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New HTC Sense screenshot appears, along with HTC One 2 mini

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Feb 7, 2014

We already thought the resemblance between HTC's Blinkfeed and Samsung's new Magazine UI effort was striking but that was before we'd seen the new Sense screenshot showing the new Blinkfeed just shared by @evleaks on Twitter. Samsung may have beaten HTC to the punch on delivering this Flipboard-style UI to the market, but the resemblance is uncanny. Never mind that though, because @evleaks is also reprting a HTC One 2 mini.

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The new Sense Blinkfeed screenshot Photoshopped onto a HTC One. / © @evleaks, AndroidPIT

The new Sense 6 home screen looks great – for the same reasons we like Magazine UI – it's open, clear and image-laden, just the thing to take advantage of a gorgeous new screen. Not everyone is a fan of Blinkfeed, or more specifically, the fact that on previous HTC devices it could not be disabled. But whether you're a fan or not, one of the nicest features to note is that the screenshot also shows full on-screen navigation buttons on a HTC device in typical transparent KitKat style. There's also rumors that Samsung will ditch the hardware button on the Galaxy S5.

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Comparison between the old Blinkfeed (left)and the new Blinkfeed. / © @evleaks, AndroidPIT

@evleaks also dropped a cryptic tweet about the existence of an M8 mini. M8 is the internal codename given to the successor of the HTC One, which was codenamed the M7, the HTC One 2. The tweet specifically states it will be a mini, and not a compact. So any likelihood of the new One getting a full-specced compact version seem to be debatable. Even so, with Sony's Z1 Compact entering the market it seems likely that other OEMs will have to start rethinking the mini recipe of watering down their flagships spec sheet in their smaller framed offering.

What do you think of the new screenshot? What specs would you like in the next HTC One mini?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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