HTC made no mention of a smaller HTC One (M8) during its press conference earlier this week, but we’re still expecting one to hit the market sometime this year. Now the device is already being referenced on one carrier website. Telia, a mobile operator that provides service in several countries, including Finland and Sweden, has a website dedicated to the handsets that support HD Voice. Among the dozens of phones listed is a reference to the “M8 Mini, ” the smaller version of the M8 that so far hasn’t been announced.
When we met with AT&T earlier this week we learned that the carrier is still stocking and selling the original One (M7) mini in stores, while the One (M7) is moving to online sales only. That suggests there’s not an imminent launch of the (M8) Mini – at least probably not until the (M7) Mini finishes its product cycle. A launch sometime this summer would line up with HTC’s release cycle last year. The company introduced the One (M7) in March and then the One Mini was announced in July. Who knows, though? HTC might try to get the smaller M8 out the door quicker this time.
Telia’s site doesn’t make any other references to the phone, so we don’t know what kind of specs to expect. The One Mini is a watered-down version of the One (M7), and so far HTC hasn’t indicated any plans to follow in the footsteps of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact by offering a flagship specs in a smaller form factor.