This will come as almost no surprise at all. HTC could be planning a Mini version of its new One (M8) flagship Android phone. If so, it will repeat the same strategy it played out with the original HTC One. The news comes from an anonymous leak, indicating the new device will be launched very soon.
HTC probably isn’t going to mess with the formula too much with the new Mini either. Leaks suggest we’ll see a similarly designed phone, again with an aluminium unibody, and equipped with a 4.5-inch touchscreen. This would make it half-an-inch smaller than the One (M8), and 0.2-inches larger than last year’s HTC One Mini.
Sadly, if the leak proves accurate, the dual-lens Duo Camera which makes the One (M8) stand out, won’t be fitted to the One (M8) Mini. For HTC to keep the price down, removing the Duo Camera does make sense, although last year, the UltraPixel camera was carried over to the smaller model. Other specs, such as screen resolution and the processor, remain a mystery.
When can we expect to get our hands on the new Mini phone? It could be soon, as the anonymous leaker says HTC will put in on sale in May. The 2013 One Mini was released in July last year, but now the new One (M8) is on sale, it’ll want its whole range to match the new design. For this reason, we suspect an HTC One (M8) Max will soon follow.