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HTC Announces the One Mini, Will Hit Select Markets Starting in August

HTC One Mini

Yesterday afternoon, HTC took to their Twitter account to tease the announcement of the One Mini. This morning, we finally have the device revealed for the masses. After what seems like months of leaks/speculation/rumors, the device is finally official with market launch set for a yet-to-be-determined date in August. The One Mini features a few of the things that makes the larger One such a desirable device for consumers, but in a smaller 4.3″ package. 

Some of the things that the Mini will feature that are also found in its big brother are BoomSound (two front-facing speakers that deliver a punch), an UltraPixel camera along its backside, as well as software enhancements made possible by HTC’s Sense 5. Yes, don’t worry, Zoes are on the One Mini.

As for the hardware side of things, the One Mini comes with a crisp 4.3″ 720p LCD 3 display, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of non-expandable storage and just a 1,800mAh battery. Another shocker is that HTC decided to remove NFC and the IR blaster from the Mini – not sure why NFC had to go, but apparently it has.

Select market availability is set for August, with a wider global launch being prepped for September. No word on pricing yet, but does this interest you at all?



HTC’s ultimate 4.3” smartphone complete with HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound

London, July 18, 2013 — HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today announced the HTC One mini, a compact version of the award winning HTC One, which has redefined the smartphone experience with revolutionary technologies including HTC BlinkFeed™, HTC Zoe™ and HTC BoomSound™.

Available in 181 countries and across more than 583 networks worldwide, the HTC One has proven to be an unprecedented success across the globe, receiving multiple industry accolades since launch and increasing the company’s brand awareness with young consumers to an all-time high of 87%[1]. The number of consumers intending to own an HTC in the next six months has also doubled as a result[2] with the HTC One being recommended by 94% of owners[3].

Answering the call of consumers who want the best in mobile technology in a body that slips easily into a pocket, the HTC One mini heralds an exciting period for the company, as it builds on its platform of innovation leader. Distilling the iconic design of the HTC One, this new addition to the family combines a 4.3” display and powerful dual-core 1.4 GHz processor. It also runs the latest version of Android with HTC Sense®, bringing HTC’s flagship mobile experience to style-seekers who demand premium looks and performance.

“We are proud to be behind the market’s leading smartphone and now, with the addition of the HTC One mini, the best smartphone family in the world.” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “The HTC One mini embodies everything that makes the HTC One a success on a smaller but equally eye-catching scale.”

An object of desire

Sporting a sharp and vivid 4.3” High Definition 720p screen, the HTC One mini boasts HTC’s unrivalled design credentials. Available in Glacial Silver and Stealth Black, its striking aluminium unibody, slim profile and tapered edges both look incredible and feel great in the hand.

HTC BoomSound: mobile sound changed forever

The HTC One revolutionised the smartphone audio experience with HTC BoomSound’s dual frontal stereo speakers. Powered by dedicated amplifiers to deliver less distortion and finer detail, the HTC One mini offers the same huge sound, delivering the raw power that will put you and your friends at the heart of the action, whether listening to music, watching videos or playing games. Beats Audio™ integration takes immersive audio to the next level, guaranteeing the best listening experience available on a mobile phone.

HTC BlinkFeed: Your favourite content all on one screen
The HTC One mini puts your favourite content at the centre of your mobile world. Transforming the home screen into a single live stream of relevant information, HTC BlinkFeed delivers social updates, news updates and photos directly to the place you need them most.  Aggregating the freshest content, with more than 10,000 feeds served up daily from the most relevant and interesting sources, all the information you need is available at a glance, without the need to jump between multiple applications and websites.

HTC UltraPixel Camera with HTC Zoe and Video Highlights

Never miss a moment with HTC’s revolutionary camera experience powered by the stunning UltraPixel Camera and featuring HTC Zoe. Capturing 300 per cent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors, HTC’s UltraPixel camera captures photos in incredible detail and enhanced dynamic range, even in low light. HTC Zoe also brings special moments to life in three-second videos, enabling a range of advanced editing capabilities and creative flexibility.

With the ability to take awe-inspiring images and amazing self-portraits on the 1.6MP front-facing camera, you won’t want to keep them to yourself. Watch your photos come to life in a living, breathing gallery and share special events with visually stunning 30-second shows, created automatically by Video Highlights – no professional editing software or skill required. Simply select your own soundtrack from one of the pre-loaded themes or from your personal music library, before sharing your videos online for everyone to enjoy.

Global Availability
The HTC One mini will be available in select markets from August and rolled out globally from September.

  • Blue Sun

    “…Will Hit Select Markets Starting in August…” Read: Not Verizon.

