The HTC One has been a big hit for the Taiwanese manufacturer, selling over five million units since launch and finally putting it back on the path to success after a long period of uncertainty. It is unsurprising, then, that news of an HTC One Mini release has emerged in recent weeks. HTC is looking to expand the One range by developing other devices to go alongside it and share the lucrative brand.
HTC M4 spec rumours
Rumours about a new handset codenamed the M4 have been circulating in the last week, with the press dubbing this upcoming handset the HTC One Mini, because it is set to be a smaller sibling to its high end stable mate. Leaked images of the One Mini published by Engadget reveal that while it will look similar to the full-sized device on the surface, HTC has in fact decided to use plastic materials in the chassis rather than a stylish and costly all-alloy shell. Logos on the rear reveal that this will be an HTC Beats Audio phone, so hopefully it will provide an excellent aural experience for music fans.
Industry sources have also provided information about the HTC M4 spec, which will include a 4.3 inch 720p HD display and a primary camera on the rear that uses the same UltraPixel technology as found on the HTC One. You can expect the One Mini to use the Android Jelly Bean operating system and sport the Sense user interface, complete with BlinkFeed and other new elements.
While the One has a quad core processor, the One Mini is allegedly going to use a dual core chip while still benefiting from a healthy 2GB dose of RAM. 4G LTE connectivity will feature on this phone, which is good news for those in the UK who have been looking forward to harnessing this new high-speed form of mobile networking once it is made more widely available.
HTC One Mini Release & Price?
In terms of the HTC One Mini release date, sources quotes by @evleaks have asserted that it could go on sale as early as July.
There is no word on the One Mini price, but you can expect it to be positioned as an affordable alternative to the flagship HTC One, which should make it relatively cheap when you consider the solid selection of components found within its slender chassis.
HTC is starting to push out more mobile devices which have the edge over similar handsets from Samsung in terms of their styling and build quality. If consumers catch on to its carefully honed smartphones, then it could see the success of the One transferred across all of its range.
Overall, the HTC One mini release looks set to go head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, a similar scaled down smartphone boasting impressive mid-range fetaures. How does the Galaxy S4 mini compare to the rumoured HTC One Mini features?