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At least two online sellers, Flipkart and Infibeam, have started selling HTC One mini with manufacturer warranty.

HTC One mini, the smaller version of HTC One smartphone, may finally be launched in India soon.

Though the phone has been listed on the Taiwanese company’s Indian website for long, there has been no word when the company would launch it in the country. But online retailers have started selling the smartphone, even though it continues to be listed as ‘Coming Soon’ on HTC India’s site.

At least two online sellers, Flipkart and Infibeam, have started selling HTC One mini with manufacturer warranty. Infibeam is taking pre-orders for the smartphone for Rs 35,054, with delivery date of October 11. On the other hand, Flipkart is selling the smartphone for Rs 37,299, promising delivery within next 6-7 days.

Rival smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Google Nexus 4 and Sony Xperia SP can be purchased for approximately Rs 26,000 in the market.

HTC One Mini has a 4.3-inch screen with 1280x720p resolution and 341ppi pixel density. It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), topped with Sense 5.0 user interface, and packs a 1.4GHz dual-core processor under the hood. It has 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and no microSD card support.

The new One Mini features a 4MP UltraPixel camera and LED flash on the back, while a 1.6MP unit is present in the front. The handset has connectivity features like 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. This phone has a 1,800mAh battery and comes with BoomSound speakers and Beats Audio technology for sound enhancement. In terms of design, the HTC One Mini looks exactly like the current flagship, though the dimensions are smaller due to the decrease in screen size.

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HTC may not sustain sales growth into the third-quarter as the glow around the Taiwanese smartphone maker’s flagship model is likely to be eclipsed by new products bigger rivals Apple and Samsung Electronics.

Strong sales of the latest version of the HTC One, as well as the colorful Butterfly range, boosted HTC’s second-quarter net profit surged to T$1.25 billion ($41.63 million)a record low in the previous quarter when a shortage of camera components ed its product launch.

The profit figure, however, lagged forecasts and analysts said the sales growth was likely to be short-lived. Sales for the July-September quarter are expected to remain little changedthe previous quarter and few new products are in the pipeline.

The company has also cut back on component orders for the quarter, which traditionally sees higher sales, several analysts said. BNP Paribas, in a recent research note, said it expected overall third-quarter orders to remain flat the second-quarter.

“HTC may have new products in Q3, but competitionApple and other Chinese brands are fierce,” said Taipei-based analyst Peter Liao of Nomura Securities. “It’ll be hard to keep the growth.”

Analysts said the almost 25 percent drop in HTC’s June sales compared to the same year-ago period also boded ill for the next quarter.

“The big drop on June sales likely proves the HTC One sales momentum slowdown and 3Q may be only flattish as is the market expectation,” Goldman Sacks analyst Michael Shieh said.

Growth in sales for smartphone market leader Samsung Electronics has also started to wane. The South Korean firm missed already modest expectations for its quarterly earnings guidance, deepening worries that its smartphone business may have peaked.

HTC has embarked on a marketing campaign to boost its brand image, a strategy it said in May would squeeze operating margins for the rest of the year.

The company is expected to launch the One Mini phone, which features a 4.3-inch screen and is targeted at the mid-market, in August, a month before both heavyweights Samsung and Apple are likely to release new and upgraded offerings.

In addition to the intense competition, HTC has seen several executives leave the company this year, including Chief Product Officer Kouji Kodera. Company sources say the departures were related to a disappointing product launch and a 40 percent drop in total sales in 2012.

HTC was the world’s 10th-biggest smartphone maker by shipments in the fourth quarter 2012, according to IT research firm Gartner, jostling in a crowded field behind Samsung and Apple.