UK MOBILE RETAILER Phones4u has promptly started taking pre-orders for the HTC One Mini 2, ahead of the handset's 13 June release date.
The HTC One Mini 2 was unveiled yesterday, and Phones4u has been quick to start selling the downsized HTC One M8 alternative.
The retailer is offering the HTC One Mini 2 for £359.95 SIM-free, but while it shows the option for pay as you go on its website, it has not yet made pricing available.
It is available to order on pay monthly tariffs, however. Phones4u is offering the HTC One Mini on contracts with EE, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, the cheapest of which is a 24-month Vodafone tariff costing £25 a month. This comes with 300 minutes, unlimited texts, 250MB of data per month and - bizarrely - a free one-year membership with restaurant discounts club Gourmet Society.
Phones4u is promising to send out orders on 13 June, despite HTC's promise that the phone would be available towards the end of May or in early June.
The HTC One Mini 2 is a pint-sized version of the HTC One M8, although with a 4.5in HD screen and larger dimensions than the original HTC One, it is not actually very miniature.
Still, for £360 its specifications are decent. There's a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor under the bonnet with 1GB of RAM, Google's Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile operating system and the latest version of the HTC Sense user interface skin.
There aren't dual camera sensors like on the HTC One M8 smartphone, but HTC has kitted out the One Mini 2 with a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP camera on the front.
There's also 16GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card, a 2,100mAh battery that HTC claims will deliver over 16 hours of constant talk time, 4G LTE support, HTC Boomsound audio and NFC connectivity. µ