HTC downsizes its Android flagship, calls it One mini

Following rival maker Samsung, HTC continues the smartphone flagship miniaturizing trend by unveiling a smaller iteration of the company's popular One. The new handset, simply called One mini, offers appealing hardware specifications in a package that targets a wider market audience.

The One mini packs a 4.3-inch Super LCD 3 panel with a resolution of 720 by 1280 (341 pixels per inch density). The device is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, backed by an Adreno 305 graphics card, 1 GB of RAM and a non-removable 1,800 mAh battery. The smartphone ships with 16 GB of internal storage and no microSD card slot (therefore, users will be limited to the out-of-the-box capacity).

On the back, the One mini features a 4 MP UltraPixel shooter with auto-focus and LED flash, that is capable of 1080p video recording. The smartphone also comes with a 1.6 MP front-facing camera that can record 720p video. Beats Audio sound processing, BoomSound stereo speakers and the Zoe camera software are offered.

In terms of connectivity, the One mini supports 4G LTE and HSPA+ cellular networks; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct; DLNA; MHL; Bluetooth 4.0; A-GPS with Glonass support and the usual array of sensors.

The One mini runs the latest Android iteration, version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, alongside HTC's usual add-ons from Sense 5, like BlinkFeed and Share.

The One mini comes in at 132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm and 122 grams. The smartphone will be offered in Glacial Silver and Stealth Black. It will be initially available only in "select markets" in August, followed by a global roll-out that will kick off in September.

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