It’s not as big and not as powerful as its namesake, but the HTC One Mini 2 appears to be a very capable smartphone

You can’t pick up the new HTC One Mini 2 and not think it.

This is what it’s supposed to feel like.

HTC today announced its latest mid-ranger, a dead ringer for its big brother that’s destined for Europe, the Middle East and Asia in the coming weeks. We’ve had a bit of time with the Mini 2, and this much is clear: It’s not just a scaled-down version of the HTC One M8. It’s smaller, sure. But it’s also lacking some of the features that truly make the M8 special. It’s got a lower-resolution display, but a higher-resolution camera. (See the complete HTC One Mini 2 specs here.) But it does have that sex appeal of the M8, those curves and that finish — all in a size that’s a lot easier to hold, pretty much eliminating our chief complaint about the HTC One M8.

And, in fact, it’s that smaller size that is causing a bit of a theoretical conundrum for us. Would we prefer a brand-new HTC One Mini 2? Or an aging but still extremely relevant (and in many ways better-spec’d) HTC One M7 from yesteryear?

We’ll tackle that question a little bit later. For now, let’s explore the new HTC One Mini 2.

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