HTC HD Mini has just landed in the loving hands of the CNET folks, who tested the device and published the following video review. Is this smaller version of HTC HD2 able to succeed in today’s market of big diagonal smartphones? Continue reading after the break to find out!
This shrinked HTC HD2 features a 3.2 inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 5 touch sensitive buttons (Call, Home, Start, Back and End), while on the side you’ll find a volume rocker and at the top a small power button, used as the lock key. The microUSB port can be found at the bottom.
Inside this smartphone you won’t find Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon chipset that was present on the HD2, as it’s been replaced with a 600MHz CPU, the same one that you can find inside HTC Legend. Also, HD Mini supports WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and GPS, while the features list also includes 512MB ROM and 384MB RAM.
The handset’s microSD card slot supports cards of up to 32GB. A minor drawback of this device is its OS of choice, Windows Mobile 6.5, obviously lacking the option of upgrading to WP7. At least the Sense interface makes the experience more likeable and we see the homescreen being replaced with a finger-friendly UI, supporting flicking between task-based tabs.
Highlights of the phone include the Opera browser, Footprints GPS photo tagging function and HTC’s Peep Twitter client. More info can be found in the video above.