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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z: Battle of the Mini Versions

The smartphone market gets exciting every year with the release of the flagship devices from Android manufacturers. These devices are the top of the line models of each company that will project their image to consumers and targets the high end market.

Manufacturers are also taking advantage of the popularity of their flagship models by introducing mini versions. These are mid-range devices that have a smaller display and uses underpowered components. There’s definitely a huge market for these devices since not everyone wants to have a smartphone with a large display. Then there’s also the lower price advantage which will be interesting for those on a budget.

Samsung announced that a smaller version of their flagship model, called the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, is going to be available in the market soon. Not to be outdone, Sony also unveiled the Sony Xperia M which is the mini version of the Sony Xperia Z. HTC is also reportedly coming out with the HTC One Mini which will compete in the mid-range market.

Let’s take a look at some of the features of the flagship models before looking at their mini versions, we also did a compare of the S4 versus the Xperia Z earlier also.

Samsung Galaxy S4

  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 5 inch full HD Super Amoled (441 ppi)
  • 1.9 GHz quad core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • 16/32/64 GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64 GB
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 130 g


  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 4.7 inch full HD Super Amoled (468 ppi)
  • 1.7 GHz quad core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • HTC Ultrapixel, 2.1 megapixel front camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • 32/64 GB internal storage
  • no microSD support
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • 143 g

Sony Xperia Z

  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 5 inch full HD Super Amoled (443 ppi)
  • 1.5 GHz quad core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64 GB
  • 2,330 mAh battery
  • 146 g

These are the specs of some of the best Android smartphones for 2013.

Let’s now compare these with their respective mini versions.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

  • 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
  • 1.7GHz dual-core processor
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 8 megapixel autofocus camera
  • 8GB internal storage

This version definitely has a huge difference from the flagship model. While the specs are still impressive for a mid-range device it only comes with some of the innovative features of its bigger brother.

HTC One Mini

  • 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen
  • Dual-core processor
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • UltraPixel camera
  • 16GB internal storage

While this device is still rumored to come and the specs are purely speculated one thing that sets this model apart is its use of an UltraPixel camera.

Sony Xperia M

  • 4-inch TFT display
  • 1GHz dual core processor
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 4GB internal storage

Glancing at the specs it looks like this model is outclassed by the two other mini versions. Sony however announced that this device will be waterproof and have the same premium design as the flagship model. It will also come in different colors which should appeal to the younger consumer.


All three mini versions come with pretty impressive specs. Since these are mid-range devices they’re going to be a hit among the budget conscious shopper. As far as who’s going to be on top, in terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini looks very promising. The HTC One Mini uses the impressive UltraPixel camera which could be a deciding factor for people to choose it. The Sony Xperia M on the other hand combines form and functionality and aims to attract the younger crowd.

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