It turns out those leaked photos were the real deal, as today, HTC officially announced the HTC One mini.
The new mini comes with a 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 S-LCD3 screen (compared to the 4.7-inch One), and at first glance, looks exactly like the One, though there are a few differences of course, including a thinner build, and though the back is still made of aluminum, the front edges and sides are polycarbonate.
The HTC BoomSound speakers are still there thankfully, albeit a tad smaller, and the mini still uses HTC Blinkfeed, Zoe, and runs HTC Sense 5.0.
The mini uses a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and has 1GB of RAM (the One uses a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM) , as well as 16GB of internal memory (down from 32GB of the One). Running on Android 4.2.2, the 4MP UltraPixel rear camera is still there, with BSI, f/2.0, 1/3-inch sensor, but no image stabilization. The front-facing camera is 1.6MP and uses BSI as well.
The HTC One mini has a 1600mAh battery, does not support NFC (near-field communication), but does support Bluetooth 4.0, LTE and the camera can still record full 1080p HD video.
According to HTC, the HTC One mini will be available sometime in August in select markets, before a full global rollout in September. No pricing information was given for today’s announcement.