HTC One Mini’s existence confirmed, set for an August release

by: Robert TriggsJune 12, 2013

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We’ve only heard a few little pieces and rumors here and there regarding the new HTC One Mini, and even though it looks almost certain that the handset exists, nothing concrete has come out from HTC so far. However, some more information has recently emerged from sources “familiar with the matter”.

According to two informants briefed on the plans for the smartphone, who wished to remain anonymous; the HTC One Mini will be on sale by August this year. This information, which was passed on to Bloomberg, matches up nicely with the expected release date that we’ve heard before, and is additional confirmation that the product actually exists.

Furthermore, one of the sources stated, rather obviously perhaps, that the handset would probably ship with a less-powerful Qualcomm processor and a lower-resolution screen than the flagship model, which again confirms what we had already suspected.

For a quick recap, the HTC One mini is supposedly equipped with dual-core processor, possibly a Snapdragon 400 rather than the Snapdragon 600 quad-core found in its bigger brother, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage space, and a 4-megapixel camera using HTC’s UltraPixel technology.

As for the size, the screen is going to be cut down to 4.3 inches, which was again confirmed by Bloomberg’s sources, with a resolution of just 720p rather than the 1080p 4.7 inch display in the HTC One. However it is worth pointing out that HTC has declined to comment specifically about the handset, so there’s no official word about the smartphones specifications just yet.

The HTC One Mini could well turn out to be another crucial product for the struggling manufacturer, not only because it will be going head to head with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, but because the company is in desperate need of new products to prop up its sales figures.

Although the HTC One is selling well, some are forecasting a peak already, which means that the One Mini could well be HTC’s next vital life-line. But the important question is; will consumers love it as much as the HTC One?

  • William Gauke

    I know that there are hardware limitations but why can we not have almost identical specs in the smaller phone as the bigger phone. I think then there will be great competition to the iphone in terms of size range.
    I personally think the One would look better as a smaller phone. The S4 just looks awkward smaller.
    I own an S4 btw and love the size!

    • Christopher Williams

      Battery life.

      • carlisimo

        Last year, HTC released the 4.3” One S with a lower-capacity battery than the 4.7” One X (different screen quality, but otherwise very similar hardware). Funny thing is, both batteries are the same dimensions, the One X’s is just heavier. The One X+ had an even more powerful battery, also heavier but with the same dimensions. Some One S users swap the heavier batteries in.

        Point is, larger phones don’t necessarily have spatially-larger batteries, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same with the One and One Mini.

  • Christopher Williams

    I think the Mini will sell well. I would buy it for my wife. She doesn’t need a heavily specced phone. Many do not. The biggest thing will be battery life actually. If it has a long lasting battery that will be key, let them sacrifice processor and screen.

    • Tony Willis

      What??? and your comment is exactly why htc is still struggling….

  • George Av

    it isn;t mini -_-

  • nebsif

    Dat 2012 Bezel (again)