It’s turning out to be interesting. While the Verizon HTC One is all set to start rolling from August 22, its smaller sibling, the One Mini will do the same via AT&T from the very next day itself, that is Aug 23. However, the device will be an AT&T exclusive, which means one will only have to be an AT&T subscriber to savor the goodness of the mini HTC.
However, we have already had numerous leaks and rumors to this effect, so it’s least surprising when the carrier finally made it official. The HTC One Mini will be available at $99 which of course involves agreeing to a contract of two years.
As for its specs, the One Mini is a scaled down version of the current HTC flagship. The device comes with a Snapdragon 400 dual core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz which is mated to a 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. There is also an Adreno 305 chip to allow for smooth graphics operations. Some of its other specifications include a 4 MP primary camera (based on ultrapixel tech which means image quality will be far better than what the pixel count might suggest), a front facing camera of 1.6 MP, BoomSound audio and an 1800mAh battery. The device will run Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.2 with Sense 5 user interface running on top. On the front, it will be a 4.3 inch 720p display which translates to a pixel density of 341ppi. What is evident from the above is that the device would not be as powerful as the HTC One, but it is sleek as well as stylish and might as well appeal to those who are a bit concerned about the price and size of the device.
Meanwhile, the above announcement comes close on the heels of AT&T revealing its plans to launch the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. So, there you have it, a device as big as 6.3 inches on one end of the size spectrum and the One Mini with a 4.3 inch display on the other.