HTC One mini vs Galaxy S4 mini: by the numbers

by: Gary SimsJuly 18, 2013

HTC One mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 miniTrading 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.

4.3 inches

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.

85 ppi

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.

300 MHz

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.

4 megapixels

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.

  • MasterMuffin

    So in short: S4 Mini is the better performer but One Mini is the better looking phone and better for media consumption?

    • fresh_TD

      yuup.. the non removable battery and lack of SDcard slot is a huge disadvantage on the One..I fly pretty often and I laugh everytime I’m walking through the airport and I see all these people that are stuck to wall sockets or looking for wall sockets because their iPhone/HTC one is dead and they don’t have the ability to swap I just swap mine worries

      • MasterMuffin

        I personally wouldn’t care about sd card slot if the phone had 64Gb of memory, but the removable battery is a must for me too :)

        • fresh_TD

          “IF” it had 64gb but it doesn’t ..if phones came with 64gb none would care about a SDcard slot

          • MasterMuffin

            Some actually would, but most most likely wouldn’t

    • Bjajjull

      No, it has TouchWiz.

      • fresh_TD

        it takes a few seconds to get rid of that TW

        • Amine Elouakil

          Well euh no… you can use another launcher, that will get rid of the UI, but TW will be still running in the background, and the memory will still be taken. the other way is to root and to lose your warranty while running the risk of bricking your phone. they should just fixed from the get go

          • MasterMuffin

            I always have to correct these comments about warranty… No, your device won’t necessarily loose its warranty when you root. If you live in Europe, you can root and have warranty. If your phone breaks and they can prove it was because of rooting, then there’s no warranty

          • Amine Elouakil

            I correct myself but at the same I correct you, Rooting in itself it’s not a problem installing a custom rom is, and it voids your warranty, and I live in europe, and I had the experience, (although I reverted back my phone to original rom and sent to be fixed)

          • MasterMuffin

            Like you said, unless your device doesn’t boot up, just flash stock quickly and the take it to get fixed :)

    • Amine Elouakil

      I don’t know if it will perform better, It will get better benchmarks for sure, but performing better that’s another story; hint the comparison between the regular version has alot to say ^^

      • MasterMuffin

        Damn you TW. Well if both had CM then S4 Mini would most likely perform better

        • Amine Elouakil

          Agreed :)

  • Luka Mlinar

    Not sure about the rest but the price should be the main focus here since most people who buy the mini, buy it because the main product is out of their price range. In Croatia the S4 is 872$ wile the S4 mini is 698$. If you ask me the S4 mini price is a rip off. HTC has a good chance to take the “mini market”. At least here.

  • Locutus

    These phones are not that small and 2012 phones like the Galaxy S3 & HTC One X+ are far better options.

  • Carlitos

    If Samsung added a higher resolution screen and more memory it would canabalize into the sales of the SGS3 which still sells a lot!! While HTC doe not have to worry because the One X is not that good with sales so they can add all those extra goodies.

    • Amine Elouakil

      I doub’t HTC is still producing the One X to begin with they probably switched gears to One X+ a while ago, and even that it should in the down path

  • steve jobs

    a phone that comes with 64 gb will also cost a fortune.


    Where did Apple go wrong ?