Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC has announced the successor to its HTC One Mini from 2013, with the title of HTC One Mini 2 - and improvements around the camera, screen size and CPU.
It comes with a 15-megapixel camera on the rear, and not the 4MP Ultrapixel variant found in the HTC One, HTC One M8 and HTC One Mini.
On the front, is a 5-megapixel camera – an increase from last year’s 1.2MP version.
The front also sees the inclusion of a 4.5-inch HD 720 x 1,280 LCD2 screen (up from the older versions 4.3-inch display).
Powering the 4G device is a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage – and support for microSD cards (128GB).
The latter was missing from the HTC One Mini, and driving it, was a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU.
It still has the front facing, dual-stereo speakers, top and bottom of the screen, known as HTC BoomSound – which has a built in amp, said to deliver rich tones.
Android 4.4 KitKat is the OS of choice, with the HTC Sense 6 overlay, which is accompanied with the BlinkFeed news aggregator and the Zoe picture highlight creator.
“The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distills the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset”, said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation.
“Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It’s the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One (M8) yet want something more compact.”
HTC’s One Mini 2 will be available in Gunmetal Grey, Glacial Silver and Amber Gold from June – where Omio has already seen pre-order deals with O2.
O2 is carrying the phone for free on £28 a month, with a 500MB data allowance, 500 minutes and unlimited texting – or on PAYG, for £359.99.