Is anyone else depressed at how all of a sudden every single smartphone worthy of the same is being reworked into a “mini” version that seems to have next to bugger all in common with the original?
Samsung started it (who says Sammy can't innovate, eh?) and it seems everyone is going to follow. The latest device about to get “mini'd”, it seems, is the HTC Zara.
Extra marks for HTC on this one, as not only would a Zara mini be the second handset in HTC's Android lineup to get the mini treatment, it would also be the first time we've heard rumours of a mini version of a phone that hasn't even been released yet.
The HTC Zara (the original one) is expected to land at some point before the end of the year with a 4.5in 960 x 540 display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The mini, which was certified in China as the HTC 301e through the week, is said to have a 4.3in TFT running at 480 x 800, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 8GB of storage and a 5MP/1.3MP camera combo. Some pics of the handset have also emerged via TechKiddy.
If you're wondering at this point why such a device would be called the Zara mini, you're not alone. But wait, there's more.
The trusty @evleaks has revealed that the Zara mini will in fact go by the name HTC Z3, though looking at HTC's recent naming conventions (such as they are) there's every reason to believe this too could just be a working title.