Verizon HTC One & Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini could get a One Mini rival from AT&T
HTC announces the One Mini, a budget phone with high-end specs in tow. With no release date yet for the United States smartphone market, it would be a safe bet that AT&T will offer the device on contract — and it would challenge the upcoming HTC One of Verizon Wireless.
Now that the HTC One Mini is official — we can now predict that AT&T is getting a new HTC handset, in fact, the second-largest wireless carrier might not one, but two new HTC Android phones if rumors are to be believed.
First the HTC One Mini, according to the Taiwan-based phone maker, the handset will arrive on selected markets next month, and we’ve been told that United Kingdom is first in line. Phones4U and other retailers including online unlocked re-sellers are expected to start shipping the One Mini by end of August.
For the United States market, it would be a safe bet that AT&T will score exclusivity on launch date, though it is also possible that T-Mobile and Sprint will try their best just to carry the handset.
HTC One Mini is an attractive phone, in fact, it’s a mid-range phone that offers high-end specs. HTC said that the smaller Android handset will take two points below the original HTC One’s pricing, so for the US market with $599 price tag unlocked, and off-contract pricing, it is possible that the One Mini will take the $399 to $429 price tag which would allow the manufacturer to challenge Samsung’s plasticky Galaxy S4 Mini budget phone.
Unlike the S4 Mini, the One features elements present on the flagship model. First, it will include an aluminum back case just like the One, but its bezel is made of polycarbonate shiny plastic that resembles last year’s HTC One X.
Plus, HTC also added the Boomsound, the Ultrapixel camera and HTC Sense 5 — making the One Mini a good alternative to the original model because unlike the HTC One, the One Mini features a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display with more than 300 pixels per inch and a dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor which is similar to processors on last year’s US-based Samsung Galaxy S3 lineup.
No word yet from AT&T and HTC about the One Mini’s future in the US, but if the handset will join the market by Q4, then it would likely join the $99.99 price point off-contract, and if T-Mobile will carry it, the installment-based wireless carrier might put it on the $99.99 installment basis with $20 per month charging.
For Verizon Wireless customers, the original HTC One that will run on Verizon’s 4G Long Term Evolution network is coming this August according to rumors.
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