‘Mini’ smartphones are suddenly the flavor of the season. While some Android OEMs like Sony and HTC insist on releasing premium smartphones with comparatively smaller displays almost every year, Apple was thought to have well and truly made the transition from tiny handsets with 4-inch displays to the world of large-screen devices back in 2014 with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and following them up with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year. However, earlier this month, the tech giant from Cupertino, California, went back to its roots to release an all-new premium 4-inch smartphone that the company says will be its cheapest new handset to date, with a price of just $399, which is significantly below the retail price of the iPhone 6s.
With Sony currently also selling the Xperia Z5 Compact as part of its Xperia Z5 lineup, it’s now apparently the turn of Taiwanese manufacturer, HTC, to follow suit. According to a new report that’s circulating online today, the company will launch a smaller version of its upcoming flagship smartphone, the HTC 10, which is scheduled to be launched on the 12th of this month. The upcoming HTC flagship has been leaked and rumored fairly often over the past several weeks revealing that the device itself will feature a 5.15-inch screen, which isn’t exactly the biggest of display panels by today's standards, when most mainstream handsets sport anything between 5.5 to 5.7-inch screens for the most part.
As for the rumored HTC 10 Mini, the device will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch screen, run on a Snapdragon 823 SoC from Qualcomm and come with 4 GB of RAM, making it quite a powerful small-screen smartphone from HTC. For those wondering about the Snapdragon 823, it is said to be the exact same chip as the Snapdragon 820, but with a higher clock speed for its Kryo cores. While details regarding the so-called HTC 10 Mini remain sketchy at best, the report also claims that it will be released this September, which is still a fairly long way away. Anyway, with the veracity of this report yet to be ascertained independently, it would make sense to take this rumor with a pinch of salt.