‘Larger than large is in, oh dear, what did the small sin’? That certainly is the question most of us who do no want to own a smartphone that is gigantic enough to protrude out of our jeans pockets seem to be asking. We live in an age where a 5.5 inch smartphone is considered to be pretty normal. It’s just absurd at times, cause frankly given a choice, I would still pick my iPhone 5s and its 4 inch form factor above anything else, especially as I do have a tablet for reading or multimedia consumption. However, last year a trend started, where most of the major OEMs heard the cry and started releasing the ‘Mini’ versions of their flagship device.
Essentially, these Mini variants were nothing but smaller and totally spec striped versions of the flagships. HTC did it with the One Mini, Samsung did it with the S4 Mini, LG with the G2 Mini and so on and so forth. However, the experience on most of these devices was just not what the customer was willing to pay for. As a result most of them were a flop. Lesson was learnt from the Xperia Z1 Compact, that pretty much kept everything that was good in the Xperia Z1 while reducing the chassis size. Looks like, that will be the trend to follow this year.
HTC One mini 2, 2014 pic.twitter.com/s3wXCD1gyA
— @evleaks (@evleaks) May 4, 2014
There have been grapevines that HTC is working on the HTC One Mini 2 which would be the mini variant of the HTC M8. The first legitimate shots of the device were leaked by @Evleaks.
The device in the shot looks unmistakably like the HTC M8, though obviously smaller. The design here is exactly the same, apart from a few cost cutting decisions. The M8 Mini has done away with the depth analysing sensor which made for a Dual Camera setup on the ear of the M8. This means, you can obviously not do the artificial background blurring on the phone like you could on the M8. According to the render leaked, the device will be available in three colors which includes a gunmetal grey, silver and a gold variant.
The M8 Mini will come with the Boomsound speakers like the M8. Though not much is known about the specs of the device, a reasonable guess would be that the phone will bring a 720 P panel in a 4.3 inch screen which will be powered by a Snapdragon 400/600 SoC with 1 GB of RAM. Obviously, we are speculating and the only way to truly find out specs of the phone is to wait along.