HTC released the original One Miniin July 2013, and followed up with the 4.5-inch One Mini 2, which was based on the One M8 and launched in May 2014. One Mini devices featured metallic designs closely resembling the top of the line One M7 and M8, but with pared-down specifications that put them in direct competition with budget-friendly phones like the Moto G. Given HTC’s decision to pull the plug, it’s safe to say people didn’t flock to buy the more expensive One Mini.
HTC is now focusing on the 5 to 5.5-inch range, with devices like the One M9+, One E9+, and the rumored hybrid One ME9.
With HTC giving up on the segment, fans of smaller designs have precious few options left. Sony will likely release an Xperia Z4 Compact and Samsung may follow up on the 4.7-inch Alpha later this year, but overall, sub-5-inch devices seem to be going the way of the dodo.
Are you disappointed in this decision? Or is it just inevitable?