HTC Corporation has officially confirmed that it has no plans to launch a mini version of its flagship One M9, according to a report. Jack Tong, President of China & North Asia, made the announcement during the One M9+ launch event in Taipei, saying that the company would put an end to its ‘mini’ product range created two years ago, which included the 4.3-inch HTC One Mini launched in July 2013, along with the 4.5-inch HTC One mini launched back in May 2014.
Tong believes this is the era of phablets as users largely opt for larger screen sizes, preferably 5 inches and above rather than going for a tablet. And rightly so, as small screen sizes are gradually disappearing from the international scenario. In addition, software updates of these mini versions also arrive usually later, as compared to their standard flagship counterparts.
Recently, the company announced One M9+, One E9, One E9+ and Butterfly 3, all the above mentioned smartphones feature a screen sizes 5 inch and above, which clearly suggests that the company wants to play safe and stick to this trend. The One E9+ dual-SIM, a is 5.5-inch is a toned down version of the One M9 was announced back in April.
“Overall the industry is moving towards new phones over 5 inches in size and our product roadmap is close to that of the industry,” Tong said on May 14 at the Taiwan launch of the One M9+, a beefed up version of the HTC One M9 announced in Barcelona.
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The One M9+ features a 5.2-inch 2K 2560 x 1440p display, a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core chipset clocked at 2.2Ghz, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity along with a fingerprint scanner on the front.