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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of DRAM, an UltraPixel camera, a dual-core CPU, 16 GB of NAND flash storage, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (which may be outdated by the launch date).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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By DukeN on 5/1/2013 11:39:52 AM , Rating: 0
I'd buy the One for sheer looks but they had to put that beats garbage on it so no thanks.

S4 it is

RE: Ugh..Beats
By xti on 5/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: Ugh..Beats
By Spuke on 5/1/2013 11:54:56 AM , Rating: 5
Beats is just marketing. No telling who actually made the audio. Don't refuse to buy something because of a name, refuse to buy it because you hate the sound.

RE: Ugh..Beats
By ChronoReverse on 5/1/2013 12:00:13 PM , Rating: 2
You can turn it off...

RE: Ugh..Beats
By Jeffk464 on 5/1/2013 12:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Phones are already thin enough, give us battery life and a replaceable battery. But I guess more choice is good.

RE: Ugh..Beats
By hughlle on 5/1/2013 12:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
If you won't buy it because of beats audio then you clearly wouldn't buy it just for the looks as per your statement... Or are you saying that the small red circle on the back is a deal breaker for you in terms of aesthetics?

RE: Ugh..Beats
By Dug on 5/1/2013 3:09:15 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe you should listen to it before making a decision. I guarantee you the sound out of the One is the best of any phone out there. By a large margin at that.

You can toggle it on and off and it does make a big difference in quality.

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