HTC One Mini preview

HTC One Mini, silver colour, front, back and side views

After something of a time in the wilderness, HTC had a smartphone hit this year with the HTC One. Now the company is set to trade on that success, and that name, with the newly announced HTC One Mini.

Mini? Yes, in a few ways. It’s smaller in both size and specifications. The HTC One Mini measures 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm, with a positively old-school-sized 4.3 inch screen. That screen has a 720p resolution, down from its bigger sibling’s full HD 1080p screen. The processor is downgraded to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, dual-core, 1.4GHz spec, and RAM drops from 2GB to 1GB. On-board memory is also a little skinny, down to 16GB – and there is no micro SD card slot, so the memory stops at that 16GB . It does retain the smart looking aluminium body of the HTC One.

Also retained is the well-regarded HTC UltraPixel Camera of the HTC One, along with the smarts of the HTC Zoe camera software. This video provides and excellent look at the features HTC packs into the camera of HTC One and HTC One Mini for mobile photography.

The HTC One Mini should hit Australian shelves in the third-quarter of the year. There’s no word on local pricing, but as a guide only there has been mention overseas of the phone selling for £379.99. There’s also no mention of whether Australia will have both the silver and black colours in the range.

For a brief introduction to the HTC One Mini, here’s the official first look video: