A bit smaller, but looking almost identical its bigger brother, the HTC One Mini has all the chances to receive a warm welcome from the HTC fans and Android enthusiasts as well, especially because the recently leaked specifications of the yet-unannounced handset are very promising.
After Samsung has transformed the Galaxy S4 brand into a full line-up of smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (a camera phone with 16 megapixel sensor with 10x optical zoom), the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (which is a rugged variant of the original Galaxy S4, sharing most of its technical specs), and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (which is a mid-range shrunken Galaxy S4), HTC is on the verge of doing the same with its One flagship.
Rumor has it that besides the HTC One flagship, which was officially introduced in February 2013, the company is also readying a mid-range device, the HTC One Mini (which will aim at the Galaxy S4 Mini), and even a phablet, the unofficially dubbed HTC One Max which will be a rival for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, even though the latter one has a 6.44-inch display.
Today we will be talking about some leaked photos and technical specifications that were revealed to us by the guys at Smart News.
Hosted in an elegant black case (there will definitely be a white model, too) with round shapes, the HTC One Mini is reportedly sporting a 4.3-inch display with HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 342ppi. The hardware platform that will underpin the new smartphone of the Taiwanese company is based on a dual-core chipset (most likely a Snapdragon 400 unit), assisted by 2 GB of RAM.
According to the latest rumors HTC One Mini will leave the factory gates with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board, while packing 16 GB of internal storage. As I know HTC, the One Mini will not have a microSD card slot.
One of the biggest differences in terms of the HTC One Mini and HTC One design is the use of two separate buttons for adjusting the volume, which are now replacing the long button used by the HTC smartphones so far. In the same time, on the back of the HTC One Mini we were able to notice a camera sensor with the lens below protected by the back lid, most likely in order to avoid the scratching while putting your smartphone into the pocked.
There are various rumors regarding the camera sensor mounted on the back of the HTC One Mini. Some sources say that the HTC mid-ranger will sport an 8 megapixel camera, while other say that the One Mini will borrow the 4 megapixel UltraPixel sensor from its bigger brother. My guess is that HTC One Mini will come with the UltraPixel camera, as the Taiwan-based company is desperate to attract some more customers, and the camera might be an important selling point.
Since the technical specs of the One Mini were not confirmed by HTC so far, we are advising you to take the rumors with a grain of salt, as it’s be best to wait until the smartphone is officially announced before jumping into conclusions.
Even though there’s not official confirmation about the HTC One Mini release date, the rumor mill speculates that the smartphone will be introduced later this summer or early fall.
Hopefully, the Taiwan-based company will not forget about the HTC One Mini like they recently did with the HTC One S, and this year’s mid-ranger will be part of the phone maker’s Android firmware updates schedule on the long run.
Will the HTC One Mini be your next smartphone? Are its technical specifications enough to fit your needs? We are expecting for your feedback in the comments section.