HTC M8 mini rumor suggests bigger screen and 13MP camera

by: Gary SimsFebruary 10, 2014
HTC One Mini

Original HTC One mini, will the HTC M8 mini be even better?

A few months after HTC launched its flagship HTC One smartphone the company also released a mid-range variant known as the HTC One mini. It kept the same full metal body look as its bigger brother but without some of the high end features. Now that the rumor mill for the HTC One’s successor (codename HTC M8) is running at top speed, churning out leaks and speculations in the run up to the official announcement, rumors of the mid-range version of the M8 have started to appear. Dubbed the HTC M8 mini, evleaks has published a short specs list:

  • 4.5 inch 1280 x 720 display.
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.4Ghz.
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 on board storage
  • SD card slot
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Sense 6.0 with on screen buttons

This doesn’t sound wrong and my gut feeling is that it is probably close to what the HTC M8 mini will be. Compared to the HTC One mini there are several clear improvements. First the slightly bigger display (4.5 inches up from 4.3 inches), next the jump from dual-core to quad core and finally the bigger 13MP camera.

The number of megapixels on the camera is interesting. Does this mean that for the HTC M8 mini  the company is abandoning UltraPixels and going back to playing the megapixel numbers game?

The addition of the SD card slot is something we have seen in variants of the original HTC One and it is rumored that HTC are reducing the internal storage of the HTC M8 and adding the card slot. It so then 16GB plus support for SDHC is also likely for the HTC M8 mini.

Assuming HTC stays true to form and the HTC M8 mini is a true successor to the HTC One mini then we can also expect LTE support and Corning Gorilla Glass. Of course pricing will be key as HTC’s Wang recognized recently. A quad-core Snapdragon 400 and a 720p display is very last year (even in the mid-range), but with the HTC One/M8 type metal body plus LTE support, this could be a popular phone if sold at the right price.

What do you think? Is 4.5 inches too big for a mini version of a flagship phone? Would the HTC M8 mini interest you?

  • Abbas Mustafa Bhaiji

    First comment yay first time

  • dasarmani

    i will go for zi compact

  • Amine Elouakil

    That spec list doesn’t make sense at all, why would they stick to the S400 and 1Gb of ram both at the same time, at least they’ll update one if not both of those component as for the 13mpx, It’s cheaper than the ultrapixel camera and probably much much cheaper than the dual camera on the M8 (if this is true)

  • I don’t think HTC can match Sony’s Z1 compact. Sony made the right move by maintaining the high-end spec from it’s flagship Z1 inside the compact version. HTC could at least have a minimum of 2GB of RAM with a better processing power for their mini version. To me, 2GB of RAM is essential nowadays.

    • Well

      The main point here is the price and this will be most important factor in determining sales. What is the use of a smaller high end smartphone if it is only a tad cheaper?

      • David

        People want smaller smartphones, a lot of people don’t feel comfortable using devices over 5-inches and the Z1 Compact fits the high-end market with a small size.

      • I don’t really mind the lower specs but a 2GB of RAM is what we all need as basic nowadays. Don’t you think so?

  • guy with guts

    You are wrong gary the original mini had superior krait cores while this m8 mini seems to be cortex A7.

    • It will be interesting to see the performance of the quad-core A7 against the dual-core Krait.

  • dro

    we dont need high end specs for a smartphone, unless you’re a die hard gamer! low specs, high performance, mid price, thats what we need!

  • Brendon Brown

    Sorry, but 4.5″ ? I see no mini here …

  • Det

    Who will buy this shit. I bet the lg g2 will cost atleast 100bucks less. By getting it, youre saved from beeing an idiot.