HTC One (M8) Mini Press Image Surfaces Online; Dual-Camera Missing in Flagship Compact Model

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By Rohit KVN | May 4, 2014 6:53 PM EST

The purported press image of the rumored HTC One (M8) Mini has surfaced online, revealing that the upcoming flagship compact model may not boast the dual-camera seen in the original HTC One (M8).

Customers look at HTC smartphones in a mobile phone shop in Taipei (file photo). REUTERS/Pichi Chuang/Files

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Technology blog PhoneArena got hold of the alleged press shot of the HTC One (M8) Mini. In the picture, the Gunmetal-Grey hued miniature phone is shown to boast the same design language seen in the 5.0-inch flagship model, sans the dual camera [to see the image, click here].

The leaked image has almost confirmed previous reports, which suggested that HTC One Mini 8 would incorporate a 13.0-megapixel shooter, instead of the UltraPixel dual-camera. Many believe that this is probably a cost-cutting measure, to keep the phone under the mid-range segment.

Like its predecessor, HTC One (M8) Mini is also a stripped down version (in terms of size and internal hardware) of the original marquee model. It is said to sport a smaller 4.5-inch HD (1280x720p) display.

Under the hood, it packs Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC custom Sense v6.0 UI, 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM and 16GB (expandable via microSD card). Though it may not feature the UltraPixel-based primary camera, HTC One (M8) Mini is expected to boast a 5.0-megapixel camera on the front, seen in its elder sibling.

Besides the compact model, HTC is also working on the economic plastic variant of the metal-clad (90-percent) One M8, dubbed HTC One (M8) Ace. The cheaper model will have the same specifications of the original model, sans the metal body. It is seen as a tactic to dent Galaxy S5 sales.

According to multiple reports (1& 2), Both HTC One (M8) Mini and Ace models are slated to debut later this month. However, there is no official announcement from the Taiwanese company as yet.

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Customers look at HTC smartphones in a mobile phone shop in Taipei (file photo). REUTERS/Pichi Chuang/Files
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