Making slightly smaller versions of your flagship smartphone with the "mini" designation seems to be all the rage these days. Just a week after Samsung confirmed its Galaxy S4 Mini, we're seeing compelling evidence that HTC's One Mini (possibly codenamed the M4 - the One was the M7) is close to completion. Estonian website Forte has a wide variety of leaked shots showing what's purported to be a One Mini in black, standing grille-to-grille with its larger sibling.

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According to Forte, the One Mini uses a 4.3-inch screen with a 720p resolution, making "mini" an accurate description only in relative terms. Aesthetically, this phone apes the One right down to the trim and the screen bezel - if it wasn't for the larger phone right next to it, you'd have a hard time convincing us that it was a different model. Specifications include a dual-core processor of unknown clock speed, a generous 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, dual stereo front-facing speakers, and the same 4-"ultrapixel" camera found on the original One. It's a safe bet that the software on display is Android 4.2.

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All of this lines up pretty well with previously leaked press shots of the M4/One Mini. (Note the slightly different speaker grille design on the press shots.) Estimates give the phone a release in July or August, with an unlocked price somewhere in the midrange. Naturally, you should consider nothing final until we hear it from the horse's mouth.

Forte - HTC One Mini

Via The Verge

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Mort

    Is it just the angle, or does the bezel on the Mini make it nearly the same size as the One? It seems like the only thing they managed to substantially shrink is the screen size.

    • mr.klee

      Yeah, I was thinking so too. It might end up just being a downsized screenshot and some angle-magic suggesting the phone being smaller.. Whether or not this is the real deal, it seems like a bad joke.

    • Matthias

      I also hope this is not the final version of the phone...

      Not that I'd personally buy one anyway, but this.... this looks just stupid :(

    • Jeremiah Rice

      To be fair, I think the point is to release a phone that's cheaper first and foremost. The smaller size is more of an afterthought.

      • firethorn

        But the screen is much smaller, so they effectively added a lot of bezel by keeping the physical dimensions more or less the same. I think they could have made it a bit more compact while keeping a lower price point.

    • squiddy20

      To my eyes, the "Mini" is only *slightly* less wide than the One. Height is more or less the same, and I assume thickness is about the same.
      If you're going to release a "Mini" anything, make sure it's actually noticeably smaller than the original. That's the first thing most people think of when they hear the word.

      • a.d.AM

        I dont get it? Why would you want a smaller HTC One? Is it for kids?

        • squiddy20

          Read my entire comment and show me where I stated I wanted a smaller HTC One. But to give you a few examples: maybe someone with smaller hands would want a smaller phone. Maybe someone just doesn't like the size smartphones are getting be, but doesn't want the "perfectly" sized iPhone. Maybe it could be perfect for kids. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe. Just because you don't get it, doesn't mean a few others won't/can't.

          I was merely pointing out that the HTC One "Mini" isn't much smaller than the original, and so shouldn't really be called "Mini". It doesn't appear to be even an inch smaller than the original in either dimension (height or width). For instance, the Mini Cooper is MUCH smaller than the average car, so its name fits. The same can be said for the iPad Mini, which is noticeably smaller than the original iPad. Or mini hot dogs, "mini" baby carrots, mini fridges, mini bars, etc.

          • a.d.AM

            Oh no man. I was agreeing with you. Kind of like "I don't get it as well." Its not that much smaller and it's pointless. Lost in Internet translation.

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  • Omar Al Matar

    Typo : According to Forte, the Once Mini

    HTC Once, Not even Once xD

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Fixed, thanks.

  • G

    Any word on price? £250-300 would be a sweet spot I think. Doubtful, I know...I'm keeping my hopes up.

    • briankariu

      Exactly my good man. If they price it at around 300$ off contract, kaching!!! HTC will be out of the cold water

  • Freak4Dell

    I was seriously considering this thing, but it doesn't actually look all that much smaller than the One. What's the point of a "Mini" if it's not mini?

    • MeCampbell30

      It's cheaper with a worse processor and worse screen.

      • Freak4Dell

        Then it should be called a One Cheap or a One Crappy, not a One Mini. Mini does not mean cheap...it means small.

  • Damien

    Bezels are so thick. Not mini at all..... thick bezels are the reason I didn't get the one....these bezels are ginormous!

  • WhyWai

    Htc One is very beautiful design. But the htc logo in middle of 2 buttons spoiled it for me. such an eyesore for me :(