The art of needlessly re-naming manufacturer's phones for American carriers seems to have gone out of vogue in the last year or two - no more Droid Xyboards, no more Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. But in the case of the HTC One Mini 2, I think the original name was bad enough that we can forgive Verizon for wanting a rebrand. The HTC One Remix, which is almost certainly Verizon's rebranded version of the One Mini 2, was featured in a Verizon promotional video this morning. Unfortunately someone caught wise and set the video to private before we could get the post up.


But our alert system documented the upload, including a description of the phone: 4.5" "HD" (read: 720p) screen, curved back, yadda yadda. We did get to see the video before it was removed, and yeah, it's the One Mini 2. A press image leak and an FCC filing show that the phone is pretty close to release, whatever Verizon decides to call it, and that's good enough for us.

The international version of the One Mini 2 features the metal build and front-facing speakers of the One M8 in a smaller body, but the specs have been downgraded, just like the original One Mini. It uses a Snapdragon 400 processor and one lonely gigabyte of RAM, with a single 13MP rear camera (which some users may actually prefer to the Duo Cam on the larger phone). Whenever the Remix lands in Verizon stores, it should be running Android 4.4.2 with Sense sprinkled on top.

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.

  • ProductFRED

    The dumbest name I've ever heard for such an elegant phone. Do we really need to go back to the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant/Captivate/Fascinate/Epic era?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      *EPIC 4G Touch.

      • ProductFRED

        The Galaxy S was the Epic 4G. The Epic 4G Touch was the S2.

  • Cael

    It's basically an HTC One. Calling it he HTC One Remix makes sense.

  • BoFiS

    Release Date Please...that or Xperia Z1 Compact on Verizon, but since that isn't likely, this is at least a half-decent SMALLER phone, which some of us want over all the HUGE ones offered by everyone that do not fit in my pocket/hand

  • Richard Yarrell

    Verizon is so soft and comically useless with it's childish branding this won't help any sales for the HTC One. M8

  • black

    Surely, this will sell like hotcakes.