South Korean mobile manufacturers, HTC Corporation, have finally officially announced the HTC One Mini 2 (M8 Mini) after weeks of rumors and speculations. With a display screen of 4.5 inches and 137 grams in weight, the phone is not exactly mini, but of course, compared to the flagship M8 smartphone’s five inch screen, this is definitely a smaller version. However, the most interesting aspect of the M8 Mini is its front-end camera, which is more powerful than the flagship model. With a five megapixel front camera boasting to take high quality selfies, it appears that HTC Corporation is aiming to takeover rivals Apple and Samsung by tapping into this one very important function of a smartphone.
Selfies are a raging trend among almost every cell phone user and has been recognized as one of the most important functions of a smartphone. HTC Corporation only knows this too well, as its flagship M8 was considered one of the best phones to be launched in recent times but was severely bashed for its poor quality camera. The firm had paid heed to the consumer reviews and had been talking about selfie-friendly cameras in their handsets since then. With the introduction of the M8 Mini, the firm seems to have finally gotten to it successfully; and is now aiming to beat and takeover some market share from rivals Apple and Samsung.
As the smartphones market gets saturated, mobile manufacturers are increasing focusing on front-end camera now, in hopes that this one important feature of the smartphone will convince buyers to purchase their phones. Just last week, Huawei Technologies introduced an eight mega pixel front camera in its handset Ascend P7. Both Apple and Samsung have also improved their front cameras compared to preceding handsets, with the former to launch its iPhone 6 in August and the latter already out in the markets with its Galaxy S5.
Comparatively, the HTC One Mini 2 is better than the HTC One Mini. It is bigger by a mere 0.2 inch but faster. The newer version is run on Android 4.4, with a Qualcomm S400 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz. The phone has 16 GB internal storage, which additional expansion option through a 128 GB microSD card and 1GB RAM. Moving on, the phone will sport HTC’s BoomSound dual speakers with amplifiers for all the music lovers and will be 4G LTE compatible.
As already mentioned, the smartphone has a five megapixel front camera, which is not only better than the HTC One Mini but also the M8, itself. Interestingly, HTC Corporation went for a traditional 13 megapixel back camera instead of utilizing the UltraPixel technology, which it had used in recent handsets by the company. However, both the cameras are capable of BSI and 1080p HD video recording.
It is also not known if the M8 Mini – the selfie-friendly camera smartphone by HTC Corporation aiming to beat Apple and Samsung – will be launched in the US or not. Surprisingly, despite official announcement by HTC Corporation, the firm remains silent on this. What is known is that the smartphone will be available in Europe, the Middle East and Asia from June 2014. The South Korean manufacturers have also not announced the price of the M8 Mini as yet, however, it is expected that it will be cheaper than the flagship handset, the M8. Customers will be able to select between three colors for their choice of phone: Amber Gold, Glacial Silver and Gunmetal Grey.
By Faryal Najeeb