HTC Mini+ wraps calls, a TV remote, and a laser in one

August 30, 2013 5:57 PM PDT / Updated: September 2, 2013 9:13 PM PDT

If you're too busy using your HTC smartphone to play games or browser the Web, the phone-maker has come up with a rather...unusual solution for taking a call that doesn't throw you off your groove: an accessory that answers calls for you.

The HTC Mini+ follows the HTC Mini before it (not to be confused with the HTC One Mini smartphone) in this endeavor, using Bluetooth to field calls, view texts and e-mails, and trigger your phone's camera from a distance.

This time, the Mini+ also adds an IR blaster to function as a remote control for Power Point presentations and TV, and a laser pointer.

Outfitted with a bite-size 1.5-inch 128x128-pixel OLED screen, the Mini+ is a surprisingly large device that stands 4.7 inches tall by 1.6 inches wide and 0.3 inch deep. For now, the Mini+ works with the HTC One Mini, HTC Butterfly S , HTC Desire 200, and HTC Desire 500.

You'll see it in certain markets for about $84 -- and 54 British pounds, though I wouldn't expect to find it dangling on a peg in your local carrier store.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.