After months of leaks and rumors HTC has officially unveiled the HTC One mini, which is basically an attempt to bring the flagship design language to a lower price point. Only, earlier in the day we reported that the specs of the smartphone were leaked again, but now we have official confirmation about the device directly from the horse’s mouth.
As expected the One mini, is chiselled out of the same anodized aluminium chassis as the HTC One, but to hit a more tenable price, it has an inferior feature set. Instead of the show-stopping 4.7-inch 1080p panel, we now have a smaller 4.3-inch 720p screen that delivers a solid 343 PPI. The display is an S-LCD 3 screen. The device is powered by the lower end dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset that has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, which works in concert with 1GB of RAM. There is 16GB of internal storage which cannot be expanded due to the missing microSD card slot.
HTC has even added the 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera from the One on the One mini. The camera has a BSI sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, but it misses out on optical image stabilization. HTC has decide to not add NFC capabilities in this device. There is a 1.6-megapixel camera on the front.
It has a 1,800-mAh battery for good measure and it remains non-removable due to the unibody construction.
HTC ships this device with Android 4.2.2 out of the box, on top of which it runs the Sense 5 UI. One gets all the unique software additions that HTC introduced on the One, like BlinkFeed, Beats Audio and the Zoe camera feature.
As one would imagine the One mini is also thinner and lighter than the One at 9.25mm and 122 grams.
Clearly, HTC is gunning for the throat of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, which is the designated miniature version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Unlike the Galaxy S4 mini, HTC has actually managed to retain some hardware features in the One mini like the UltraPixel camera and BoomSound speakers, in a more handsome package, while also retaining the core software functionality.
HTC says that it will hit select markets by the end of August and will be available globally in September. Currently, there is no work on the India launch or price.