HTC M4 brings One style, sensibility downmarket

HTC M4 brings One style, sensibility downmarket
HTC has a certified hit on its hands with the sleek, unibody HTC One -- so it's natural that the company would want to extend its design language to lower price points. Meet the HTC M4 (remember, the One was codenamed M7), which is to the One what the Galaxy S III mini is to the Galaxy S III.

HTC learned well from Samsung: if there's high demand for your flagship, it will be even more popular among those who can only aspire to acquire it. Thus, the M4 (expect it to ship with some manner of One branding) is supposed to be nearly identical -- in appearance, if not in materials, as you can plainly see -- to its big brother. Besides a cookie-cutter form factor (though smaller, to accommodate just a 4.3-inch, 720p display), the M4 also apparently maintains the same design elements in nearly the same positioning as the One, making the two handsets difficult to differentiate.

M4 reportedly steps down the processing power, to just a dual core CPU, and storage is just 16GB, but RAM is still a healthy 2GB, and the camera also contains HTC's lauded (but somewhat controversial) UltraPixel technology. With less powerful components come less stringent power needs, and in this case, HTC has allegedly opted for a 1700mAh, non-removable battery.

Look for the M4 near the end of the second quarter, we hear, when it should ship in LTE configurations, and with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on board.

The HTC M4 will have many visual similarities with the HTC One, but will be a mid-range model with lower specs.

The HTC M4 will have many visual similarities with the HTC One, but will be a mid-range model with lower specs.


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One mini
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(13.27h 3G talk time)

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49 Comments

1. thelegend6657 unregistered

HTC One Mini

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

HTC Zero Point Seven (0.7)

38. zubby1995

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

out of 0.7 hahaaaha perfect scores thats great

33. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

HTC One M(ini) and lol

46. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

that is hell confusing. they already have one s and on v and one x from last year.

39. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

LOOKS like another great phone landing on the market. but too bad this article is full of PA's biased words in it..

47. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

did anyone know reason behind name of all the galaxy branding series? Letter - Meaning - Class S - Supersmart - High-end devices R - Royal - upper mid-range devices W - Wonder - Mid-range devices M - Magical - Low-end devices Y - Young - Meant for young users

49. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

what about simply htc two

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

fanboys hating on samsung for making identical devices from low, mid and high range, although xperia and lumia devices have been doing the same thing aswell... since now HTC might be doing the same, i wonder what the fanboys will say.

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

There is a reason why people don't like samsung design language, that is because it has been the same for TWO years, and its quite frankly boring and unexciting with non-premium materials (yes plastic is durable blah blah but looks are more important. and who said metal isnt durable?) I love the idea of a htc one mini! Because you dont get a midrange sized phone with much appreciation these days, and a 4.3" is definitely a deal breaker for those complaining that android flagships are too big, WITH the premium finish! Tell me the last time you saw a nice 4.3" phone with decent specs! (excluding xiaomi)

8. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Apple: Two years? bitch please we've been doing it for 6 and it will be the same this year too

10. Jason2k13

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

2 years? hmm well look at lumia lineup starting from lumia 800 and 900 to 920. Then go look at sonys xperia S all the way to XZ. Then theres your iphone (obvious). Now plz tell me which flagship completely changed their design untill now? From what i noticed, most of those flagship lineup stayed with their design concept, the rectangle design from xperia, slightly curvy and flat from lumia, and we know our iphones... galaxy series were pretty much rectangle from GS1, GS2, then changed to curvy when GS3-GS4 came out... and your saying galaxy lineup is boring and unexciting because its not made out of aluminium? im sure when you ask the 50mill+ S3 users if there phone is ugly, most likely they will say no because people start to love their phone of what it can do, and theres always plastic covers to make it look more pretty and durable.

13. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

I'm sorry did I ever say that the Lumia lineup and the xperia lineup made me satisfied? And there are a variety of people who use smartphones in the world, im guessing that only a portion of those actually know the raw power behind their smartphone? You know I talk to most people about smartphones (as I do), and most of them have no idea what is better, they only trust the brand. Most people say ridiculous comments like "I cant trust motorola because of their crappy razr seires in 2006". Goes to show. And why on earth would you result to cases to make your phone look "pretty"..if the case makes the phone better looking then there are some serious design flaws -.-

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Alot of people, when they buy a phone they google it up and do some small research, they will know some info about the power but all they are interested in is the brand, features and camera, and of course the battery to. And thats what the galaxy series have, raw power, best features and 1 of the best camera while keeping a simple but clean design. Showing of a great phone was more popular back in 2005-2010, because not many people owned smartphones back then. And you said a 'phone case' is only used to make your phone pretty? Plz do a drop test with your phone, 1 with a case and the other without, and plz tell me which one survives?

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

and we cant really discuss about the specs of the phone, untill its out.

28. Red-Pain

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

HTC One S ??

42. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Two years? Typical Samsung hating bulls**t. The GS3 was a total redesign from the GS2 and the GS3 is only one year old........ Anyone that thinks the GS2 and GS3 have the same design language are the biggest morons ever.

45. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

he meant gs3 and gs4. last year and this year flagships. he is ocunting this year too

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

HTC m4 is meant to replace HTC one s

21. addicted2088

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

The problem with Samsung's is that their design is not good looking. Not ugly, but nothing special at all, at least for many folks. Apple has a nice design, Lumia is a nice design, Xperias are good too, while Samsung is sticking a boring design with everything. If they come up with an awesome design, then sure, I'll be okay with 20-30 devices that look the same, but not with that nature-inspired pebble garbage. P.S: No issues with plastic for me.

32. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Mobile Market nowadays is flooded with Samsung Mobiles that we can distinguish only by the siz of the screen.within 2 years dude with that design??

43. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Dumb ass

3. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

HTC Half :D

15. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Haha! Made my day! :'D

6. Rayanx10

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

amazing HTC i hope you do well in sales

7. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

Nice one, :) all iphone users myt get this if dey dont want big handsets

9. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

16 gigs, no microSD, ultrapixel camera, poor battery ---> I´m not going to buy it...sorry HTC, I thought you learnt how to make future-proof :(

20. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Oh, haha, HTC fanboys are attacking me with thumb downs...

23. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Not HTC fanboys but people with common sense that do realize this is a mid-range phone not a high end one.

29. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

and a mid-range phone can´t have those things what other brands give you automatically?

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