  • flosserelli

    August launch? So it should be in VZW stores around Christmas.

  • Daistaar

    So HTC is now on their second One device and Verizon still hasn’t released the initial device? Perfect…

    • @OSITF_blog

      Don’t worry, the One Mini will be available on Verizon no later than Q3 2016.

  • Scottyb112

    Booooo (throws something off of his desk at the screen) Not even worth looking at. Its like the HTC One’s bad stepbrother

  • TheSimpleTruth

    You know I WAS excited about this phone… Now it seems like they gave up too much. I guess my dreams of a high quality, and small Android smartphone will need to go on the back burner for now.. Nice try HTC.. But I’ll pass.

  • Butters619

    Anybody even considering this should just wait for the Moto X. Better specs and probably not much bigger footprint (wider but not taller).

  • Dave

    How is NFC technology ever supposed to really take off mainstream? As bad as it sounds, I don’t think it will be until Apple releases their device with it. sucks to say that.

    • sagisarius

      I try to use it on my Nexus 4, it’s really hit or miss. I could see how it would be great for like adding wifi or bluetooth devices, or maybe wireless printers or other peripherals… but for the payment thing it has a lot of problems.

    • Cláudio Brito

      I have NFC on my phone and never used it… That and the IR Blaster for me are things not missed…

      • Dave

        True. Unless my wife starts making me videos to not watch on the plane, the bumping deal is cumbersome.

  • ahhh yes

    if it had at least 32gb and cost $400 or less outright might consider. Just cant justify vs the n4 for only $350

    • Cláudio Brito

      That is the point. Compared to the N4 this is not worth it… With the specs presented 300 would be the right price… but you know, OEMs… probably $399

  • Alex Smith

    A 4.3″ screen means nothing to anyone if the phone is still over 5″. I don’t understand why they even went there.

    I’ll probably end up going with an iphone 5s if none of these new android phones can keep it under 5″, and I’ve been an android user since the OG Droid

    • LionStone

      Being an Android user since the OG Droid means nothing if you bail to the Dark Side 🙂

  • sagisarius

    Man, if they had a google play edition of this thing, that would be nice.

  • Geoff Johnson

    The lost screen real estate is now used for larger bezels…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Select Market….Aka no US Carrier will ever pick this up.

    • tyguy829

      pretty sure the ATT version leaked already. I think it was on android police.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        ATT picks up everything and anything. Guess that rule doesn’t apply to them.

        • tyguy829

          that’s so true. they have been getting exclusives on literally everything recently. it’s really annoying actually

  • Bionic

    Honestly dont see the point of this phone, but to each their own.

    • Tyler Casilio

      To get some iPhone people maybe. Same small screen size lol I agree with you

      • T4rd

        Exactly. I know we all love our 5+” phones here, but there’s still a large percentage of people out there that like their small 4″-4.3″ phones. My wife and a lot of her friends are some of them.

        • Tyler Casilio

          Yup. I don’t get why, but yeah. They see my DNA and say that’s huge, I, of course, follow up with a “that’s what she said.” I can’t help myself in that situation

      • Butters619

        Yeah, but they took that small screen and put it in a massive body. It’s nearly as tall as the One. Although I guess iPhone users do like tall and skinny :p

        • LionStone

          BoomSound! 🙂

    • Silver Veloz

      With those specs I’ll just stick with my Droid Bionic (Jelly Bean) until I decide on the S4 or wait on Moto X or even Motorola Nova??

    • samari711

      I guess it depends on the price. if it’s under 100 on contract and 300ish off contract it may make sense for people without the disposable income to buy the latest and greatest phone every 3 months.

  • NorCalGuy

    I just wanted the ir blaster

  • Tyler Casilio

    Verizon HTC One August 1st. I wanna see that Trailer

  • BRIM

    Only thing “mini” about this is it’s spec sheet.

    No NFC? No IR? No image stabilization? Miniscule battery?

    Only 1 CM shorter than the already extra long One. Oh, HTC…your antics never fail.

    • Aardvark99

      I like how (over on The Verge) they have the HTC rep on video describing the phone as “no compromises”. http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/18/4530946/htc-one-mini-specs-release-date-price

    • Christopher Moore

      When you can get a HTC One for $100 in some areas I start to question the existence of this phone and even the S4 mini. Either bring all the features or just don’t try. I guess iPhone users would call it a upgrade.

  • MotoRulz

    Looks the same but truly very different phones. HTC One Mini = HTC Two

  • JustReboot

    hmmm.. aluminum / plastic merger… not sure how that would work