We have had the latest HTC One mini 2 smartphone in our offices for a week or so, giving us plenty of time to load some reasonably demanding gaming titles in an effort to see if the new mini 2 has what it takes in terms of 3D gaming muscle: Mobile Geeks test the gaming performance of the HTC One mini 2.
One of key differences between the HTC One M8 and its smaller family member, the HTC One mini 2, is the choice of processor used. The HTC One M8 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, a flagship platform that we have seen used in the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2 and other high-end smartphones. With the mini 2 however, HTC have opted for the cheaper Snapdragon 400 processor, namely the MSM8226; a quad-core AMDv7 processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. The all important graphics processor is the Adreno 305 clocked at 450MHz.
Despite having a relatively lower clocked cost down processor, we found the HTC One mini 2 to have plenty of performance in its locker, offering a very smooth, playable gaming experience. The pixels on the 720p display were well served by the Snapdragon 400 SoC, offering good frame rates and virtually no lag. Check out our gaming video below:
But gaming is not just about the processor that pumps out rendered pixels, other important factors such as display and audio quality are also vital to a good gaming experience, two areas where the HTC One mini 2 excels. Games like Nova 3 and Dead Trigger 2 look fantastic on this Super LCD2 720p display while you are getting a full and immersive playing experience with the device’s BoomSound stereo speakers, which are nothing short of amazing. You can hear bullets whizzing past you in real stereo, explosions are loud and rumbling and car chases are backed by some pretty bouncing tunes.
Overall the HTC One mini 2 packs a real gaming punch that will doubtless impress users.
Don’t forget to checkout the full HTC One mini 2 review here.