HTC has showcased a more pocketable version of its flagship phone, amid signs that 'mini' is the new 'maxi' in the smartphone world.
Retaining the same design and aluminium unibody frame as its older brother, the HTC One Mini features a 4.3-inch HD, 7820p screen in place of the standard model's 4.7-inch number.
The phone’s smaller dimensions also mean a compromise on brawn, with the quad-core processor that powered the HTC One ditched in favour of a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.4GHz model.
But not everything has been scaled down. Very much present and correct is the One’s Ultrapixel camera that reviewers praised almost as much as that handset’s build quality, as are BoomSound stereo speakers.
The all-new version of HTC’s Sense custom skin, which gives the phone more ‘alive’ and visual UI and integrates users’ social networking and news updates, is on board too.
EE, the UK’s sole 4G carrier, and Phones 4U have confirmed plans to range the phone, which is set to land in the UK in August or September.
HTC's slimmed-down phone comes as Apple is purportedly readying a low-cost, smaller iPhone for release later this year. Samsung also recently dropped a mini version of the Galaxy S4.