The rumor bonanza revolving around HTC’s diminutive One (M8) version carries on, with the mid-range smartphone now informally pictured in all its splendor and the market name reportedly altered to One mini 2.
It’s over, HTC, it’s truly and conclusively over. Your efforts to keep a lid on leaks prior to a high-profile product announcement have failed yet again, as the One mini 2, aka One (M8) mini, aka the next little all-metal handheld that could, is an open book.
It’s been an open book for a while specification-wise, and a seemingly legitimate press render seals the deal aesthetically too. No surprises as far as the overall design language goes, with the One mini 2 and full-sized One (M8) resembling twins from a mile away.
Save, of course, for one key detail. The One mini 2 ditches M8’s experimental Duo Camera package, settling for a slightly more conventional and less controversial single cam setup. With a 13 megapixel snapper, mind you, not a fancy UltraPixel unit. No one’s complaining, right?
Well, you may complain about the 4.5 incher’s lack of pizazz in the raw power department, since M8’s cutting-edge Snapdragon 801 chip is replaced by a 1.4 GHz S400. But remember, the One mini 2 needs to stay on a budget.
Also helping the gizmo reach its cost-friendly target, the screen boasts 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution and 1 GB RAM doubles the mid-end CPU to take care of the speed business. On the software side of things, Android 4.4 KitKat naturally runs the show, aided by the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI, 6.0.
Finally, you get 16 GB of built-in storage space, presumably expandable via microSD cards, just like on the bigger 2014 One. And now we wait…