The HTC One mini is a shrunk-down HTC One, inside and out
Similar to Samsung’s habit of releasing ‘miniature’ versions of its top phone, HTC is bringing a 4.3-inch version of the HTC One to select countries in August with a global rollout in September. The company did not announce pricing, carrier details, or when the U.S. might be seeing this latest HTC special.
Overall, the HTC One Mini is only slightly smaller than its larger counterpart, and the two phones look remarkably similar. The Mini’s aforementioned 4.3-inch display is just a tad smaller than the HTC One’s 4.7-inch screen, and its screen resolution is also down a notch from the original One’s 1080p screen, clocking in at 720p.
Smaller on the inside, too
HTC didn’t provide full specs for the new phone, but based on the specs HTC did share and hands-on reports from around the Web, other downgraded specs for the Mini include 16GB of onboard storage, down from the larger's 32GB and 64GB choices. Other internals were nerfed in translation as well: The Mini will have 1GB RAM, a dual-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and a 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera. The Mini is also missing the larger version’s IR blaster that let you use the HTC One as a universal remote.
You do, however, get the same 4MP UltraPixel rear-facing camera featuring 1080p video capture. Other specs include dual front-stereo speakers, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE, and Wi-Fi Direct. The smaller HTC One runs Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, and comes with Sense, HTC’s Android overlay.
Of course, the HTC One Mini comes with the company’s typical software add-ons. In addition to the Sense overlay, you also get HTC BlinkFeed, which displays updates on your homescreen from your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Avid news readers can additionally use BlinkFeed to get updates from more than 10,000 news feeds.
Vine and Instagram video fans can also check out HTC Zoe, a software add-on that takes a short three-second video as well as simultaneously grabbing up to 20 still images at the same time. You can use Zoe to make a short video as well as extract specific frames and save them as still images.
Early hands-on impressions of the HTC One Mini have been largely positive so far. The Verge commented that the Mini was actually easier to hold and operate with one hand, a key advantage for any smartphone.
Dollar dollar bills, ya'll
Although the Mini has mildly stripped down specs, it’s not clear if the device will also come with an appropriately stripped down price. You can already pick-up the HTC One for $200 with a new two-year contract at AT&T. That’s about standard for most major phones, and to make any sense the One Mini will have to cost less than that.
Samsung has yet to release the Galaxy S4 Mini in the U.S., but in the U.K. an unlocked S4 mini is currently selling for about $260 less than its predecessor. If HTC offers similar pricing, perhaps you could pick-up a One Mini unlocked for around $400 or so, or perhaps $100-$150 with a two-year contract. For now, however, that’s just a guess until HTC releases official pricing information.