Samsung and HTC have been the kings of having mini versions of their flagships devices and now Sony has thrown its hat into the ring as well with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. With the unveiling of their tiny powerhouse at CES 2014, we now have a trifecta of flagship devices packed into a smaller package. So which is the best? We take a look at the Galaxy S4 Mini, the HTC One Mini, and the Xperia Z1 Compact and compare them.
First Samsung, and then HTC
Samsung was the first manufacturer last year to put a smaller version of its flagship device on the market, the Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 Mini was a little lackluster in our initial testing, mostly due to much different lower end specs than the original Galaxy S4. HTC seemed to learn the lesson that Samsung incurred and when putting their HTC One Mini to the market, made the technical gap between their two devices much lower. Again, however, some compromise had to be made between their flagship device and their “mini” device.
Sony enters onto scene
Sony has made the gap even smaller with their announcement of the Xperia Z1 Compact: their mini device is ridiculously close in technical specs to the original Xperia Z1 it is almost ridiculous. With its release, Sony has definitely made a mark on the mini market and sets the bar just a little bit higher. If the trend continues, could we expect LG to point the shrink ray at their G2 smartphone in the near future?
Until then, let’s take a look at the current “mini” smartphones that are available on the market:
|Xperia Z1 Compact||Galaxy S4 Mini||One Mini|
|System||Android 4.3||Android 4.2.2, Update to 4.3||Android 4.2.2|
|Display||4.3-inches, 1280 x 720 Pixel (342 ppi)||4.3-inches, 960 x 540 Pixel (256 ppi)||4.3-inches, 1280 x 720 Pixel (342 ppi)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 800, Quad Core, 2.2 GHz||Snapdragon 400, Dual Core, 1.7 GHz||Snapdragon 400, Dual Core, 1.4 GHz|
|Memory||2 GB||1,5 GB||1 GB|
|Internal Storage||16 GB + microSD (expandable to 64 GB)||8 GB + microSD (expandable to 64 GB)||16 GB|
|Connectivity||LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC||LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC, Infrarot-Sender||LTE, WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0|
|Camera||20.7 MP (Main camera)
2 MP (Front camera)
|8 MP (Main camera)
1.9 MP (Front camera)
|4 MP (Main camera)
1.6 MP (Front camera)
|Battery||2300 mAh, permanently installed||1900 mAh, replaceable||1800 mAh, permanently installed|
|Dimensions||127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm||124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm||132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm|
|Weight||137 g||107 g||122 g|
The clear winner
In the direct comparison between the three devices, it’s clear on how each company took a little bit different approach when it comes to the design of their minis. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact wins in pretty much each category listed above: it has a greater advantage when it comes to processor power. It wins when it comes to the camera. Even the battery is bigger than the rest. Plus, it incorporates the same dust and water resistance that the Xperia Z1 has.
On paper, the Xperia Z1 Compact is the clear winner. Tests might reveal something different, but we don’t think that will be the case.
What do you think of the Z1 Compact? Did Sony get it right? Or is all that hardware in such a small package just too much?