Out of all Mini Flagships Which One is the Best?

Mini-Flagships

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 MiniSamsung Galaxy S4 miniSony Xperia ZR
StatusAnnouncedReleasedReleased
Weight122g107g138g
Thickness9.3mm8.9mm10.5mm
OS (pre-installed)Android 4.2.2Android 4.2.2Android 4.1
Display4.3 inch4.3 inch4.55 inch
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels540 x 960 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Processor1.4 Ghz dual-core Krait 3001.7Ghz dual-core Krait1.5Ghz quad-core SnapDragon APQ8064
GPUAdreno 305Adreno 305Adreno 320
RAM, storage1 GB, 16 GB non-expandable1.5GB, 8GB expandable2GB, 8GB expandable
Camera (rear)4 mp Ultrapixel, 1080p video8 mp, 1080p video13.1 mp, 1080p video
Camera (front)1.6mp1.9mpVGA
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, optional NFCBluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, optional NFC, Infrared,Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Wifi, NFC
Battery1800 mAh1900 mAh2300mAh
Price449 Euros380 Euros420 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.


  • Makhdoom

    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.

    • panjgoori

      nope. Xperia ZR is better than other 2. Better GPU, Better Chipset, Camera is also bigger.

      • Makhdoom

        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

  • Usman Arif

    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.

  • Salman Abbas

    Nexus 4 costs half the price of these “mini”s hahaha

    • abobobilly

      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.