According to Engadget, this is the HTC One Mini, the smaller brother to the One. Yes, the image above is blurry, but the info is said to come from a “trusted source”, and despite the poor quality of the photograph, I’m inclined to agree.
So what’s known about the diminutive version of the One? The screen measures 4.3-inches, which is the same size at Sammy’s S4 Mini and is .3-inches smaller than its big brother. Aesthetically, the One Mini, at least at a glance, looks very much like its bigger sibling. But if you peer closer you’ll notice a plastic ring surrounding the bezel of the device. Moreover, the screen resolution is likely 720p, and Engadget says the IR blaster function has not been included in this iteration of the handset.
That said, the Beats Audio branding has made the proverbial cut. And while the powertrain hasn’t been explicitly detailed, it’s said to be a 1.4GHz dual-core setup, leading Engadget to point to Snapdragon’s 400 chip. Unfortunately, there is no word on what kind of camera will be packed into the back of the One Mini, but it will likely be an offshoot of the One; less pixels or perhaps just a straight shooter.
So would you buy a smaller HTC One, the One Mini? The Samsung S4 Mini makes more market sense since it’s a much more pocket friendly version than the Galaxy S4, which boasts a 5-inch display. The HTC One Mini, however, is just a tad smaller than the original. In my mind this makes it less appealing, especially if one has to compromise power and screen resolution.