HTC, the feature aggregates feeds from a growing list of over 1,000 partners.
HTC's own video-sharing app Zoe is also included in the One mini 2, with a Remix function that allows users' followers to add their own photos, videos and soundtracks.
The HTC One mini 2 will be available in EMEA from June 2014. No regional pricing details are available at the time of writing.