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First Look: The hand-friendly HTC One Mini

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First Look: The hand-friendly HTC One Mini

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The HTC One Mini sports the same sleek metal body as its brother, but has a smaller 4.3-inch display.

I'm Andrew Hall for CNET and I'm here with the HTC One Mini. It's a sleek all-metal Android phone. It's a little easier to slip into your pocket. Now as the name suggests, the Mini is smaller than the previous HTC One. Its screen measures 4.3 inches which is knocking [unk].4 inches off the full-size model. [unk] not might seem like much, but it actually makes it much more comfortable to hold in one hand. In terms of its design, it's not that much different from the full-sized version. You'll see, it still has a full metal construction and it feels just as luxurious here as it did on the previous model. On the front of the same 2 boom sound speakers-- now this gave a really full sound for a phone on the last one, so hopefully they'll give just as good performance here. Now the screen resolution has been knocked down to 720p, but the smaller size means it doesn't take as many pixels to cram in to make it look as sharp. I've only had a brief [unk] on so far, but it already looks quite good. It's powered by a dual rather than quad core processor, but Qualcomm reckons that it can still give very good performance. We'll have to wait until the full review to see how it really stacks up. It comes with even latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software. Now, its big brother has just seen an update to the latest version, so it is good to see that this will be launching with the latest software on board. You'll see the same HTC sense software with the big minimalist tiles in the menus and the blink feed scrolling news panel on your home screen. Around the back you'll see the same 4 megapixel camera. Now HTC reckons that the individual pixels have been made physically larger which theoretically gives better image quality overall. Now I was very impressed with this tech on the normal HTC One, so fingers crossed, it will be able to get at least comparable performance. So if the HTC One Mini doesn't have the same key specks as its big brother, it does have a sleek design, a great interface and it's a lot more pocket friendly. There's no word on pricing yet, but hopefully we'll be getting a midrange price to match for specks when it launches them to UK in August. I'm Andrew Hall for CNET and this is the HTC One Mini.

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