The first round of rumour regarding a “mini version” of M8 (aka HTC One+ or One 2) the next flagship from HTC, has popped its head. Although we are still waiting for an official premiere of the M8, we have got the specs of the mini version from popular leak account on Twitter @evleaks. This popular twitter account has time and again proved to be a very reliable on many occasions earlier. With this latest tweet the speculation about a mini version from HTC has taken a step forward.
HTC M8 mini (mem_ul): SD400 (1.4GHz x4), 4.5", 720p, 1GB/16GB (+microSD), 13MP/5MP, a/b/g/n/ac, BT4.0, KK4.4.2, Sense6.0, buttons on screen.[adsads1resp]?
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 8, 2014
According to evleaks the mini version of M8 carries the below specs:
- The device will run on Android 4.4 KitKat and will be coupled with the proprietary Sense 6.0 launcher
- It will be powered by Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU running at 1.4GHz
- Connectivity-wise you can expect a Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0
- It will come with a 720p resolution and sport a 4.5-inch display
- Will support 1 GB RAM and an internal storage of 16GB (expandable via the microSD card slot)
- You can expect a 13-megapixel back shooter and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- Will have on-screen virtual buttons
It is kind of strange that 4.5 inch displays are dubbed as mini these days when just a few years back the 4.3 displays were considered ‘big’ for a mobile phone.
The microSD slot is a welcome addition as many were disappointed when it was left out of One and One mini. The overall upgrade seems to be fairly modest over One mini with only a slight difference- the two Krait cores will be replaced by a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU.
There is no official communication from the company as of now. Details on the pricing and availability also remain unknown. HTC is likely to showcase the M8 flagship at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2014 scheduled later this month in Barcelona, Spain. We expect the mini variant to be announced along with the original M8.
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