Over the last year or so, companies have started announcing 'mini' phones that are supposed to be miniature versions of their flagship devices. We saw this with the HTC One, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S4, and Motorola's Droid. It's smart. Instead of developing a lower-end phone with a brand new name to target those who don't quite fall into the category of 'big spenders' when it comes to buying a smartphone, they're cashing in on the big name with a lower cost offering. Unfortunately, the flip side is that these phones are always going to be compared to their more premium siblings.
Today, HTC announced the HTC One Mini 2. This is the follow on to the HTC One Mini we saw last year, a phone that was modeled on the original HTC One. So how does this year's HTC One Mini stack up to this year's HTC One? Well, there are a few key differences, though it isn't actually that much smaller than the HTC One M8 (it's 4.5 inches as opposed to 5 inches). One of the biggest is that the One Mini 2 misses out on the dual camera action we saw when the One M8 was announced earlier this year as well as Motion Launch, which allows you to check your phone without unlocking the screen. Right now, we're missing the most important detail, which is price. If HTC can come up with a mini price to match the title of this device, then it could be a winner. Right now, we don't have any information on pricing (for any region) or availability. The HTC One Mini 2 will go on sale in EMEA and Asia next month, though, and that should give us a better idea of pricing. In the meantime, check out the side-by-side comparison of the Mini 2 and the HTC One M8.