04
May
one mini 2

We've been hearing rumors of a "mini" version of the HTC One M8 almost since the flagship phone itself started leaking, and today we've seen some of the first concrete evidence that it's nearing completion. Perennial mobile Deepthroat Evleaks posted the renders/press photos below, showing the new device in three different colors. It preserves the style and materials of the current HTC One line.

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Metal body? Check. Dual front-facing speakers? Check. But there's at least one feature that's not there: the much-ballyhooed Duo camera from the One M8, which uses a secondary rear camera sensor for various quality-enhancing photo functions. Earlier leaks from less reliable sources also omitted the Duo camera (though the design on those leaks was somewhat different - note the placement of the proximity sensor on the front). The Evleaks post also shows a single LED flash module on the back, as opposed to two on the M8. HTC's change to virtual navigation buttons, not to mention an annoying center-placed logo on a big bezel, seems to be here to stay.

A previous post from Evleaks gave the standard specs: 4.5" 720p screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, Android 4.4.2, an anemic 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage plus MicroSD card slot. The rear camera is an alleged 13MP with the front-facing camera being 5MP, meaning that the "Ultrapixel" camera design is reserved for the flagship. Based on the disappointing results from our review, that might be a blessing. Also note that a phone with a 4.5" screen is stretching the definition of "mini."

Price and release date for the HTC One Mini 2 are currently up in the air, but "summer" and "slightly cheaper than the M8" seem like pretty obvious bets.

Source: Evleaks

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • sssgadget

    One mini 2 m8

    ಠ_ಠ

    • dudley

      It's either One mini 2 / or M8 mini. I don't see the problem.

      • MiniOne_Plus_OneM8_Maxx_Z

        HTC doesn't see the problem either.
        THAT'S WHY HTC IS SINKING.

        It's a naming chaos/mess!

        • Dario

          Yeah, I am sure that is why they are sinking. Poorly named devices.

          But really , HTC One equals Samsung Galaxy, One equals Galaxy. Brand versus brand.

          Mini, M8, Max, etc, equals the gadget spam you see from Samsung under the Galaxy brand. If anything Sammy has the naming chaos due to higher number of Galaxy branded phones.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

            But the confusing part here would be that HTC decided to release a device called the "HTC One".
            Translated to Galaxies, it would be a "Samsung Galaxy" which is different than a "Samsung Galaxy S". I hear too many ignorant people say they want or have "a Samsung Galaxy" which refers to the general set of devices, which wouldn't be the case with HTC One series.

            Damn this is confusing...

          • TheLastAngel

            There actually was a phone called Samsung Galaxy.

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

            Wait what?

        • KingofPing

          Someone is over-reacting a tad...

          My Chevy Impala didn't confuse me at all, even though it has the same exact name as every Chevy Impala before it. I don't see anyone crying foul to the car companies for how they name their vehicles...do you?

  • John

    HTC, just call it the "HTC One (M8) Mini".

    • Ahmad Nadeem

      Actually it should be the "HTC One Mini(M5)" IMO

      • sssgadget

        Nah.. HTC 1/2 Mini (M4)

  • Nathan

    This is the mini m8.

  • Connor Mason

    Do these devices actually sell?

    • jani jokela

      i dont belive they sell, but you never know how stupid some people are

    • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

      People don't seem to buy Nexus devices which are the same price but way more high-end specs, so who knows.

      • John

        How normal consumers differentiate between models:
        Apple: expensive
        Samsung: All of Android
        Other big phones (N5): Ignores, looks towards the latest Samsung flagship
        Small phones: Mid range

        When normal consumers buy an Android phone:
        High-end: Ignores everything except Samsung
        Mid-range: Ignores Nexus 5, goes to Samsung
        Low-end: Ignores Moto G. goes to Samsung

        • Brendan

          The truth about this really pisses me off. I've been seeing a couple Moto X phones out there recently, though. No motomaker ones, though.

    • TY

      Depends on the price.
      If it is priced like last year (~$450), no.
      But $300 a la Desire 816? Yes.

  • jani jokela

    I would be surprised if the price were lower then 400€

  • tay

    That's a pretty good-looking phone for a mid-range price

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    This thing will probably be priced at 400€+. That makes no sense, considering you can get a Nexus 5 for 350-400€ (16GB, 32GB) and a Moto X for 350€ too.

    • kekkojoker90

      here 279 for 16gb nexus 5 :D

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Moto X or Nexus 5?

        • kekkojoker90

          nexus 5

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            ok.

  • Jays2Kings

    I never thought I would see one and two in the same name unless it was twelve.

  • miri

    One mini two mini three mini four...

  • Jephri

    I would trade all three of the cameras on my HTC one m8 for the rear camera on my Z1s. Dou camera is a major failure.

  • Chris

    Why haven't you guys posted any of the G3 leaks of the past like 2 weeks? Yet you're posting about this POS? -_-

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Definitely not mini enough.

  • WallBreaker

    I will forever continue to be baffled by the horrid naming systems these companies use....
    It seems only Lg, Samsung and Apple understand naming/numbering systems.

  • http://www.daverobertson.me Dave Robertson

    My GF has the original One Mini. The sides have cracked (apparently a common fault) and the phone is laggy and slow due to the lack of RAM. Not nearly as good as it should have been, and this doesn't look like it'll be that much better. Shame.

    • Cerberus_tm

      Yeah, the RAM (1GB) really is the one thing that would make me consider upgrading from my Galaxy Nexus: the rest of the phone still seems fast enough for my use.