HTC One’s smaller edition, the HTC One Mini is one more step closer to its release date, acquired as it has the necessary Global Certification Forum certification. HTC had announced One Mini earlier this month. This 4.7 inch device is coming forth to compliment the large HTC One as well as to take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. However, the HTC produce is considered a step up on the S4 Mini considering the full metal body of the former which makes it a more robust offering compared to the plasticky S4 Mini.
Meanwhile, the One Mini has also received approval for various GSM bands which are used by various US based carriers. As of now, it is believed that T Mobile will be the carrier of choice though nothing has been confirmed so far. So it’s like all the decks are cleared for the One Mine to hit store shelves in the US though HTC is no mood to reveal when it’s going to happen. Analysts however expect the device to enter the US retail scene in August. Those in the UK are lucky in that they have a first release date announced, August 9 and pre-orders are currently being accepted.
As for the device itself, the One Mini clearly is not about the superlatives that its bigger cousin is associated with. Rather, the One Mini can be considered a more affordable version of the HTC One while also being more comfortably sized with a 4.7 (720p) display. On the inside lurks a dual core chip that clocks at 1.4 Ghz. The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and also features the famed Ultrapixel camera. Also, of course there is the Sense 5 UI built on top that will allow it to access HTC Zoe and HTC BlinkFeed.