It appears that while HTC are well into the later stages of development for its upcoming flagship, codenamed M8, the struggling Taiwanese company is also working on a “Mini” variant of the M8, presumably for a launch in a similar timeframe. Last year’s HTC One Mini was announced in July last year, some five months after the announcement of the 4.7-inch flagship.
Interestingly, HTC looks like they’re treading some dangerous waters with its choice of hardware for the next One Mini – if serial leaker @evleaks is to be believed. According to him, the “M8 Mini” looks like a minor upgrade compared to the 2013 HTC One Mini: there’s a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, while the differences with the new model is a larger 720p display (4.5-inch vs 4.3 inches), Android 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 6.0, and what appears to be a significantly better camera setup…on paper at least: a 13MP rear module coupled with a large 5MP front-facing camera (the 2013 model only sported a 4MP UltraPixel sensor at the back, and a 1.6MP front-facing module).
For now, there’s no information on that 13MP sensor, but it looks very likely that HTC will be dropping the UltraPixel sensor in favour of a traditional sensor for the new One Mini. After all, HTC’s next flagship will see an even more zany camera setup with its dual-sensor camera module, as can be seen in the image above by French site nowhereelse.fr.
(Source: @evleaks (Twitter))