The HTC trend will continue in 2014, after finding out about the HTC M8, it looks like the Taiwanese phone makers will be adding a smaller and cheaper version, named the HTC M8 Mini.
Leaked out by Evleaks on Twitter, the HTC M8 Mini specs do not offer anything to write home about, but they are mid-range and will hopefully match performance on higher-end phones last year.
The HTC M8 Mini will have an upgraded larger screen, a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and SD card slot for additional storage.
Considering the HTC M8 Mini is set to run on Android KitKat 4.4, it is acceptable to have only 1GB of RAM and a lower clock speed on the processor, although this means performance will be decent at best.
Cameras on the HTC M8 Mini look to step away from the UltraPixel brand, the rear adopting a 13MP sensor and a 5MP front facing camera, a big number for the selfie camera.
Another change coming to the HTC M8 Mini and possibly the HTC M8 will be Sense 6.0, the latest UI from HTC. According to rumors, this will be the first UI update to add on-screen buttons, removing HTC’s custom keys.
The HTC Mini has always been priced a little too high for how much performance it offers, but the HTC One Mini did bring a nice stylish metal unibody to compensate, perhaps if they lower the price this could be a real mid-range best buy.
We recently heard on HTC’s Q4 financial call they will be looking to work on cheaper phones this year, to compensate for the loss in 2013. The financials don’t look great for the company, once king of Android, they now are fighting for scraps with Motorola, Sony and others, under the shadow of Samsung.