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If we showed you a picture of the rumored HTC M4 right now, you would just think it's the One. Since HTC's newest flagship has such a fantastic design, it only makes sense (I really love that pun when talking about HTC) that the company would apply the same design elements to other handsets, as well – but the M4 is essentially a direct copy, only smaller. So it should be perfect for those who don't like huge phones. There's a downside, however: the M4 also takes a hit in the spec department, leaving this device in the mid-range department.

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Rumor has it the M4 features a 4.3-inch 720p display, an unnamed dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, and the trademark UltraPixel camera. Fortunately, it's still said to pack 2GB of RAM, which should keep things running smoothly, and will likely be running Android 4.2.

We're hearing that it could see a release date sometime near the end of the second quarter and will possibly ship with some variation of a One moniker.

One Mini, anyone?

[Phone Arena]

Cameron Summerson
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  • sri_tech

    That is a good decision (design) and specs are also good for mid range unlike S3 mini or rumored S4 mini.

    They should not use the same design for other than these two phones.

    All the best HTC. ONE deserves more sales than S4 and iphone 5.

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    HTC One Half

    • Vivek Kabra

      Wouldnt HTC Half be better ?

      • Jason Bailey

        I like that, has a certain ring to it. :-)

  • Bruce W. Bixon

    Nice move HTC ...now if we can get that Phablet with the scribe pen .

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

    Welp, so much on HTC focusing on just "one" phone this year. So far now this year they have the HTC One, The M4 now, the HTC First *shrugs* and the China phone E1. Not to mention the rumored Butterfly 2. I hope HTC is able to pull themselves out the quicksand. They definitely went back to beauty in their phones, but they are struggling to stay afloat. Let's hope the effort is not too little too late.

    • DJtized

      To be honest, they are focusing on a single phone, the One.
      They're still gonna be making the phones that cater to the low end though since they'd be risking themselves not to.

      But I think they may try a "less is more" approach with this.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

        The already stated that in 2013 they wanted to focus on quality not quantity. They even went on to state the reason was to not create confusion with multiple phones but that's very much what they are doing right now by making this that looks exactly like the One. It's no different than what they did with the One X, and then making the One S, VX, and X+. They did state that the One was the only flagship they were going to focus on in 2013. So doesn't that mean the Butterfly 2 will be obsolete? That's the point I'm making. They trying different strategy and got them all over the place.

        • Deon Davis

          you have no idea what you're talking about. the issue is not only making one handset, you have to make different headsets to appeal to different markets to survive. I find it funny nobody's gets on samsung case when they make 50 million phones of all kinds of sizes and specs. HTC's main issue wasn't necessarily how many different phones they put out, it was the confusing names and not knowing which phone was actually the flagship or the mid range.

          • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

            LOL Samsung can make 50 millions phones because they make $6 billion in net profit. And to be frank I'm quite sick of all of Samsung phones that look like the Galaxy S now. They are basically doing what Apple did with all their products. I been turned off long ago from Samsung. The only phone I ever had from them was Infuse. And LOL at I don't know what I'm talking about. Did I ever say it was BAD to make multiple phones? I'll wait. I said they are simply going against their initial strategy by not confusing customer and focusing on quality not quantity. The statement of some saying the HTC One 1/2 is a perfect example. Do you honestly thing the average joe is going to know if the One and the M4 is the flagship. All they going to see is two phones that are exactly identical with one being cheaper. We don't even know what the office name of the M4 is going to be. *shrugs* whatever.

          • Deon Davis

            They way you are making your argument HTC is damned if the do and damned if they don't. HTC is getting a lot of buzz right now which they have not had in a while. Any smart company will try to capitalize this opportunity. If you haven't been paying attention around the web people are asking for a premium 4.3 inch phone as they feel 4.7 to 5.0 is to big for them. This M4 should do it, I admit it should have at least 32GB of memory but other then that it's a fine phone. As far as confusing people it's smaller then the one and cheaper but still high build quality for a upper mid-range device. As far other markets such as Japan and China you have to cater to their particular market to sell phones. China you have to have a dual sim phone for instance which make htc offer different phones and have to meet different price points.

          • fixxmyhead

            Samsung never said they would focus on only one so they can make a lot.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      Brotato, you need more than one phone in a line that starts with a giant device. Even Apple's rumored to be releasing a smaller, lower-end device this year.

