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HTC One mini 2 is unveiled, will be on sale end of May

HTC has officially unveiled the One mini 2, the smaller sibling of its recently launched flagship One M8 smartphone.

We'd previously heard that this model was due to arrive in the month of May, and indeed that has turned out to be correct.

The compact version of HTC's flagship will feature a 4.5in screen with a 720p resolution, driven by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, backed up with 1GB of RAM – so the core specs have been considerably cut down from the full-fat M8. Overall performance shouldn't be affected, though, as that screen has far fewer pixels to push around than the 5in full HD display seen on the M8.

The M8's fancy camera (which offers a second camera on the back that grabs depth information for photos to enable snazzy post-shot effects) has also unsurprisingly been ditched, replaced by a traditional snapper, albeit a 13 megapixel one which shouldn't be shabby by any means. The 5 megapixel front-facer has been kept on.

On board storage will be 16GB, although if that's not enough for you, a microSD card slot is present for expansion. LTE and NFC are on board, too, and music fans will be pleased to hear that the Boomsound speakers have also made the transition from the M8.

There's some good news on the build quality, as well, with HTC keeping the quality "iconic metal craftsmanship" as seen on the M8, with the handset apparently having the smooth curved back and brushed gunmetal grey finish of the flagship phone (the mini will also be available in amber gold and glacial silver).

The software side will be the same as the M8 – Android KitKat 4.4.2 overlaid with HTC's Sense 6 interface.

Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, commented: "The latest member of the award-winning HTC One family distils the advanced features that have earned it global acclaim, into an elegant, compact handset. Its size and tapered edges fit perfectly in a hand, pocket or purse, making it look great and feel even better to use. It's the perfect choice for those who love the iconic design of the HTC One M8 yet want something more compact."

The phone will be on sale at the end of the month, but the crucial price point has yet to be confirmed. We'll let you know more as soon as we hear anything.