The release date for the HTC One mini has been set for Friday AT&T, starting at $99.99 after discount with a new two-year agreement. The HTC One mini has less powerful specs than the flagship One, in addition to its more compact size.
The HTC One mini will release exclusively on the AT&T network, dashing hopes (and rumors) that it would come to other U.S. networks, like T-Mobile and Verizon. The HTC One has been generally well-reviewed online, and the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer hopes to reproduce success on a smaller scale with the HTC One mini.
The 4.3-inch (diagonal) phone is mostly constructed of aluminum and glass, with a rubberized plastic ring around the edge HTC says makes it easier to grip, and no doubt lowers the overall price of the One mini. The HTC One mini has BoomSound, dual front-facing speakers with built-in amplifiers for better stereo sound quality. The HTC One mini will also feature the UltraPixel camera technology found in the One, which HTC says “captures 300 percent more light than traditional smartphone camera sensors.”
The HTC One mini will release with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean rather than the newest version of the Google operating system. HTC Sense will also integrate with Android one the One mini, HTC's user experience (UX) that features the BlinkFeed social network aggregator and Vine-like short film app Zoe.
The HTC One mini specs a 4.3-inch 720p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8930AA) 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. The HTC One mini is bumped down from Super LCD 3 in the One to Super LCD 2, with 341 pixels-per-inch (ppi) compared to the One’s 468 ppi. The HTC One Mini also features 4G LTE connectivity compatibile with AT&T's network, a 1.6-megapixel front-facing camera and has 802.11n WiFi, not the faster 802.11ac standard found in the larger model.
Thomas Halleck is a technology reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews, gadget news and more....