When it comes to Smartphone accessories, most major Android manufacturers are running after Smartwatches. HTC has distinguished itself by putting up a new phone accessory HTC Mini+. It is basically a phone-like remote control for the top-line HTC Android Smartphones including the HTC One, HTC One Mini, Butterfly S, Desire 200 and Desire 500.
HTC Mini+ Smartphone accessory or rather a secondary Smartphone to your primary device can make calls, send and receive text messages, can work as a camera remote or even as a remote control for the TV.
Here is a list of specifications:
- 1.5 inch 4 gray OLED display with 128×128 pixel resolution
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, NFC, IR
- 320 mAh battery with 9 hour battery life
- Dimensions: 118.7 x 39.8 x 7.15 mm
- Metallic Silver color
HTC noted in the product description of Mini+ on its website:
Multitasking solutions for everyone: take calls while using your phone to surf online, watch videos or play games. Instant notifications of texts, events, and emails ensure you won’t miss a thing. Hands-free remote camera control lets you take pictures from your phone at a distance. It even doubles as a TV remote control, and pairs with select HTC devices to operate multimedia streaming through your HTC Media Link HD.
HTC Mini+ resembles the Apple remote and it can also act as a remote control while streaming media over the HTC Media Link HD accessory. The display is small and is meant only to see the numbers and characters for calling and texting. The built-in Infrared capability not only allows it to control television but also control PowerPoint presentations.
A drawback that is straightaway visible from the specifications is that it runs Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR when almost all other modern accessories run on Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy for power conservation of primary devices when they are connected to them. This means that HTC Mini+ will drain the battery of your Smartphone faster than any other accessory that runs on latest Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The accessory is expected to be released globally. Official information about price and availability are not yet revealed, but will be out soon. So stay tuned to our blog.