HTC One Mini 4.3-Incher Leaked, Rumored for August Launch
June 5, 2013 1:30 PM
HTC looks to expand on its flagship success with a cut down budget model
HTC Corp.'s (
1080p flagship "One"
smartphone is a hit,
moving 5 million units
in its first month on the market -- and
sales are still accelerating
. A thirsty HTC is ecstatic at the success, hoping to leverage it to put its
struggles of the last year and a half
behind it. Critical to that plan is regaining ground in the middle end -- and that's where the HTC One's "little brother" -- codenamed either the HTC One Mini or the HTC One M4, depending on who you ask -- comes in.
The rumored 4.3-inch, 720p (1280x720 pixel) handset
in the wild via pictures from an Estonian website,
. The site confirms the rumored scaled-down spec that previously leaked.
The phone offers 2 GB of DRAM, a dual-core ARM processor, and 16 GB of NAND flash storage. The camera is an UltraPixel design (as rumored) with a 4 megapixel resolution (a somewhat misleading number in that this is the same sensor as the full-size HTC One, which offers picture quality akin to most 13 MP cameras).
The handset will reportedly launch worldwide in August, exactly half a year after the launch of its full-size predecessor. The price in Europe for an unlocked handset reportedly will be around €400 ($523 USD) -- somewhat pricy, given that the "Senseless" HTC One is
available for $599 USD unlocked
from Google Inc.'s (
) Play Store.
HTC's rival Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
) recently announced its own "Mini" handset -- the Galaxy S IV Mini. Launch in late June, the device will feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) screen, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB of DRAM, 8 GB of NAND flash, and an 8 megapixel rear-shooting camera. Comparatively HTC's Mini variant, if confirmed, will beat the Galaxy S IV Mini in most categories.
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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