HTC teases One Mini with daft 'Little Things' infographic

HTC must be ready to unveil the One Mini -- it's paid tribute to 'little things that pack a big punch' in a quirky infographic on its blog.

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HTC must be nearly ready to unveil the comprehensively leaked HTC One Mini -- it's paid tribute to 'little things that pack a big punch' in a quirky infographic on its corporate blog.

The graphic shows tiny animals, people and cultural and scientific phenomena that punch above their weight, implying the Taiwanese company has something similarly mini-mighty up its sleeve.

"The HTC One, nearly everyone agrees, is the pinnacle of smart phone achievement," the post boasts. "The beautiful metal design, powerful hardware, and innovative user experience pack a lot into a svelte package, making it hit with critics and consumers alike. This success has only boosted our passion to bring the One experience to as many people as possible."

So, packs a punch, but bringing it to more people? That sounds exactly like what's been leaked over the last month or so -- a smaller, cheaper version of the HTC One.

There is one problem though: the leaked specs don't excite at all. Screengrabs purporting to be from the One Mini claim it has a dual-core 1.4GHz chip and a 1,280x720-pixel, 4.3-inch screen -- much less thrilling than the big One's 4.7-inch Full HD screen and quad-core engine.

Nevertheless, the One has been hugely popular and its best feature is its classy metal design. For less demanding, smaller handed phone fans, a blower with the look and feel of the One but a scaled-down screen might be just what they're looking for.

We certainly found that was the case with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which is much less powerful than its mighty sibling on paper, but was still able to punch above its weight when it came to shifting pixels in Android games. Hopefully the One Mini will be a little cheaper -- the S4 Mini's £380 price tag is offputting.

You can check out the whole of HTC's nutty factsheet over here. This is my favourite bit, although I'd dispute the line about him having 'no trouble with the ladies'. Tyrion's got 99 problems, and at least half of them are lady-related.

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