Two years ago, HTC brought us not just the One M7 Android flagship, but also the pint-sized One mini. And last year, beyond the One M8 we also saw the launch of the One mini 2. But so far this this year, there’s been no new petite model to go along with the One M9. Is it just a matter of time until one emerges? We’ve got bad news for those of you who prefer smaller phones, as HTC has confirmed that it has no further plans for One mini phones, citing industry trends towards larger and larger handsets.
According to HTC North Asia president Jack Tong, “overall the industry is moving towards new phones over 5 inches in size and our product roadmap is close to that of the industry.” As a result of this trend, the market’s just not there for smaller phones, and HTC has no current plans to go after whatever sub-five-inch sales remain with a new One mini model.
While we’re not sure if HTC plans to drop phones under that five-inch cutoff entirely, the smallest that remain may be the 4.7-inchers that populate the Desire line: models like the Desire 512 and 612. It will be sad to see the end of the One mini lineup, but we suppose we can’t fault the company for going where sales are; we have only our own tablet-lust to blame.
Update: HTC is disputing that it’s done with mini phones for good, but also isn’t about to confirm a “One M9 mini.”