Last week we first heard that a Mini variant of HTC’s new One M8 would be coming at some point in the future. That’s because a Swedish carrier decided to just out the yet-unannounced handset in a list of devices that support HD Voice.
It’s been pretty obvious, though, that HTC would follow-up last year’s One Mini with a new iteration, since the ‘Mini’ trend doesn’t look like it’s going to go away anytime soon (and more manufacturers are joining, see LG and its G2 Mini). Although these smartphones really can’t be called ‘Mini flagships’ (except Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact), they do generally tend to look exactly like their non-Mini relatives, and as such have some appeal in the mass-market despite their midrange specs.
Apparently you’ll be able to buy an HTC One M8 Mini in the UK in May. This reportedly comes from a reliable source, one who has in the past predicted the release timing of the Sony Xperia E1 in the UK. This source is supposedly working at a big UK retailer, and he or she has spilled the beans to 3G.co.uk.
The One M8 Mini is further said to feature the expected unibody aluminium design just like the One M8 (which is pictured above), and the screen size should be 4.5 inches diagonally, so a .2-inch increase from last year’s One Mini. The resolution isn’t specified, but it should be at least 720p HD (since that is what the original One Mini sports and we’re hoping not to see a downgrade here). Finally, don’t expect to see the Duo Camera make an appearance in the One M8 Mini, instead HTC has opted for a classic setup with a single-sensor rear shooter.