HTC One mini official with 4.3-inch 720p display, rollout starts in AugustAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Why hello there, little HTC One mini. We've caught some glimpses of you in the past, but I don't think that we've been formally introduced. That's changing today, though, as it looks like HTC has finally deemed you ready to be unleashed upon the world.
HTC today officially took the wraps off of its new One mini smartphone, a device that looks just like its name suggests it would. The One mini sports an aluminum unibody frame that looks similar to its older HTC One sibling but measures in at 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm, a tad more compact that the One's 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.4mm body. The similarities between the One and One mini don't stop at the unibody construction, as HTC has also packed its front-facing BoomSound speakers and UltraPixel rear camera into the miniaturized device.
When it comes to straight-up specs, the HTC One mini sports a 4.3-inch 720p display and 1.6-megapixel camera on its face, as well as the aforementioned UltraPixel shooter around back. The device is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and there's an embedded 1,800mAh battery providing juice to the whole package. Also buried inside the One mini's aluminum frame is 16GB storage, 1GB RAM, 802.11a/b/g/n/ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and both 42Mbps HSPA+ and 4G LTE.
The HTC One mini comes preloaded with Android Jelly Bean as well as HTC's Sense 5 overlay and all of the extra features that are included with it. That means that buyers will be getting features like the BlinkFeed news stream, 3-second Zoe clips, 30-second Video Highlights, and Beats Audio.
So what about that all-important availability information? HTC says that the One mini will be making the jump from your computer screen to store shelves in select markets starting in August, with a full-on global rollout expected in September. The One mini will be offered in the same Glacial Silver and Stealth Black color options as its bigger One sibling. One important detail that's still missing is pricing information, but with a launch slated to take place in August, it shouldn't be too long before we find out how much it'll cost to bring home a One mini of your very own.
Smartphones have been growing in size quite a bit lately, with some devices that sport pocket-stretching 6.3-inch and 6.4-inch displays. Those may be good for multitasking and media, but some folks would prefer something more suitable for one-handed use. That's the market that HTC is targeting with the One mini, and the good news is that while many "small" phones have less-than-impressive specs, the One mini's feature set looks to be pretty respectable. Now we just have to wait until August to put the thing to the test. Until then, you can find a gallery of HTC One mini images below, complete with a comparison shot with the full-sized One.