HTC Mini+ appears on HTC’s site – a big phone accessory that comes with NFC, laser pointer, and IR blaster


HTC Mini Plus

It was a few months ago that the HTC J Butterfly launched in China and with that, came the HTC Mini. Not to be confused with the HTC One Mini, the HTC Mini was a companion device for larger handsets that essentially acts as a Bluetooth handset/remote control for making quick calls, without having to commit to pulling out your smartphone to handle the once complicated task (sarcasm).

More recently, we saw a revamped version of the accessory arrive in the UK in the form of the HTC Mini+, adding an IR blaster and universal remote functions, on top of a laser pointer and tiny 1.5-inch 128×128 resolution OLED display. At about $83 (£54.16), we were wondering if the tiny device would ever make its way stateside and while that’s still up in the air, the device has made on official appearance on HTC’s global site, showing off specs and user reviews.

As it stands, the HTC Mini+ is only compatible with the HTC One mini, HTC Butterfly s, HTC Desire 200, and HTC Desire 500 with future compatibility coming to the international HTC One after the 2.24.401.8 software update. We find it interesting that the current trend of bigger and badder Android devices even warrants the release of a tiny phone-for-your-phone, although it seems this might be more aimed at a small niche market.

Would anyone be interested in picking up an HTC Mini+ for their device, or do you find something like a smartwatch a more enticing buy? (Insert obligatory Xzibit meme here).


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. So it’s come to this… we can now buy a dinghy for our phones.

  2. I would buy it, just to ensure that my HTC one does not drop 100+ feet when I am climbing towers for work.

    1. That is a super good reason!

    2. That’s my thinking as well due to potential work hazards as I use my phone in some pretty dusty/dirty environments.

    3. Shouldn’t you use a Bluetooth earpiece for that? That way you can continue to hold on to whatever you’re climbing.

  3. I heard rumors months ago that it’d be shipped witht HTC One Maxs

  4. They should use this to put extra sim’s in and micro sd cards which would make it very useful

    1. Wouldn’t that just make it a phone?

      1. it is a phone but it can have extra uses

  5. Hell yeah, for less than $100, why not, especially if you plan on keeping the compatible phone for a while. Plus, you get the I/R function, worth the price of admission just for that exra feature alone, especially for the devices that lack such.

  6. I would love one if it worked with other phones

  7. YO DAWG, we heard you like phones, so we made a phone for your phone so you can phone on your phone while you ‘re phoning.

    1. No.

      1. Yes.

  8. Motorola sold one of these alongside the first razr/maxx/d4. It had bluetooth headset/voice input and a touch pad. The idea was when you had your phone attached to your TV or via docking station, you could still control it from the couch, or answer a phone call by picking it up like a receiver, only problem it was like $150 for $30 i would have def bought one, cheaper and easier and than getting a quality 15foot micro hdmi cord and way nicer than running a cord across the room.

    1. That was the SMART CONTROLLER:

      Actually works quite well,original MSRP $99.99,BUT,as w/anything else,it can be found for much less elsewere.

  9. Sweet now I can buy a giant phone and not look like a fool holding a tablet to his face.

  10. this is a solution looking for a problem.

    1. Imagine carrying an LTE 8-inch tablet in your bag which has full phone capability. You see the problem?

      This thing sort of turns WiFi tethering on its head. I too wish HTC would make it work with any android devices.

  11. as Alice explained I didn’t know that some one able to profit $7739 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you seen this site w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  12. Looks exactly like the first cellphone I ever had…17 years ago

  13. oh ok cool, so essentially HTC’s version of Sony’s SBH52 then?

  14. Apple TV remote knockoff.

  15. WTF!? I love how much other countries love technology. The devices they seem to get are pretty cool. I want to play around with them.

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