htc-one-m9-live-3Last year when HTC launched the HTC One M8, they followed up shortly with a mini version of the handset which was basically smaller and had not-as-powerful specs, but for those shopping on a tighter budget or who might prefer a smaller device, why not? With that in mind, can we expect HTC to do the same with the HTC One M9 this year?

As it turns out that will not be happening. This is according to a report from Focus Taiwan where HTC’s president of North Asia, Jack Tong, was quoted as saying that there are no plans for a mini version of the HTC One M9, at least not for now. Apparently this is due to more users who are starting to adopt phones with larger screens.

According to 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.” Tong’s statement about the industry moving towards larger screens is consistent with a study conducted earlier this month in which it was found that over in the US, phablets are starting to gain a larger market share which is partially thanks to the introduction of the larger iPhones.

We suppose in some ways this is good as flooding the market with multiple variants of a phone ends up diluting it, better HTC focus on what they’ve got at the moment than trying to compete in all sorts of markets, but what say you? Anyone disappointed there won’t be any “mini” handsets from HTC in the future?

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