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Will the HTC M8 mini feature a 4.5-inch display and metal body?

Photos have emerged of what claims to be HTC’s next flagship, but its approximate size and design have lead many to believe it’s the successor to the HTC One mini instead.

Whilst HTC’s official line states that MWC, taking place at the end of the month, won’t hold any hardware announcements, rumours and potential leaks proof that its latest smartphones are nearly ready to see the light of day are growing increasingly frequently.

This latest tidbit was picked up on Reddit, having originated from Google+ user M. Helal; an engineering student from London, currently studying Egypt. Helal posted two photos to his Google+ page of what appeared to be an unknown HTC with a shiny, brushed metal body and although the description states that it’s the upcoming M8 flagship, the Reddit community are certain it’s in fact its smaller sibling, the successor to the HTC One mini.

HTC M8 mini leaks shots

Unlike the M8, the M8 mini, as we’ll call it, is suspected to utilise a 4.5-inch, rather than a 4.7-inch display, most likely retaining the 720p HD resolution of its predecessor, while the HTC M8 will use a larger 4.7-inch Full HD panel, just as the HTC One does.

In these photos, the back of the phone clearly shows the dual camera setup we’d previously seen in HTC M8 leaks, leading us to believe that the new ‘mini’ will also be able to make use of HTC’s new camera innovations, suspected to allow the user to refocus shots after the fact, Lytro style. Reddit users also noted that the lack of plastic around the main camera may be linked to a lack of NFC, a key differentiation, between the HTC One and HTC One mini presently.

The narrower BoomSound speaker grilles also suggest that this isn’t the upcoming flagship, but the metal finish is certainly a new edition to the HTC family. Such a brushed metal effect has never been seen on an HTC before, a company known for using distinct processing methods to create distinct finishes on their more premium handsets (see the black HTC One S).

Pocket-Lint states that other specs tied to the HTC M8 mini will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with microSD expandability and Bluetooth 4.0, while on the software side, it’ll come running the latest version of Android KitKat v4.4.2 which will run underneath the latest revision of the company’s unique overlay: HTC Sense 6.

So would you rather pick up the HTC M8, or its new, smaller sibling? Let us know in the comments section.

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