HTC One Mini proves mid-range phones can be interesting

The HTC One has been around for months and it is credited with saving the Taiwanese smartphone maker from going under.

Now HTC is hoping to replicate its success with a cheaper and smaller version, with the same design and innovative camera. The HTC One Mini boasts a 4.3-inch SLCD3 screen in 720p, which doesn’t sound bad, or even “mini” for that matter. Just a couple of years ago flagship Android phones shipped with 4.3-inch WVGA panels.

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. In terms of features, the Mini has a lot going for it. It boasts LTE and Bluetooth 4.0, but best of all it has the same 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera used on the flagship HTC One.

Its appearance is also borrowed from its big brother. Why mess around with a design that works? The HTC One is widely considered one of the best looking smartphones on market and the Mini looks like a carbon copy. Unlike the aluminium clad HTC One, the Mini is a polycarbonate affair, although its back cover is aluminium. Like its sibling, it looks pretty good, too.

Further, HTC has a reputation for building great polycarbonate phones, so build quality should not be a problem. 

Sadly there is still no word on price, but HTC says it will start shipping the One Mini to select markets in August. If the price is right, it could even wipe the floor with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini.