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