HTC has barely unveiled the One (M8), and the tireless rumormongers are already prepared to spoil the company’s next couple of surprises, revealing an M8 mini is around the corner, possibly followed by an enigmatic M8 “Ace”.
It’s been roughly a month and a half since perennial whistleblower @evleaks divulged some of the features expected to be carried by HTC’s upcoming M8 mini, aka One mini 2, or One (M8) mini. And today, everyone’s favorite mobile informant (except for, you know, OEMs) wants to refresh our memory, essentially confirming the launch is still on.
When will the mid-range all-aluminum 4.5-inch smartphone go official? That, I’m afraid, is anybody’s guess. Technically, the first-generation One mini turns one in July, and so it may be a while until HTC decides it needs a sequel.
But no one’s naïve enough to think Samsung will keep its Galaxy S5 mini on the sidelines for so long. Two other rivals for the largest piece of the “Mini” pie, Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact and LG’s G2 mini are out and about already, so all in all, my guesstimate is HTC will look to release the M8 mini in April, early May, at the latest.
If current hardware speculation pans out, the handheld is nowhere near as glamorous as the Xperia Z1 Compact, barely raising One mini’s ante from 2013. The biggest upgrade expected is in the camera department, with the main snapper tipped to sport a 13 MP sensor.
No more UltraPixel monkey business? Sounds hard to believe, yet nothing’s off limits at the moment. Too bad HTC isn’t ready to go beyond the 1 GB RAM mark. And the quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip is an evolution, but hardly a revolution.
Now, let’s forget Minis and turn our attention to Aces. What exactly is the M8 Ace? And why is there a question mark following its name on Twitter? Probably, it’s the follow-up to last year’s One Max. And likely, HTC isn’t convinced the phablet market niche is worth the time spent and financial resources invested.
Unless the M8 Ace is something else entirely. A curved display device à la LG’s G Flex, maybe? A stylus-supporting jumbo-sized smartphone to directly take on Samsung’s Galaxy Notes? A Windows Phone-running HTC One (M8)? Okay, I’ll shut up now.