The Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer HTC is reportedly working on HTC One Mini to pose competition against Samsung’s mini version of its flagship that is pegged for release in mid-July this year. Yesterday, we’ve reported about the HTC M4 with leaked images showing full plastic chassis and cover. However, recent reports suggest the company may use a metal-alloy (aluminum) to give the handset quality on par with HTC One’s.
The HTC One was codenamed HTC M7 before it was officially revealed to the public. It is, therefore, logical that the rumored HTC M4 would be the mini version of the flagship IF rumors were true.
Each year, manufacturers release one (just one) flagship phone. The device would sport every best thing the company could offer including high specs, updated OS, latest technologies, etc. If the flagship is released earlier, say first half of the year, it is most likely a new device, which has lower specs, will be released in the second half. In the case of Samsung, it has already proven releasing a mini version of the flagship is effective that is why the S4 will get a little brother and HTC will try to undermine that by releasing, for the first time, a mini version of its flagship, too.
Previous rumors also point mid-July as the launching for HTC M4 or HTC One Mini, but new sources said the company is actually considering the month of June to release the handset. In the mobile market, there is a greater chance for a device that’s released earlier to become successful unless the one that follows is way better. That said, the Taiwanese company might be disappointed for the second time around when the Galaxy S4 Mini eclipses HTC One Mini in the following months.
Moreover, reports suggest HTC One Mini will come packed with a 4.3-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Krait with dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 2000mAh battery. And for the second time this year, HTC will match plastic with aluminum and it could another occasion for the company’s CMO Ben Ho to lambast Samsung.