for those who laments that the HTC One is way too big for their petite hands, well, looks like reprieve is coming your way in the form of the much anticipated HTC One mini. bearing the same design as its larger sibling, the HTC One mini is virtually indistinguishable from the 4.7-inch One by photograph observation, save for the monotone Beats Audio branding. sporting a significantly smaller 4.3-inch 720p touchscreen display touting 341 ppi, wrapped in the familiar aluminum unibody design with diamond chamfered edges that wowed the world barely four months ago. just like what Sammy did with the mini-me of their flagship S4, the Taiwanese handset maker also “down-size” the processor with the use of a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, as appropriate for the phone of this stature.
out of the box, the mini will be running on latest HTC Sense-skinned Android 4.2.2 and have the same 4MP UltraPixel camera with BSI, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor and all – though optical image stabilization has been omitted (don’t even ask). still, the multiple levels of flash as seen on the One (and more recently on the Butterfly S) has been carried over. for selfie fans, do note that the front gets a lower 1.6MP BSI camera as opposed to the 2.1MP item the One has. since the mini is holding the One’s torch, it is natural that it inherits the big One’s audio prowess – the HTC BoomSound with the signature dual front stereo speakers, along with Beats Audio. also comes standard is HTC BlinkFeed, as well as HTC Zoe for the unique HTC-induced mobile photography experience. of course, it also comes with the usual sensors, radios and connectivity, which we believe there’s no need to further burden you with those ‘standard’ details.
the HTC One mini Smartphone is set to roll into select markets from August, with global availability to start from September. oh, btw, from what we have scoured through thus far, it looks like the mini will only be offered in 16GB model with, you guessed it, no option for external storage expansion. disappointed? you really shouldn’t be cos’ looking at how Android OS have been maturing, external storage might be a thing of the past.