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HTC One Mini 2: Same award-winning design, gutted hardware

The Mini 2 retains the hallmark design of the One (M8). It shares the same ergonomic shape forged from metal and punctuated by a hairline finish. Colours are similar too, with the range including gunmetal grey, glacial silver and amber gold.

People who considered the One (M8) too tall will be drawn to the smaller Mini 2. The sceen is a smaller 4.5-inches, has a resolution of 720x1280 and a density of 326 pixels-per-inch -- that's the same as Apple's Retina display.

A notable omission is HTC's DuoCamera. Instead, the Mini 2 makes do with a high resolution 13 megapixel camera that can record videos in Full HD resolution. The front facing 5 megapixel camera, along with HTC's renowned front stereo speakers, are both inherited from the One.

The design and multimedia thus far inspire confidence in the Mini 2. Unfortunately things take a turn for the less inspired when you take a closer look at the internals. Beneath the metal-clad body is a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, half the RAM at 1GB and 16GB of internal storage. The Mini 2 will take a microSD card for more memory.

The Android 4.4 smartphone will run HTC's Sense 6 user interface and will feature its BlinkFeed news aggregating software. Connectivity on the mini smartphone remains solid with 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and support for NFC.

Read more:Which is the best Android smartphone of 2014: Samsung, HTC or Sony?

Australian pricing and availability for the smartphone hasn't been announced. Good Gear Guide is awaiting comment from HTC representatives. HTC said in a press release the Mini 2 will be released in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia from June 2014.

Rival Sony announced a smaller version of its Xperia flagship, the Z1 Compact, earlier this year. The Z1 Compact received general praise for offering the same combination hardware in a smaller 4.5-inch form factor.

Read more:HTC update adds extreme power saving mode to Australian One (M8) smartphones

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