HTC is preparing to release a scaled down version of its HTC One flagship smartphone, Bloomberg reports, citing two sources “familiar with the matter.” The long-rumored handset, also called the M4, will reportedly go on sale this August; photos of the 4.3-inch HTC One mini leaked earlier this month.
Aside from the smaller screen (4.3-inch 720p compared to the One’s 4.7-inch 1080p display), the upcoming device will sport a less-powerful Qualcomm chipset and a lower pixel resolution, according to one source who asked to remain anonymous. The still-unconfirmed HTC One mini is rumored to feature 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a dual-core processor and a slightly less powerful Ultrapixel camera.
HTC’s decision to follow up the popular HTC One with a miniaturized version of the aluminum handset draws obvious comparison’s to the Taiwanese company’s biggest competition, Samsung, which quickly followed up the Galaxy S4 with a Mini version of it’s own flagship smartphone. The HTC One has been a success for the company, bringing in profits for the struggling company last month for the first time in almost a year.