The HTC One Mini 2 is confirmed to exist, according to registry information listed under a European certification site.
Recently, the Global Certification Forum placed the HTC One Mini 2 under its list of registered devices. According to the registry, the HTC One Mini 2 was registered earlier in May. Assuming that the information is correct, HTC is going to drop the M8 designation for the HTC One Mini 2, which is the smaller version of the well-received HTC One M8 flagship. This may be an attempt on HTC's part to distance both devices after the One M8 Mini debacle.
Previously, HTC had kept the M8 designation for the One M8 Mini. The One M8 Mini was originally conceived as a smaller, but cheaper version of the much larger HTC One M8. Consumers were disappointed to find that the One M8 mini lacked the same performance capabilities as the larger One M8. The HTC One Mini 2 is expected to solve most of the issues with the One M8 Mini. So far, the HTC One Mini 2 launch date in either Europe or the U.S. has not been announced.
Not much is known about the mysterious One Mini 2 apart from rumors suggesting that the One Mini 2 will have 4.5-inch, 1280x720pixel display with quad-core Snapdragon 400 processors. The newest Android 4.4 KitKat software may be installed, though it is not confirmed exactly which version of the Android 4.4 KitKat will be available.
It is also rumored that the One M8 Mini 2 will not feature dual-camera technology, which is a feature present in the HTC One M8. This is perhaps something to do with the One Mini 2's snaller size. Instead, the One Mini 2 may have a standard 13-megapixel rear camera.
At this time, the HTC One Mini 2 is registered in the European market, but a U.S. release some time in the future is more than likely. The HTC One M8 Mini was released in the United States in July last year.