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?