Out of all Mini Flagships Which One is the Best?


Out of all major Android manufacturers, only HTC and Samsung have announced more compact versions of their flagships in the HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. However, the Sony Xperia ZR can also be called a mini version of the Xperia Z since it also has somewhat similar specs and a much more compact design so it is added as well.

Here are the specifications of the three smartphones:

HTC One Mini Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Sony Xperia ZR
Status Announced Released Released
Weight 122g 107g 138g
Thickness 9.3mm 8.9mm 10.5mm
OS (pre-installed) Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1
Display 4.3 inch 4.3 inch 4.55 inch
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels 540 x 960 pixels 720 x 1280 pixels
Processor 1.4 Ghz dual-core Krait 300 1.7Ghz dual-core Krait 1.5Ghz quad-core SnapDragon APQ8064
GPU Adreno 305 Adreno 305 Adreno 320
RAM, storage 1 GB, 16 GB non-expandable 1.5GB, 8GB expandable 2GB, 8GB expandable
Camera (rear) 4 mp Ultrapixel, 1080p video 8 mp, 1080p video 13.1 mp, 1080p video
Camera (front) 1.6mp 1.9mp VGA
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, optional NFC Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, optional NFC, Infrared, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, NFC
Battery 1800 mAh 1900 mAh 2300mAh
Price 449 Euros 380 Euros 420 Euros

It’s worth noting that the Xperia ZR is only phone which is water and dust proof. It is, however, the least compact of the trio. Specs-wise, the Galaxy S4 mini is the phone which least qualifies as the genuine mini flagship due to the considerably cut down specs which is a shame but then again, it’s the cheapest.

Our judgement, however, doesn’t matter much in this case as the end user should only look at the specs important to them to come to a final verdict before buying a phone.

  • I don’t understand how on earth you can rate s4 mini least genuine in comparison to HTC one mini, I mean apart from resolution samsung s4 mini wins hands down.

      • You are right! i was talking with regards to comparison between s4 mini and htc one mini. Xperia ZR no doubt is superior to these and there is not even competition

  • as far as specs are concerned both one mini and s4 mini doesn’t stand a chance before xperia zr.

  • If Sony Xperia ZR is a mini version, the other two sets pale in comparison to it. I like how Sony is pushing the Adreno 320 GPU for most of its new mid to high range sets. Xperia SP also has the GPU with impressive results.

    • Nexus 4 definitely is a brilliant “price/performance” product and despite its shortcomings, its still the one to buy in current time.

    • You are right. ‘Mini’ is just a word by Samsung to capitalize on the success of its flagship phone to sell their mid range phone at a higher price. Nothing more. HTC just following them.

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