Black HTC One Mini poses for photo shoot, specs confirmed once again

The HTC One Mini has been seen in a number of pictures in the past that have already given us a good look at it, and its specs aren’t a mystery either. Slated for a launch sometime in Q3, it is being tested by carriers and retailers – the folks over at Smartnews.bg were able to play around with a black One Mini, and they’ve released a couple of photos of the device and confirmed some of its specs.

The One Mini looks as good as its bigger brother, even though it might not feel as good to hold due to the rumored use of plastic instead of metal in its construction. The handset sports a 4.3″ display of 720 x 1280 resolution, dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. It runs on Android 4.2.2 with HTC’s Sense 5 UI on top, and is apparently fast and smooth in operation despite the lower-end hardware than the company flagship.

Well, at this point the only thing left is an official announcement by HTC, and with the device already in the wild, expect more details to surface in the coming weeks.

[Update: Maybe sooner] HTC One Android 4.2 update coming in “2-3 weeks,” Google Edition running stock Android also planned

For all the praise that the HTC One has received ever since its launch back in March, one major point of criticism has been the fact that the high and mighty smartphone runs on Android 4.1.2, and owners of the device have been impatiently waiting for the 4.2 update to arrive.

Now, according to Twitter user @LlabTooFeR, known for his usually accurate inside news on HTC, has announced on the social network that the 4.2.2 update for the HTC One could come as soon as sometime in the next “2-3 weeks.” Even an HTC employee has been mischievously tweeting lately that the update is incoming soon, so it seems like the One might surely be up-to-date with the times before the month ends.

But the good news doesn’t end there. Apparently, a “Nexus” version of the HTC One running stock Android, similar to the Galaxy S4 Google Edition shown off at I/O, is also in the works, with LlabTooFeR saying he knows “for a fact” that non-Sense (see what I did there?) One exists. I personally believe that Google is looking at launching Nexus versions of the flagship devices from different manufacturers each year, so while this could turn out to be a rumor, I’m betting it’s true. Actually, cancel that, I’m hoping it is true, as the amalgamation of stock Android with the HTC One’s hardware would be a dream come true.

 

The HTC One Google Edition is expected to be announced sometime this summer, and I wouldn’t put it past Google to make an announcement after the Nexus Galaxy S4 goes up for sale. For now users can look forward to the Android 4.2.2 update, which would add features like faster switching between apps, lockscreen widgets, quick toggles in status bar, accessibility improvements and more.

Update: Looks like the update might arrive in less than 2-3 weeks. @LlabTooFeR just tweeted this:

Hurry up HTC, the wait is killing us.