comscore Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini face-off in the battle of the ‘minis’

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini face-off in the battle of the ‘minis’



sony-xperia-z1-compact-htc-one-mini-samsung-galaxy-s4-miniEarlier today, Sony launched the Xperia Z1 Compact in India. As a compact version of the flagship Xperia Z1, comparisons will obviously be made to other such “mini” smartphones like the HTC One mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Let’s see which phone comes out on top in this battle of the minis. Also Read - Explained: Why phones with removable batteries are never coming back

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  1. Display – Small or compact is the underlying theme here and all three devices sport 4.3-inch displays. But where the Xperia Z1 Compact and the One mini flaunt respectable 720p displays, Samsung lags miles behind with a qHD display.
  2. Processing power – Both HTC and Samsung have clearly done a lot of cost cutting and this is one department where the compromises are visible. Against the Xperia Z1 Compact’s 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, the One mini (1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core) and the Galaxy S4 mini (1.7GHz dual-core) seem to have bought a knife to a gun fight. Things are no different where RAM is concerned, and the Xperia Z1 Compact again leads with 2GB of RAM, compared to 1GB and 1.5GB on the other two.
  3. Storage – Expandable memory has become a necessity and Sony and Samsung’s offerings have a microSD card slot. The One mini though has to make do with 16GB of internal storage.
  4. Cameras – The mismatch continues in this department too. The One mini features a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear and 1.6-megapixel front cameras, while the Galaxy S4 mini features an 8-megapixel and 1.9-megapixel cameras. But neither is a match for Xperia Z1 Compact’s 20.7-megapixel snapper, which is supplemented with a 2-megapixel front camera.
  5. Battery – Sony’s 2,300mAh battery again leads compared with the 1,800mAh and the 1,900mAh on the other two devices.
  6. Android OS – None of the devices run on the latest OS, but the three are thankfully on Jelly Bean and hence there is little to differentiate between them.

Though there is big difference in the prices between the Xperia Z1 Compact and the other two devices, for the extra buck you get specifications that you would normally associate with a flagship device. Hence, they are no match for Sony’s mini-monster. If you are in the market for a high-end smartphone, but don’t like huge form-factors, then the Xperia Z1 Compact is your only choice. Also Read - Samsung reveals Unpacked 2022 event date to launch Galaxy S22 series






4.3-inch 720p (342 ppi) 4.3-inch 720p (342 ppi) 4.3-inch qHD (256 ppi)


2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 dual-core 1.7GHz dual-core


2GB 1GB 1.5GB


16GB expandable 16GB 8GB expandable


20.7-megapixel/2-megapixel 4-megapixel/1.6-megapixel 8-megapixel/1.9-megapixel


2,300mAh 1,800mAh 1,900mAh


4.3 Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Jelly Bean 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


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  • Published Date: February 20, 2014 3:24 PM IST
  • Updated Date: February 20, 2014 4:45 PM IST

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