HTC One could follow Samsung Galaxy S4 with mini version

The HTC One could follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in getting a mini spin-off.

We hear the patter of tiny phone feet: the HTC One could follow in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in getting a mini spin-off.

Digitimes reports that a stripped-down version of HTC's 4.7-inch flagship smart phone could be on the cards this summer, with a smaller 4.3-inch screen and lower specs alongside the latest Android and features borrowed from the One.

The idea of a cheaper version of a flagship phone sets us salivating -- but we've been stung before. Samsung burned us with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and S3 Mini, which slapped the S brand on horribly mediocre phones in an outrageously misleading fashion. Scamsung, more like .

That said, the rumoured specs for the alleged HTC One Mini don't look too horrible: the rumours suggest a high-definition 720p display with a dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It's purported to pack a 4-megapixel UltraPixel camera like the full-fat One, with Sense 5 on top of the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software.

It sounds like a smart move for the struggling HTC. The HTC One is a fantastic phone, but profits are through the floor and there's a worrying executive exodus as bosses jump ship . Taking a leaf out of Samsung's book seems smart: Samsung became the biggest phone manufacturer in the world by selling truckloads of its powerhouse flagship, but also wooed the rest of the market with a range of decent mid-range phones. 

Previous rumours have suggested a larger version of the One, too . Meanwhile Samsung is also set to follow the S4 with a range of spin-offs, including a waterproof S4 Active and camera-focussed S4 Zoom. 

But the big question is what would a smaller version of the One be called? The HTC 0.75?


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