Trading on the names of their big brand flagship phones HTC and Samsung have released ‘mini’ versions of the HTC One and Galaxy S4. These handsets are mini in the sense that they have smaller screens (and hence smaller physical dimensions) than their bigger brothers, but they are also mini in that they have a lesser specification – dual core instead of quad core, less RAM and so on. Side-by-side how do these two handsets compare, here is a “by the numbers” look at the mini versions of these top smartphones.
Is the screen size chosen by both HTC and Samsung for these mini versions of their flagship phones. This is quite a large drop for Samsung who went with a five inch screen on the Galaxy S4 but less of a reduction for HTC who opted for 4.7 inches on the full HTC One. 4.3 inches is a fairly standard size for modern mid-range smartphones but still bigger than the iPhone 5.
The difference in pixel density between the HTC One mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Although the full versions of these handsets both have 1080p displays, it seems that Samsung doesn’t think that a high resolution display is needed for the mini variant. The HTC One mini has a S-LCD3 display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 (341 ppi), while the S4 mini only sports a 960 x 540 display, albeit Super AMOLED, with a pixel density of 256 ppi.
Is how much faster the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is clocked on the S4 mini compared to the Snapdragon 400 in the HTC One. Assuming the two are using the same model of Snapdragon 400 then that will give the S4 mini the edge in terms of performance. Since the HTC has the bigger resolution screen it is possible that the clock speed was dialed down to maintain battery life, while the S4 mini with its qHD screen can run the processor at its full speed.
Talking of batteries, the two phones have almost identical battery capacities with the S4 just tipping the scale with a 1900mAH unit compared to the HTC’s 1800mAH. The biggest difference between the two is that the HTC One mini battery, like its bigger brother, is non-removable.
Is the difference in RAM size between the HTC One mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. It also happens to be the difference in RAM size between the Galaxy S4 and its mini version. The HTC One and Galaxy S4 both have 2GB of RAM while the S4 mini packs 1.5GB and the HTC One mini 1GB. The truth is that 1GB is probably sufficient for most people and it begs the question, did Samsung include the extra 0.5GB because TouchWiz is so bloated???
The amount of internal storage offered by the S4 mini, but sadly only 5.5GB is usable. The HTC offers (on paper) 8GB more with 16GB of internal storage, how much of that is usable is yet unknown but if HTC stay true to its previous track record then this won’t be an issue. Having said all that, the S4 mini does have an SD card slot which the HTC One mini doesn’t.
Is simultaneously the size of the HTC One mini’s main camera and also the number of megapixels extra that S4 mini owners get. Of course there is talk of Ultrapixels, HTC Zoe, more light captured etc. In fact it appears that the HTC One mini is packing the same camera as the HTC One. This means that the questions about the relative merits of Ultrapixels remain just as true when comparing the mini versions and the flagship versions.