Over the past couple of months we’ve heard a lot of rumors saying that the Taiwan-based phone maker will launch a mid-range smartphone, dubbed HTC One Mini, that has the same design as the HTC One flagship. Well, most of the rumors were confirmed, as the HTC One Mini as officially announced.
It seems that the big players of the smartphone market are becoming more active on the mid-range smartphone market, as after Samsung officially introduced the Galaxy S4 Mini, HTC come with a Mini version of its One flagship. Rumor has it that more companies will have a similar approach, with ZTE, Huawei, and Sony among them.
Just like the initial rumors were indicating, the HTC One Mini looks like a shrunken HTC One, coming with an unibody aluminium case with front-facing stereo speakers and HTC BoomSound technology.
The HTC One Mini is underpinned by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, based on two Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz, helped by an Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The internal storage is limited to 16 GB, because there’s no microSD card slot, but this shouldn’t be a problem as there a lots of storage in the cloud options out there.
Since the HTC One Mini is a member of the mid-range segment, the smartphone comes with a 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display with 720p resolution. Just like it was anticipated, the smartphone comes pre-loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean customized with HTC’s Sense 5 user interface, thus you will be able to enjoy features like BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Beats Audio.
On the back of the mid-ranger you will find HTC One’s camera sensor, but One Mini’s lacks optical image stabilization. Therefore you will get a 4 megapixel camera with UltraPixel sensor with BSI and 1/3″ sensor size. The smartphone is capable of recording 1080p videos that can be subsequently shared via HTC Zoe, and the slow-motion video capture is also present. The front-facing camera is a 1.6 megapixel unit with BSI sensor and HD video recording, making it a pretty good tool for video calling.
The HTC One Mini is 132 mm tall, 63.2 mm wide, and 9.3 mm thin, so we are dealing with a compact smartphone. It weighs 122 grams, while the Li-Polimer 1,800 mAh should be enough for 13 hours of 3G talktime according to HTC. In terms of connectivity you will get HSAP+, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual band, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and all those sensor common for any other modern smartphone like GPS module, accelerometer, or compass.
The company’s officials announced that the HTC One Mini release date was set for August, when we will hit the first markets, then it will be made available globally as of September. Available in two body colors: Grey and Black, the HTC One Mini is expected to have a price tag of €449 (about $590).