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HTC M4 looks like its flagship model, but packs a lower cost and less of a punch

Taiwan's HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) is reportedly borrowing a page from competitor Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) and offering up a shrunk model -- codenamed the HTC M4 -- of its flagship phone, the HTC One.  Like the Samsung Galaxy Pocket (of the GSII era) and Samsung Galaxy III Mini, the hardware is significantly less powerful than the flagship model.

In HTC's case this "neutering" isn't quite as severe.  

The M4 still packs LTE, a 720p (1280x720 pixel) screen, 2 GB of DRAM, an UltraPixel camera, a dual-core CPU, 16 GB of NAND flash storage, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (which may be outdated by the launch date).  The body appears to be an aluminum unibody, similar to the HTC One.

The device is expected to retain the HTC One's shortcomings as well, lacking removable batteries or swappable microSD storage.  The battery is reportedly a 1,700 mAh unit, due to the less powerful spec.
The HTC M4 is a shrunk down, cheaper, less powerful HTC One. [Image Source: Phone Arena]

The M4 is expected to be rebranded to the HTC One Mini or something similar (the HTC One was codenamed M7) and will likely launch in Q2 2013.  HTC has struggled with supply issues, but hopefully this budget handset, which uses cheaper, more plentiful components will be spared such troubles.  

The HTC One Mini could vie with Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 4S for entry-level smartphone dollars.  The $99 USD iPhone 4S, which has a similar, but slightly less powerful spec, remains a popular seller.

Source: PhoneArena

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Why not a proper downsized phone?
By Johnmcl7 on 5/1/2013 10:58:40 AM , Rating: 2
I'm puzzled by Samsung and HTC with their smaller phones, the only similarities between the S3 Mini and the S3 are the name and some of the design as the rest is completely different. I think Samsung and HTC are failing to fill a gap in the market as the popular S2 is now past the two year mark and those wanting to upgrade either have to go with a much bigger phone if they want the equivalent but if they want something similar size to the S2 but with newer hardware there's not much choice.


RE: Why not a proper downsized phone?
By retrospooty on 5/1/2013 11:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
The S3 mini (and it looks like hte s4 mini are vary low end. This one from HTC isnt quite the stark contrast. It looks like a pretty sweet mid-range phone... But if you want an ultra high end phone and not a large screen, you arent going to have an easy time of it. Most people that want high end phones want larger screens so that is what the manufacturers are building.

RE: Why not a proper downsized phone?
By flyingpants1 on 5/1/2013 4:54:13 PM , Rating: 2
No, that is stupid and wrong. The iPhone is the best-selling high-end phone and has a comparatively tiny screen.

If HTC really wanted to dethrone Samsung, they should have made a 4.3" Droid RAZR M-sized phone WITH Android features such as microSD/removable battery to compete with the iPhone.

Also a Blackberry Q10 that runs Android to capture the Blackberry/keyboard market.

RE: Why not a proper downsized phone?
By Reclaimer77 on 5/1/2013 7:18:25 PM , Rating: 2
No, that is stupid and wrong. The iPhone is the best-selling high-end phone and has a comparatively tiny screen.


Umm the latest and greatest iPhone has a much-boasted larger screen than it's ever had before. So how exactly is that "stupid and wrong"?

If HTC really wanted to dethrone Samsung, they should have made a 4.3" Droid RAZR M-sized phone WITH Android features such as microSD/removable battery to compete with the iPhone.

How is that going to dethrone Samsung? The HTC One is far more compelling than a Droid Razr one-off. The Razr's are nice, sure, but they are hardly 'dethroning' Samsung in their own right.

By Denithor on 5/2/2013 8:02:33 AM , Rating: 2
Because even though the iP5 has the "much-boasted larger screen than it's ever had before" it's still considerably smaller than the behemoths on the Android side of the fence.

I'm with flyingpants on this one - wish there was a truly high-end phone with a 4-4.3" screen available. I don't want a serving platter in my pocket and those phablets just don't cut it for me.

RE: Why not a proper downsized phone?
By esteinbr on 5/1/2013 4:50:22 PM , Rating: 2
I've noticed the same thing. There aren't really any high end phones with smaller sized screens any more. The smaller phones may share a name with the top end phones but the specs are always a lot worse.

This one may be closer than the S3 mini or other examples but that remains to be seen as they don't say exactly what the dual core cpu is. If it's something weak like a dual core 1-1.5ghz arm A9 design then that is a pretty big step back. If it's a dual core Krait chip then it's not too bad. I really don't think the quad cores are all that useful in phones outside of looking good in the threaded benchmarks.

The screen sounds descent (340dpi still) but you do have to actually see a screen to asses it's quality.

By aliasfox on 5/2/2013 11:02:56 AM , Rating: 2
If it comes out near the end of the summer, it may also be competing with the iPhone 5, which is still quite competitive in the mid-upper range benchmarks despite having a dual core chip (newer architecture than A9).

Considering the overheating issues that the Nexus4 and (to a lesser extent) the Galaxy SIV seem to have, I find it unlikely that top of the line SoCs will find their way into smaller form factors anytime soon - they just suck down too much power and give off too much heat right now for that to happen.

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