HTC One mini launches as Galaxy S4 Mini killer

UPDATE: If the HTC One mini is the handset you've been waiting for, you'll be pleased to know that Mobilefun.co.uk has now listed the device as available for pre-order. The damage? A SIM-free HTC One mini is priced at £379.99 and shipping is expected to commence in one month, according to the online retailer.

HTC has officially launched the One mini, a pint-sized version of its critically acclaimed One smartphone, as it takes direct aim at rival Samsung and the Galaxy S4 Mini.

The 4.3in HTC One mini offers marginally scaled down specifications compared to its sibling, featuring a 720p screen (vs the HTC One's 4.7in Full HD display), 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor (vs a quad-core Snapdragon 600 configuration clocked at 1.7GHz), 1GB of RAM (vs 2GB), and 16GB of on-board storage (vs 32GB or 64GB).

Like its big brother, however, the HTC One mini sports a 2um-'UltraPixel' rear camera (roughly equivalent to 4-megapixels), which is complemented by a 1.6-megapixel front snapper (a slight step down from the 2.1-megapixel auxiliary snapper of the One proper).

With regards to design, it's a similar proposition to the HTC One, featuring a predominately metal chassis with key measurements of 132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm and a weight of 122g - much lighter than the 143g One, it's worth noting.

Elsewhere, the HTC One mini features Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean as augmented by the Taiwanese firm's Sense 5.0 UI, an imposing skin that offers, among other unique features, the BlinkFeed news and social media aggregator.

Consumers will be pleased that, like its big brother, the HTC One mini will feature a pair of front-facing speakers and Beats Audio technology, and it will also support 4G connectivity.

HTC has confirmed that the device will go live in select markets in August ahead of a global rollout in September. There's no official word on tariffs, but it's expected that the device will come free from around £25 a month.