HTC is launching the 4.5in variant of its flagship, the One Mini 2, in Australia one week ahead of Apple's upcoming event. The release is ahead of several key smartphone announcements due at this year's IFA trade show in Berlin.
The launch also takes place ahead of the IFA Tradeshow in Berlin, which is expected to
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The Mini 2 introduces HTC's premiums One range of Android smartphones. It too features the brushed metal finish and BoomSound stereo speakers popularised by the decorated One (M8).
HTC has announced the smartphone will launch with Telstra on 2 September four months ahead of its global unveiling. Conveniently the release of the 4.5in smartphone precedes Apple's expected unveiling of a 4.7in iPhone scheduled for 9 September.
Telstra will offer the smartphone at $528 outright -- which is below its $599 recommended retail price -- or on a 24 month contract for a total of $60 per month.
The One Mini 2 upholds the strong multimedia repertoire of its One (M8) sibling, with a 5 megapixel camera, a 326 pixel-per-inch screen and amplified front stereo speakers. Brushed metal accounts for the body, but a high resolution 13 megapixel camera replaces the controversial DuoCamera.
Telstra is the only carrier to announce the release of the One Mini 2 at the time of writing. The 4G smartphone will support the carrier's 700 megahertz network, which is scheduled to deploy across Australia from January 2015. The lower frequency spectrum should result in better coverage within buildings and an increase in internet speeds.
Most of the differences between the Mini 2 and One (M8) take place beneath the metal body. Inside is a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded to 128GB by accommodating a microSD memory card.
The Android 4.4 smartphone will run HTC's Sense 6 user interface complete with its BlinkFeed news aggregating software.
|Connectivity on the mini smartphone remains solid with 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and support for NFC.
Telstra will start selling the One Mini 2 from 2 September in brushed gunmetal gray and amber gold. Detailed pricing follows as per Telstra's press release.