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HTC One Mini 2 is a minor metal marvel (pictures)

HTC has taken the luscious metal body of its flagship mobile and reduced it to a slightly more pocketable size.

Andrew Lanxon
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Although it doesn't carry the M8 name, the HTC One Mini 2 is the shrunken little brother to HTC's flagship One M8.

It keeps the same gorgeous metal design, but it has a smaller 4.5-inch display.

It's due to hit stores globally on 29 May, although HTC is yet to confirm pricing.

Read our full hands-on first take of the HTC One Mini 2.

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There's no mistaking that design -- it looks almost identical to the top-end One M8, only without the depth-sensor lens.

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It wouldn't be an HTC without the two front-facing BoomSound speakers.

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The speakers are physically smaller than the One M8's, but they should still kick out a decent volume.

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They fire towards you, meaning you get the best audio possible when you prop it up to watch a movie.

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At 4.5 inches, it's not loads smaller than the 5-inch One M8, but it does make it more comfortable to hold in one hand. I also didn't struggle to stretch my thumb across to type.

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Instead of the "Ultrapixel" camera of its big brother, the One Mini 2 has a 13-megapixel sensor.

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There's also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for sharp selfies.

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The camera interface is the same as on the flagship, although it lacks features like the 3D image effect (there's no depth sensor) and 360-degree panoramas.

There are still a host of image effects and scene modes.

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There's 16GB of onboard storage, but you can expand that using the microSD card slot on the side.

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It arrives with the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software onboard, along with HTC's Sense 6 interface.

Sense 6 has a simple design and is easy to use.

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The BlinkFeed news aggregator still sits off to the left of the homescreens, but you can get rid of it if you're not keen.

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It's not the skinniest phone around, but its curves make it very comfortable to hold.

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There's a micro-USB port on the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top.

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The metal back curves around to the front, where there's a slim plastic rim. It's much classier than the chunky plastic band found on the previous One Mini.

Read our full hands-on first take of the HTC One Mini 2.

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