No exclusive launch, then?
The phone was only announced on Thursday, but already major UK wireless carriers have confirmed their intentions to carry the HTC One mini. According to Pocket-Lint, the phone will be available SIM-free as well as on contract. As far as the latter is concerned, O2, Vodafone, and EE, the UK's first (and only) LTE carrier, will all be carrying the phone when it launches in August.
The HTC One mini shares the same aesthetic as the full-sized HTC One but is slightly smaller and packs less of a punch as far as specs are concerned. The HTC One mini boasts a 4.3-inch display 720p (341ppi), a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU, Adreno 305 graphics, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 1,800 mAh Li-Polymer battery (non-removable). This is compared to the HTC One's 4.7-inch 1080p (468ppi) display, a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB of storage (like the Nexus 4, there's no option for expansion via microSD), an NFC, and a 2,300 mAh battery. Both phones feature a 4-megapixel camera, LTE, and version five of HTC's Sense UI.
The HTC One mini will ship with Android 4.2.2 powering the whole show when it does launch. HTC has yet to specify release dates for specific markets but promises availability for select regions in August with global availability from September.