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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of DRAM, an UltraPixel camera, a dual-core CPU, 16 GB of NAND flash storage, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (which may be outdated by the launch date).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.
HTC M4
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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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
quote:
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"?

quote:
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.


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