      As long as they keep the line contained to 3 or fewer products, I'd say they're on the right track.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

        We'll see how the year end cause they already got 2 out, 1 out in China and and 2 rumored in the pipeline. I wouldn't be surprised if VZW tried to get their own flagship from HTC with a DNA 2 that's not a One variant but the Butterfly. I

        • Deon Davis

          They way you are making your argument HTC is damned if the do and damned if they don't. HTC is getting a lot of buzz right now which they have not had in a while. Any smart company will try to capitalize this opportunity. If you haven't been paying attention around the web people are asking for a premium 4.3 inch phone as they feel 4.7 to 5.0 is to big for them. This M4 should do it, I admit it should have at least 32GB of memory but other then that it's a fine phone. As far as confusing people it's smaller then the one and cheaper but still high build quality for a upper mid-range device. As far other markets such as Japan and China you have to cater to their particular market to sell phones. China you have to have a dual sim phone for instance which make htc offer different phones and have to meet different price points.

          • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

            Ok, First off, I WANT HTC to succeed. Second, I'm NOT against any mfr making multiple phones to coincide wtih the market. It's one of the great aspect of Android. What I am POINTING out is that HTC said THEMSELVES they wanted to focus on less phones but are not doing a good job keeping to it if they are still going to put out multiple phones. They had a great buzz with the One X, and look at what happen with that. You can't sit there and say you want to focus on less phones and not confuse customer and then you turn around and have multiple phones and/or look the same. For the record I like the idea of the m4, I hope it helps the company regain structure to stay afloat and not allow Samsung to the heart of what people think is an Android phone. But they're strategy and marketing is in a downward spiral. If the One, the M4, the First, the E1, the Butterfly 2, the rumored Myst, .... Don't help sales... So yeah HTC is damned if they do and damn if they don't.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

        LOL brotato. What are we 5?

  • Sqube

    I can't help but feel like they're going to miss the point of the halo phone AGAIN. I know there's nothing to prove it, but... well, there's the One. Now there's the One Half. It's not a stretch for the One and a Half, then regional variations, then they're screwed.

    Please, HTC. Don't do this. Not again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

      EXACTLY!

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      You realize virtually every phone has dozens of regional variants, right? Even Apple has 3 models for the US, and that's only because they aren't on T-Mobile yet (IIRC).

      The only major phone that doesn't have regional variants is Nexus 4, and look at all the shit it takes for not having LTE as a result.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

        Different variants and different model phones are two separate thing. The M4 is not a variant. Its a whole other phone. The only variant is the body structure.

      • QwietStorm

        Yes the iPhone is on T-Mobile.

  • Bleakvision

    Sounds quite nice, but let's not forget that this phone will have to compete directly with the Nexus 4, which is at 350$ unlocked.

    • perfectlyreasonabletoo

      I own a Nexus 4 and I've used a One. The latter is a vastly superior device. The speakers alone put it in another league, to say nothing of the camera, screen, and astronomical difference in build quality.

      I'm not ready for an upgrade yet and I'm waiting to see what Nexus devices come out this year anyway, but if this wasn't the case I'd definitely get a One instead of a Nexus 4 or S4.

  • QwietStorm

    I'd really like to know the price. Would rather get this for my girlfriend than the S3 or S4 mini. And those are some incredible specs for the 'basic' version of a flagship. Great times we live in.

  • http://twitter.com/wordsmanifest WordsManifest

    HTC One More Thing

  • Freak4Dell

    I hate to leave Motorola, but this may just be too hard to resist. Of course, if Motorola releases that phone that was leaked a while back, then I'm going to really have a hard time deciding.

  • PINJ

    HTC V One X

  • gagetbOy

    ???? whats wrong with the specs? dual core? I hate that nvidia has brainwashed the masses

  • tonkotsu

    i'm hearing that it'll have a 1700mAH battery, which is pretty horrible for the specs. very 2010 of them.

    • http://www.cargocollective.com/vivimagic Ashley Glover

      Well the One S has a slightly less powerful spec battery and that lasts about a good day of general use. But I see what you mean, the battery would be a deal breaker when it comes buying this phone for me.

  • GigiAUT

    After seeing the price of a One unlocked, I'm kind of hoping the price of this will be a little more wallet friendly. I love the designs. Just don't want to shell out so much for a phone.

  • http://twitter.com/markeur1 markeur

    Smartphone extremely interesting because pure characteristics "marketing" of its big brother, ie 4 cores and the FULL HD, knowing that having fewer pixels to display results in better performance CPU / GPU level, i think it's will be a competitor of the iphone 5 low cost

  • BeeJei

    This is much better compared to S3 mini and S4 mini. Those mobile phones are just S2 PLUS'.

  • lannister

    the Google I/O also said there will be a One with stock Android. And you didn't compare photos in the dark, which is where the One's camera wins. until the next iphone c5 & Galaxy Note 3 abonnement