Feb 10 AT 5:47 PM Dima Aryeh 16 Comments

Leak of HTC M8 mini specs leaves us a bit underwhelmed


The HTC M8 has been in the spotlight lately as the subject of rumor after rumor. This time, its little brother the HTC M8 mini gets its 15 minutes. The latest leak provides the specs for the smaller counterpart to the future HTC flagship. And with word that HTC will be focusing more on the mid-range market, I expected the M8 mini to rock. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem all that impressive to me.

According to @evleaks, the device will feature a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.4GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (with a microSD slot), a rear facing 13MP camera, a front facing 5MP camera, WiFi a/b/g/n/AC, Bluetooth 4.0 and KitKat 4.4.2 with a Sense 6.0 overlay. Just like its bigger brother, it will have on-screen buttons.

Personally, I think these specs are far from impressive. A 4.5-inch display isn’t exactly “mini,” and knowing HTC, the device will be the size of a Galaxy S4 but thicker. Plus, the Snapdragon 400 and 720p display match the original HTC One mini specs. It isn’t much of an improvement over last year’s model, though the same can be argued about the HTC M8.

These specs are awfully close to what the Moto G offers, and it’s sold for $200. Unless HTC can price the device very low (which it won’t), this device will be underwhelming. However, this is just my opinion. Let us know yours in the comments! Is this HTC M8 mini a good mini flagship, or is it just another mid-tier phone bound to be overpriced?

Source: @evleaks

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Nate B.

    I would say these specs sound a little mixed up, but I don’t know any phone with a screen smaller then 4.5″ that might have a 1080p screen. Maybe if it was 4″-4.3″ at 720p it would look better. I do agree that the rumored size is not mini. That’s .2′ smaller then the current HTC One screen. Plus HTC always has the huge bezel they need to get rid of. It’s okay to just have your logo on the back. Maybe the processor could have been beefed up as well. You would assume it’s the same as the bigger brother but in a smaller physical form.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      The 720p resolution is fine, but 4.5″ can definitely handle 1080p. But I don’t think that’s underwhelming really, I am very happy with 720p on my Moto X. However, I HATE when manufacturers call a device a mini of their flagship, but make it so much worse. An HTC One mini is not a mini HTC One.

  • Leif

    I don’t know why people need a 1080p screen and what else the f… in their phones.
    These things need to be mobile, yeah great camera okay. But why should there be a hifi system in your mobile if its more of an organizer and to go device compared to a tablet or else. I’m happy when there are smartphones for 300 bucks with “mid range” specs like the GNex or the Nexus 4. These specs look more affordable than a Galaxy S4.

  • Blueboy03

    I partly agree with both of the previous comments. 4.3″ is a great size for a mini phone, that doesn’t need to change, 720p is more than enough, I’ll take the cheaper price instead of a 1080 screen. The M8 mini is a quad core, where as the previous was a dual core from memory, but I wonder how much of an increase in real life that will be.

    The people that buy these phones are those that don’t need breaking edge technology in a tiny package, but want a decent phone that fits in their pocket. Maybe it’s time to really consider the Z1 compact.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    when are you guys going to update the profile scores?

  • jamal adam

    I think that the M8 mini should be in the same sphere as the Sony Z1 compact; small size but high-end specs for those that require a smaller device but still want high-end specs and stuff. I definitely agree with Dima, these specs make the mini underwhelming especially if it’s going to cost the same as the predecessor, the One mini, did when it launched. Also, with the Moto G going for $199, it’s hard to justify the high prices.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      The Z1 Compact is truly an impressive device, I think it’s perfect for the power user who wants to own a small but powerful phone. And I wouldn’t have a problem with these specs if the price wasn’t ridiculously high, over $500 off contract for this isn’t worth it. The world definitely needs mid range phones, but the difference between high end and mid range shouldn’t be such a small amount of money.

      • jamal adam

        I think OEMs should all look at Motorola as a guide in terms of providing a great device for a great price. Both the Moto G and X are just the right amount of balance in terms of their specs and their price which makes them an easy choice for customers to buy off contract without having to break their bank. Motorola has paved the way and now I just hope that HTC, Samsung can follow in their footsteps and deliver great products for great prices.

        • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

          I agree 100%!

  • Hom0ncruse

    final nail in the coffin for HTC M8

    • rustic

      This is just horrible news. The device is not an improvement at all, just the screen is bigger. It’s been for a long time that people at HTC don’t think right and make all the bad decisions, and instead of changing it they continue to dig themselves a grave.
      As this guy above me said: final nail in the coffin for HTC. Seriously, they will fail again this year too. And I am no longer expecting new HTC phones since they turned to be shit.

      I can’t believe I can’t upgrade my old android for a new phone, I have no option. Everything is either too expensive (Sony Z mini) or too fucking huge. Even Windows phones now 5 inch. Damn it, if I’ll have to buy an iphone I will personally drive to Google headquarters and smear shit all over their walls.

  • Ekg

    I still prefer the Droid DNA over any of the models that came out after it.

  • donger

    HTC is great.

  • GlueStick

    Guys guys, please note that the Snapdragon in the HTC M8 mini is NOT the same as the one found in the current One Mini. The existing Snapdragon 400 on the One Mini is dual-core, but the new M8 Mini is believed to contain a QUAD-CORE Snapdragon 400.

    On top of this, I also believe HTC will keep the new device identical in size to the One Mini but shrink the bezels a tad to make the screen bigger – more than clever if you ask me.

    But yes, I do agree that it’s sad that the Mini versions of flagships aren’t identical in specs as their big brother.


    • Cipherclump

      They did get rid of the capacitive buttons, the bezels will be smaller meaning the phone will be the same in size, just with a bigger screen. Basically, though, it’s the same phone from last year but with a microsd cardslot and quadcore instead of dualcore. Also a better camera but honestly if you’re buying htc you shouldn’t be too worried about your camera performing well. What they should’ve done… is put a snapdragon quadcore 600 in it, then shrunk it back down to 4.3. Or increased the screen to 1080p if they had to keep it 4.5 to fit the new 600 in it.

  • Craig Chappell

    When I sit with friends, many of whom have i-phones, its quite clear that many folk (myself included) want compact (mini) phones. My sluggish HTC One V needs replacing – where am I to look?. I love it’s size & don’t want bigger. Must I turn to i-phone to up-grade? I prefer to stay with HTC.
    HTC (& other manufacturers) seem to be missing a really fundamental part of the global market that wants compact size as much as other features. I don’t “game” nor do I need to watch movies, etc – I can see bigger devices to get for that. I would like a genuine (One V sized) device & I believe there’re millions more like me- the i-phone success proves that!
    Come on HTC – get with it & provide. You are keeping me & many others like me at arms length..
    Hurry up, my V is dying! :-)