Take this with a pinch of your favorite condiment, but these two reports today seem to corroborate.
First, @LlabTooFeR, a Twitter user who has a good record when it comes to outing HTC’s plans, replied to a question about the release of the HTC One Mini with this:
@Richard99076658 It will be announced really soon. I expect before the end of July. ..
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) June 26, 2013
Then, a German site claimed that the Mini version of the HTC One is going on sale at O2, the fourth largest carrier in the country, starting with August 3.
Update: The folks at the German site Caschys Blog came forward with an alleged screenshot from O2′s internal management system. Check it out:
With all the rumors, it’s increasingly probable that we will see the HTC One Mini in the coming weeks. Previous reports suggest that the shrunk down version of the One will be carried in the US by T-Mobile and AT&T.
As for the design and specifications of the device, they aren’t really a mystery anymore. We’re looking at a 4.3-inch 720p SLCD display, a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 4UP rear camera. This decidedly mid-range device will sport the same design as its bigger brother, including a similar aluminum unibody. All the bells and whistles you may know from the One will be present on the Mini – BlinkFeed, BoomSound, Zoes, etc.
Bottom line, if you’re in the market for a compact, good looking phone with decent specs, you might want to wait another month.