The obsession with miniature phones was first kicked off by Samsung, offering a smaller-screened version of its popular flagship handsets. But now HTC and Sony have jumped on the bandwagon with two of the best dinky smartphones on the market.
So which of these miniature heroes will come out triumphant? Let us take on the HTC One mini 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact…
High quality build
The main standout feature of both miniature handsets has got to be their build. Gone are the days when small meant cheap and plasticy; the HTC One mini 2 and the Sony Xperia Z2 sport hardwearing and beautifully crafted outer shells.
As you can see the HTC One mini 2 is a double of its bigger brother, the HTC One (M8) boasting a top class brushed aluminium effect all over its elegant and slim-line body. On the other end of the scale, the Xperia Z1 Compact wears the same tempered glass jacket as the original Xperia Z1, making it just as strong in the design stakes.
Where the two handsets do differ is in their shape. Whilst the mini HTC smartphone has a rounded design with a curved back, making it easy to handle, the Z1 Compact is a little more serious-looking with its linear approach and square corners.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a smartphone with a slimmer waistline, then the Sony smartphone might be the best option for you. With a body measuring just 9.5mm thick, compared to the 10.6mm depth of the HTC One mini 2, the Z1 Compact is ‘compact’ in every way. That said, with both smartphones weighing in at exactly 137 grams, you could definitely argue that looks can be deceiving. And when you bear in mind that the One mini 2 sports a slightly larger 4.5-inch display, versus the Z1 Compact’s 4.3-inch screen, then it levels the playing field a little.
We all know that age old saying “size matters”. But does down-sizing when it comes to your smartphone mean sliming down on the specs department too?
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact really blows your socks off in this department, offering a full set of specs you could quite easily have taken straight from your typical flagship. Boasting a mighty quad-core 2.2GHz processor and a snapdragon 800 chipset, the Z1 Compact is as fast as Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone, allowing you to zip in and out of apps or browse the net effortlessly.
In terms of memory, the Z1 Compact doesn’t scrimp either, offering users 16GB of internal memory as well as an SD card slot to expand it to a whopping 64GB. Plus, with 1GB of RAM, the Z1 Compact is sure to live up to anything that you could throw at it.
Compare those specs to the HTC One mini 2 and you’ve got some competition on your hands. The ‘miniature’ HTC One sports an equally impressive quad-core processor, though this time packing in a slightly smaller 1.2GHz CPU and Snapdragon 400 chipset, meaning it falls slightly short of the Z1 Compact when it comes to power. On top of that, the One mini 2 features a 1GB RAM versus the Z1 Compact’s 2GB effort.
That said, if you’re a real media fiend after maximum memory, then the HTC One mini 2 might be your best bet, offering 16GB of internal memory and an SD card expandable to a huge 128GB.
Two mighty cameras
Another area where the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact edges ahead slightly is with its camera. Almost unheard of within the smartphone world, Sony has packed in a massive 20.7 megapixels onto the back of its compact Z1, beating most flagships, let along miniature smartphones, hands down.
With over 20 megapixels under its belt, the Z1 Compact takes sharp and crisp photos, as you would expect from Sony. Sony has also added a dedicated camera shutter button on the side of the Z1 Compact making it clear that this mini smartphone means business when it comes to its photography capabilities. Team that with the handset’s ability to be submerged underwater, and you’ve got an incredible smartphone that can capture the best underwater snaps you’ve ever taken!
With a range of in-built camera modes and features, the Z1 Compact is also great for those creative photographers who like to edit their snaps. From Auto Superior to AR Effect, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact offers every editing app you could ever want from a Sony smartphone.
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There’s no need to forget about the HTC One mini 2 camera just yet, though. Despite featuring a slightly smaller 13 megapixel count, the One mini 2 still offers a similar camera experience to your typical flagship smartphone. Plus, with a super sharp HDR mode on board, the One mini 2 can even give the One M8 with its UltraPixel lens a run for its money.
Where the HTC One mini 2 really stands apart from the Z1 Compact, however, is with its front facing snapper. Whilst this is usually only a minor consideration by most smartphone manufacturers, the One mini 2 boasts a massive 5MP front lens, making it perfect for capturing those selfies. And with a HDR mode and real-life time effects available on the HTC’s front camera, the One mini 2 really could be the best selfie-snapper you’ll ever get on a smartphone.
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs HTC One mini 2: the verdict
What’s clear from this latest head to head battle is that both the Z1 Compact and One mini 2 are two mighty smartphones which by far over exceed their ‘miniature’ titles would suggest. While the Xperia Z1 Compact is great for all photography fanatics out there, its HTC rival is a great-looking, high quality alternative for those who consider themselves a slave to fashion.