Some of us know what it’s like to carry a giant phone in your pocket. Our own Matt Booth liked the original Galaxy Note, and now rocks a Galaxy Note 2, much to the amusement of the rest of us over our Christmas lunch, until we came to grips with how awesome the hardware was.
Not all of us are comfortable with carrying a 5″ phablet in our pockets, or up to our heads and for us, HTC may be coming to the rescue. In order to make the HTC J Butterfly more appealing to those who (a) are happy to have a large phone/phablet but (b) don’t want to hold it up to their heads and look silly, HTC appears to be offering the HTC Mini as an in-box accessory.
Please note, the video above is not in English, so bear with it.. it’s easy enough to follow.
The HTC Mini isn’t a second smartphone to carry around. Rather, it’s a small, Bluetooth handset (which pairs via NFC — cool!) with your smartphone. It’s of the style and shape of an ordinary candybar mobile from yesteryear, but gives you a smaller, more discreet handset to use to make and receive calls.
While carrying an extra piece of equipment might be annoying for some, it does strike me as a sensible idea. Rather than carry around a dorky 24-esque Bluetooth headset constantly attached to your ear, you could (if you were so minded) leave your phablet in your bag, pocket, on your desk or on its charger, and simply use the mini handset if your phone rings, or if you need to call someone. It’s not a substitute for a smaller phone, but it certainly beats holding a giant handset up, especially if you’re not wanting to attract attention or ridicule.
For now, the HTC Mini looks to be exclusive to the Chinese market, but with enough pressure and attention, the HTC Mini might be sold (stand-alone or in box with larger handsets) in other markets too.