HTC M4 leaked as an “HTC One Mini,” of sorts



We’ve heard about the HTC M4 before, but at the time it was only thought to be a variant of the HTC First (particularly because the two devices share very similar specs). Well, according to new images leaked by PhoneArena it would appear that this phone will actually be a derivative of the HTC One. It sports a strikingly similar design, including a metal-alloy chassis, but comes in at just 4.3 inches compared to the One’s 4.7. Could HTC be thinking about bringing us an “HTC One Mini?” It’s possible.

If accurate, the specs of this device would include a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.3-inch 1280×720 display, 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel camera on the back, a (possible) 1.6 megapixel camera on the front, 1,700mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and more. The release date for this puppy is set for the end of Q2, apparently, which means it could be a nice summer stop-gap for HTC while we await the OEM’s next flagship.

The HTC M4 would’t be quite as impressive as the phone we think it’s based on, the points made in our HTC One review attest to that, but it would still be a decent device for anyone who doesn’t want or need the biggest or most powerful smartphone out there. The specs would suggest this thing will carry a budget price tag, but we don’t want to make any assumptions too soon. For now, we’ll be passing the time to its release by enjoying the HTC One just a little while longer.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. Maybe this will come to Virgin Mobile like the One V

    1. that would be quite the interesting thing, knowing that v-mo has also given a jab at sprints lte network with the galaxy victory

    2. Virgin Mobile getting that toy sounds like: AHHHH YEAAAHHHH!!!

  2. If only the put a better processor in this phone then it would have been a home run.

    1. If it’s a dual-core Snapdragon 600, I’m sold. It’s finally enough of a bump up from my Sensation to worry about an upgrade… Just need to hope for T-Mo HSPA bands.

      1. If it’s dual core it’d be a Snapdragon 400 (Adreno 305 GPU), but at 1.2GHz it’s an underclocked 400.

        1. this is fine if the combination with the 1700mah can give the user all day battery life under HEAVY use

          1. It’s similarly spec’d to the One X, albeit with a smaller screen and the One X lasts about 12-14 hours with standard use for me. It’s possible the smaller screen will get drastically better battery life, but I don’t see that happening especially considering it’s 720p as well.

  3. 4.2?? the HTC one only runs 4.1.2???

    1. The HTC One and most of last year’s One series is rumored to get 4.2 (and Sense 5 for the One Series) by this summer. Pretty sure the HTC One Mini will get 4.2 shipped

  4. 1,700 mAh battery?? Pass…even a Mini version should have at least 2000 mAh. I mean running 720p HD on a 4.3″ screen is going to be a battery killer. Running BlinkFeed in the background? It’ll be lucky to get 5 hours…

    1. Or you could always NOT have BlinkFeed auto updating in the background -_-

      Also, people said the One was going to be a battery killer which is weird because in reality, it easily manages 15+ hours.

    2. Sorry, but you can’t make that statement about a battery based on it being only a certain number of mAh, any more than you can judge the speed of a car by how big the engine is. This battery might be plenty, given the type of work that it is supposed to do and the load placed upon it; the only way to tell is to put this specific phone to the test. I just wish there were some real, scientific tests to compare phones and batteries, instead of the anecdotal evidence of some reviewer, saying “…yeah, I used it a lot and didn’t notice anything too bad…”!

    3. the screen isnt the biggest battery burner, it being 720p won’t make a huge difference in battery life

      1. I thought the screen was almost always the biggest battery drain in any smartphone.

        1. it is % wise, but if you look at the actually usage. The screen will use like 50% of your battery after 3 hours of use. The processor will use like 30% of your battery after about 30 minutes of use. So yes screen uses the most power but it isnt the biggest drain, if that makes sense. The HTC One S has a 1650 mah battery and my OG Evo 4g had a 1500. The screens were the same size and the One S had slightly better resolution. The The Evo 4g was rated for 5 hours of talk time while the One S was rated for 10 hours. Obviously those two arent screen intensive features, but it shows how important the processor’s efficiency is.

    4. The battery drain of a 720p 4.3″ should theoretically be about the same, or less than a 720p 4.7″ screen.

  5. Why can’t they make a mini that’s not less powerful?

    1. Because they cant for a price the average consumer could afford. If they could make a mini just as powerful as the full size phones and keep the same price point they would. They make these giant screened phones instead so they can fit better internals, not becauae the average consumer wants a bigger screen.

  6. If the most powerful phone is available, then yes, you should get it. The only way I would buy a slightly smaller less powerful phone is if the pricing was significantly cheaper or I was dead set on getting a smaller phone at the expense of processing horsepower.

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