HTC One (M8) Mini Press Image Surfaces Online
Customers look at HTC smartphones in a mobile phone shop in Taipei (file photo). REUTERS/Pichi Chuang/FilesReuters

The purported press image of the rumored HTC One (M8) Mini has surfaced online, revealing that the upcoming flagship compact model may not boast the dual-camera seen in the original HTC One (M8).

Technology blog PhoneArena got hold of the alleged press shot of the HTC One (M8) Mini. In the picture, the Gunmetal-Grey hued miniature phone is shown to boast the same design language seen in the 5.0-inch flagship model, sans the dual camera [to see the image, click here].

The leaked image has almost confirmed previous reports, which suggested that HTC One Mini 8 would incorporate a 13.0-megapixel shooter, instead of the UltraPixel dual-camera. Many believe that this is probably a cost-cutting measure, to keep the phone under the mid-range segment.

Like its predecessor, HTC One (M8) Mini is also a stripped down version (in terms of size and internal hardware) of the original marquee model. It is said to sport a smaller 4.5-inch HD (1280x720p) display.

Under the hood, it packs Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC custom Sense v6.0 UI, 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 series quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM and 16GB (expandable via microSD card). Though it may not feature the UltraPixel-based primary camera, HTC One (M8) Mini is expected to boast a 5.0-megapixel camera on the front, seen in its elder sibling.

Besides the compact model, HTC is also working on the economic plastic variant of the metal-clad (90-percent) One M8, dubbed HTC One (M8) Ace. The cheaper model will have the same specifications of the original model, sans the metal body. It is seen as a tactic to dent Galaxy S5 sales.

According to multiple reports (12), Both HTC One (M8) Mini and Ace models are slated to debut later this month. However, there is no official announcement from the Taiwanese company as yet.

(Ed: VP)