HTC has announced the arrival of the Mini incarnation of its flagship handset, the HTC One, following the launch of the original in March.
A UK release date has not been confirmed, although the Taiwanese manufacturer said it will be available in selected markets in August, while a global rollout will commence a month later.
The Mini has a 4.3 inch screen – only 0.4 inches shy of the One – a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor, weaker than the One's 1.7GHz quad-core chipset and runs the most up to date version of Android (4.2.2). It also has many of the features of its bigger brother such as its news aggregated homepage BlinkFeed, the Zoe camera and BoomSound audio.
Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, said: ‘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.'
While the HTC One received plaudits when it was launched earlier this year, the manufacturer was hit by supply issues and the handset has yet to reverse sluggish sales.
Phones 4u was the first retailer to announce it was stocking the device. Chief commercial officer Scott Hooton said: 'The HTC One mini is an opportunity for HTC to bring their smartphones to a different set of customers – it’s the smartphone made for those that want the best bits of the HTC One, but in a smaller more compact package. We’re sure that this mini version of the supercharged HTC One, which has won critical acclaim for its incredible performance and design, will be a hit at Phones 4u.'
Author: Matthew Campelli