Arriving a little earlier than anticipated, HTC has introduced HTC One Mini 2, a compact and downgraded version of HTC One M8.

After the HTC One M8, HTC is set to release a Mini version in the market just like last year’s HTC One Mini. The Taiwanese phone manufacturer recently introduced the HTC One Mini 2. This is One M8’s smaller version which means specs are lower than the latest flagship phone.

The Android phone comes with a 4.5-inch screen, 720p display, and a 13 megapixel camera. Not many impressive features so don’t expect this to be anything like the HTC One M8. The HTC One Mini 2 only uses a plastic front panel, so it’s definitely lighter and obviously cheaper.

The HTC One M8 boasts of an “UltraPixel” camera, “Duo” lens, and a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. Sadly, the HTC One Mini 2 doesn’t have those. You can say the smartphone is a downgraded version of the HTC One M8. The smaller Android phone runs 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM.

So how is this like the HTC One M8? You can still find the “BoomSound” front-facing speakers, the Zoe camera mode, and the BlinkFeed news ticker. The Zoe camera mode allows the phone to capture 20 images and 3-sec videos simultaneously.

Making this one a winner, at least, for the selfie-addicts is the 5-megapixel front-facing camera. You can’t go wrong with that.

No information when the HTC Mini 2 will be available in the US but if we are to base from last year’s release of the HTC One Mini, it could be available this summer. However, it readily be available this coming June in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.

Other specs of the HTC One Mini 2 includes WiFi, 4G/LTE connectivity, NFC, HTC Sense UI, 16GB built-in storage microSD card slot for memory expansion upto 128GB, FM radio with RDS, accelerometer, and Adreno 305 GPU among other.

HTC One Mini 2 runs Android OS v4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. Just like the HTC One M8, the mini will be available in Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, and Amber Gold. As for pricing, it’s 470 euros in Europe that is around $640 stateside.

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