HTC One mini becomes official with 4.3-inch 720p screen and UltraPixel camera
Enough with the rumors already! It is high time we introduced you to the official HTC One, a more compact but equally feature-packed version of the HTC One flagship. The HTC One mini comes with a 4.3-inch, 720x1280 pixel display (as compared to the One's 4.7-inch 1080p screen), tapered sides, weighs 122 grams and has a thickness of 9.25 millimeters at its thickest point.
The One mini is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor (not as powerful as the Snapdragon 600 inside the HTC One) backed up by1GB of RAM. The phone packs an UltraPixel camera with a 1/3" sensor size which, while lacking the One’s optical image stabilization, does come with 1080p HDR and slow motion video recording. The main snapper is also paired with a 1.6MP front-facing one.
Luckily, the HTC One mini has inherited the One's frontal stereo speakers, and each of them has its own dedicated amplifier to deliver rich, clear, undistorted audio. Beats Audio is also on board with its clever audio enhancement technology. The phone has 16GB of on-board storage, which, unfortunately, cannot be expanded with a microSD card. The 1800mAh built-in, non-removable battery doesn’t seem very impressive, at least on paper.
The new handset will be running Android 4.2 out of the box, which is the newest version currently available, while the interface will be heavily modified by the HTC Sense UI on top. It will also feature HTC BlinkFeed on board to instantly provide the user with relevant information from social networks and across the internet.
The HTC One mini is due to launch in select markets in August (hopefully without its bigger brother’s delays) while in September, it should become globally available. Two color variants of The One mini have been announced, Glacial Silver and Stealth Black, but nothing has yet been specified about pricing.
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