HTC One mini review: Meet Junior

GSMArena team, 02 August 2013.

Synthetic benchmarks

The HTC One mini uses the Snapdragon 400 chipset which has grown in popularity lately. It has two Krait 300 cores clocked lower than usual at 1.4GHz and Adreno 305, along with 1GB of RAM.

Krait 300 should perform okay even at 1.4GHz against the Krait 200 cores at 1.5GHz as some older phones have. We wish the clock speed was at 1.7GHz like it is in most dual- and quad-core versions of Krait 300, but still. What we're really concerned about is the limited amount of RAM, but synthetic benchmarks don't really show how RAM capacity affects usage.

Single-core performance is on the level of the Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered ex-flagships. Multithreaded performance is more of a mixed bag, beating quad-core Cortex-A9 phones in Linpack but lagging behind them in Geekbench 2.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    130
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    132
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    132
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    147
  • HTC One
    151
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    166
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • HTC One mini
    293
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    330
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    350
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    359
  • Nexus 4
    431

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    818
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    791
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • HTC One X+
    177.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175.5
  • HTC One X
    160.9
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141.5

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    3324
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    3227
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    3046
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    3040
  • HTC One
    2708
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2173
  • HTC Butterfly
    2143
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    1937
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • LG Optimus G
    1723
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1661
  • iPhone 5
    1601
  • HTC One mini
    1417

Overall performance is in a similar situation - AnTuTu puts the HTC One mini at the bottom, while Quadrant pushes it above last year's flagships, but still near the bottom when new phones are considered.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    26275
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    24716
  • HTC One
    22678
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    21363
  • Sony Xperia Z
    20794
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    20056
  • HTC Butterfly
    19513
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15547
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    14518
  • HTC One mini
    11434

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    12446
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    11346
  • Sony Xperia Z
    8075
  • HTC One X+
    7632
  • LG Optimus G
    7439
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • Oppo Find 5
    7111
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • HTC One X
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5916
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5450
  • Nexus 4
    4567

GLBenchmark was run at 1080p offscreen mode to measure raw GPU performance, which seems to be above what Tegra 3 managed last year and close to the Mali-400 of the same generation. Still, comparing it to the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini (which uses the same chipset) shows the GPU was downclocked too.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    43
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    41
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    41
  • HTC One
    37
  • Oppo Find 5
    32
  • Google Nexus 4
    32
  • Sony Xperia Z
    31
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    31
  • Sony Xperia SP
    31
  • Apple iPhone 5
    30
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    30
  • LG Optimus G
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • HTC One mini
    15
  • HTC One X
    11

GLBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    17.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    16
  • Google Nexus 10
    13.9
  • LG Optimus G
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    6.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    6.3
  • HTC One mini
    5.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    4.9

Considering the HTC One mini has a 720p screen, Epic Citadel shows more realistic numbers. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a dual-core Krait 300 at 1.7GHz and Adreno 305 with a 720p screen (unlike the qHD screen of the Galaxy S4 mini) but the Epic Citadel framerate is basically even, so the difference in clockspeed doesn't translate into a huge real-world performance (not yet any way, heavier games will change that).

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    59.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    57.5
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    57.1
  • HTC One
    56.4
  • HTC One mini
    56
  • Sony Xperia Z
    55.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    55.5
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    54.7
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    54.2
  • Nexus 4
    53.9
  • Asus Padfone 2
    53.4
  • LG Optimus G
    52.6
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    41.3
  • Oppo Find 5
    38.6

By the way, Adreno 305 supports OpenGL ES 3.0, which was recently added to Android (with 4.3) and that promised improved graphics, so there's room for improvement.

JavaScript performance of the HTC One mini browser is close enough to that of the HTC One, that it nearly doesn't matter (JS doesn't care for multi-core CPUs much). However, BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo show scores that can compete with the current flagships (the One mini has to render pages at 720p, less than half the pixels of a 1080p screen).

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    804
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    810
  • Samsung Ativ S
    891
  • Apple iPhone 5
    915
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    910
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    972
  • HTC One X+
    1001
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1011
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    1059
  • HTC One
    1124
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    1185
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    1196
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1192
  • HTC One mini
    1237
  • Sony Xperia Z
    1336
  • LG Optimus G
    1353
  • HTC Butterfly
    1433
  • Nexus 4
    1971
  • Oppo Find 5
    2045

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2438
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    2338
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2107
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1801
  • Oppo Find 5
    1797
  • Nexus 4
    1794
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    1774
  • Google Nexus 10
    1773
  • HTC Butterfly
    1475
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    2056
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    1936
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Oppo Find 5
    1658
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Nexus 4
    1310

We mentioned that none of these benchmarks really measure the effects of the relatively low amount of available RAM. That's because you only notice it when running multiple apps and switching between them. That said, the One mini performed okay most of the time - it's not as snappy as its daddy, but there are no annoying slowdowns as far as we could tell in the limited time we had with it.

Reader comments

  • foxthemad

Hi guys. I was just wondering a few things about your methodology when benchmarking. Do you run the test several times and write down the best result? Just asking as I just ran some of those benchmarks on my Mini, using Android 4.3 (stock HTC) and fo...

  • AnonD-226684

HTC one mini is superb it's look like iphone 5 but minus points is it's inbuilt storage no expandable memory and most important battery back up ...

  • Anonymous

This review was done on August 2nd and you STILL can't purchase an HTC One Mini in black. The specs were ho hum back when this review was done. By the time HTC actually manages to manufacture them to meet demand this phone will be next to useless. Fa...