As of early May the rumors regarding the upcoming mid-range smartphone of the Taiwan-based company, the HTC One Mini, have started to intensify, but the release date and its technical specifications were never confirmed. As you probably know, the HTC One Mini is supposed to be an affordable variant of the popular HTC One flagship, a smartphone that will borrow the design and construction of its bigger borther, but will have a more affordable price and mid-range specifications.
For those of you who haven’t followed the HTC One Mini rumors, I will mention that the reports are indicating that the new smartphone will come with a 4.3-inch display with HD resolution and that, as I was mentioning above, the HTC One Mini case will borrow most of the design elements of the HTC One, but the ceramic frame around the device’s edges will be replaced by plastic.
According to new sources, the HTC One Mni will borrow the 4 megapixel UltraPixel sensor form the HTC One, packing 1/3 inch sensor size and 2µm pixel size, contrary to the rumors saying that the mid-ranger will sport an 8 megapixel camera. It seems though that the resolution of the front-facing camera will drop from 2.1 megapixels to 1.6 megapixels, but, even so, we are expecting at least HD video recording capabilities for the user-facing sensor.
The AnTuTu and CPU-Z screenshots posted by the guys at androidnext.de are revealing that the HTC One Mini’s hardware platform will be based on a Qualcomm chipset. It’s pretty hard to say which dual-core Qualcomm processor we are talking about. While CPU Z identifies it as Snapdragon S4 (Plus), the clock speed is a bit unusual for this unit.
It may as well, be a Snapdragon 400 SoC, but since both are manufactured on 28 nm architecture, both have two cores, Adreno 305 GPU and clock speeds of up to 1.7 GHz, it’s wiser to wait until HTC’s official announcement before rushing into conclusions. Either way, the HTC One Mini will most likely come with 4G LTE support, as both the Snapdragon S4 Plus and the Snapdragon 400 come with 4G chip.
Even though CPU-Z shows that only a total of 776 MB of RAM are fitted inside the HTC One Mini, expect the smartphone to come with 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage.
I’m noticing a trend among the smartphone manufacturers to transform their flagship smartphones into a whole range of devices. First, we’ve seen Samsung turning the Galaxy S4 brand into a whole family of smartphones: Galaxy S4 Mini (a mid ranger, rival of the HTC One Mini), Galaxy S4 Active (a water and dust proof Galaxy S4), Galaxy S4 Google Edition (running stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean), Galaxy S4 Zoom (a camera phone with 16 megapixel sensor with 10x optical zoom), and Galaxy S4 LTE-A (with Snapdragon 800 CPU and LTE Advanced support).
Then Sony launched the Xperia Z Ultra, a phablet that borrows the design lines of the flagship introduced in January 2013, now it is rumored that HTC will have a similar approach with the One, as the HTC One Mini will be followed by a HTC One Max phablet that will aim at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3.
The HTC One Mini release date is yet to be revealed, but most of the sources say that the mid-range smartphone will be officially introduced in August.