In late March, HTC released HTC One M8 incorporating iconic metal design to counter the Samsung Galaxy S5. Now, a report has surfaced online that HTC is preparing to launch a miniature version of the flagship One (M8) to take on Samsung's unannounced Galaxy S5 Mini.
The HTC One Mini 2, the upcoming mini version of the bigger M8, has just got regulatory approval, suggesting a grand launch is imminent. The miniature version of the HTC One (M8) has been confirmed by the GCF after the handset received its certification.
The Taiwanese National Communications Commission (NCC) has already approved the device, which simply means we could see the official launch happen any time soon. NCC's official website revealed that the so-called "HTC One Mini 2" received the commission's approval on May 5, a report from Focus Taiwan revealed.
The company is reportedly making a mini version of its older siblings, and is tipped to make debut later month, and at the same time, Samsung could announce its long rumored Galaxy S5 Mini.
HTC One Mini 2- Rumor Roundup
Not long ago, the HTC One Mini 2's retail price was apparently leaked by retailers in Europe. Moreover, the listings also hinted at potential price tag one could expect.
The handset was previously leaked via Twitter leaker @evleaks. The evleaks leak indicated that the M8 will come with a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0 slapped on the top.
HTC One Mini 2 Rival: Sony Xperia A2 Announced in Japan
Earlier in the day, Sony announced a premium handset called the Xperia A2 (SO-02F) in Japan. The Xperia A2 looks almost identical to the Xperia Z1 Compact, but comes in new colours such as Lavender and Orange, as well as Grey Black and White.
The premium phone features a 4.3-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) Triluminos Display, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974 quad-core processor with Adreno 330 graphics , 2GB RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with Sony G lens with f/2.0 aperture, custom 1/2.3″ Sony Exmor RS image sensor, BIONZ image processing engine, 1080p video recording and a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, a 16GB internal memory, expandable storage up to 128GB, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and more.
The Xperia A2 comes with a IP55/IP58 certification for dust and water resistance and it is powered by a 2300mAh battery with STAMINA mode.
According to media reports, the 'mini' version of the Xperia Z2 smartphone will be called Xperia Z2 Compact (otherwise Xperia A2 in Japan).
The forthcoming HTC One Mini 2 could face tough competition from the Sony Xperia A2, at least in the East Asian countries, such as Japan and Taiwan.
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