Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

Jaycee De Guzman September 27, 2013 0
Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini


The HTC Desire 300 is considered a mid-range phone but has specifications that can also sweep you off your feet. Still to be released, it has its own operating system specifically designed to support its large screen display and multi-touch features. On the other hand, the Alcatel One Touch Mini is a mobile handset with more multimedia and camera features that costumers can explore. It also has a sleek and light design made for easy carrying. As next generation products, what can these two mobile phones offer?

Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

Build and Design

The Desire 300 is one of HTC’s latest mobile handsets which is built with 131.78 x 66.23 x 10.12 mm physical dimensions and 120 g of weight which is slightly heavier than usual products. It comes with black and white color models where customers can choose from when it goes on sale in October 2013.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini, alternatively, has a more petite 127.1 x 62 x 7.9 mm of measurements. It also only weighs 96 g for customers who prefer lighter and smaller devices. When the company released it in stores, it is going to be available in pink, gray and blue colors.

Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

Display Features

As touchscreen gadgets trend the technology market, the HTC Desire 300 is going to have 4.3 inches of screen size. It will have a capacitive and multi-touch features as well as a light sensor and proximity sensors. The resolution will be 480 x 800 pixels with a pixel density of 217ppi.

In terms of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini, the screen size will be a similar 4.3 inches courtesy of an IPS LCD. It will also be capacitive and multi-touch while sporting 480 x 854 pixels of screen resolution with a slightly higher 228ppi pixel density. It will feature light sensor, proximity sensor and Oleophobic coating.

Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

Operating System and Hardware

HTC’s Desire 300 will have its own specific Android operating system which is the Android HTC BlinkFeed with Sense 5 UI. It has a Candybar form factor while the processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. Its CPU will be Dual-core with 1000 MHz. It will sport a 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal built in storage while the memory card slot is compatible with MicroSD, MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC for a maximum size of 64GB. The battery is a Li-Polymer with 1650mAh which can last up to 11 hours of talk time.


On the other hand, the One Touch Idol Mini will have a Dual-core processor with 1200 MHz and an integrated graphics processor. It will have a similar Candybar form factor although the operating system is going to be a regular Android 4.2. Furthermore, it has 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage and 2GB maximum user space. The memory card slot is compatible with MicroSD and MicroSDHC but only at the maximum of 32GB. Battery life can reach only 9 hours of talk time.

Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

Camera and General Multimedia

The Desire 300 of the HTC will sport a 5MP camera with an aperture size of F2.8 and focal length of 34mm. It also has a camcorder. It features auto focus while the camera at the front sports 0.3MP VGA. Additional multimedia include a music player with MP3, AAC, M4A, WMA, WAV, AMR, OGG and MIDI as well as video playback with MPEG4, WMV, AVI, 3G2 and 3GP formats.

When it comes to the One Touch Idol Mini, the camera will have a similar 5MP with an LED flash. It features auto focus with and 0.3MP VGA for the camera at the front. The camcorder can capture a native resolution of 1280 x 720 or 720p HD videos. Multimedia add-ins include FM, Stereo and a music player but with only MP3 as a compatible format. Playable video file types are H.263, H.264 and MPEG4.

Comparative Review: HTC Desire 300 VS Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini


Given the following information, the HTC Desire 300 sports a greater physicality, operating system, battery life, hardware features and additional multimedia specifications. It is useful for individuals who are more interested in using their gadget for playing music, doing simple tasks, and at a longer period of time. On the other hand, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini has better display sensors and design, screen resolution, lighter build and camera specifications. It can serve its purpose for avid mobile photographers who want to take their mobile phones everywhere they want and in easier ways.

Both HTC and Alcatel have not yet released the official costs of these latest handsets but as mid-range phones, it is expected that it will be cheaper than the premium products that are out in the market today. Waiting customers can check this comparative review to study which mobile phone suits their wants and needs.

Regardless of the price tags, which of these two handsets do you think is more competitive in the current smartphone market?

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