After releasing the first Galaxy S, Samsung made a Mini version for each generation, but we’ll stopping at the Galaxy S4 Mini, which we’ll compare with the HTC One and its mini version.
Displays and sizes
The HTC One is a phone with a 4.7inches Super LCD3 display, whose resolution is good enough at 1080x1920pixels with 469ppi, while the mini version is using a Super LCD2 display of 4.3inches, whose resolution was decreased to 720x1280pixels, and the pixel density had to suffer too, being lowered down to 342ppi. While the big brother is using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 to protect its screen, the smaller HTC One has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of its screen. The Galaxy S4 Mini has a much smaller display of 4.3inches and it opted for a Super AMOLED display which renders a resolution of only 540x960pixels with 256ppi. The protection it used for the display is Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
The Galaxy S4 is the thinnest between the three phones, measuring 124.6×61.3×8.9mm and its weight is 107grams, while both of the HTC models have the same thickness of 9.3mm. The HTC One weights 143grams and the mini variant is 21grams lighter.
Hardware and OS
The Galaxy S4 Mini is powered by a dual core 1.7GHz 300 processor, which manages to offer a decent performance along with the Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 chipset and the Adreno 305 GPU. The HTC One Mini is using a previous Krait 200 processor with two cores, clocked at 1.4GHz, but it has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and Adreno 305 graphics. The HTC One is using a quad core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor which sits on a newer Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 chipset and has Adreno 320 graphics. Both of the HTC models have unexpandable internal memories. The HTC One comes with variants of 32 and 64GB, while the mini version has only 16GB of storage. The RAM capacities are 2GB – HTC One and 1GB – One Mini. The Galaxy S4 Mini has 8GB of internal storage which can be increased up to 64GB, and houses 1.5GB of RAM.
The HTC models are waiting to be upgraded to v5.0 (Lollipop), while the Samsung handset will continue to run on v4.4.2 (KitKat), for now.
Both the HTC models sport a 4MP back camera with autofocus and LED flash, but the bigger model features optical image stabilization, which the smaller version lacks. But they have other mutual features such as 1/3” sensor size and 2µm pixel size, face and smile detection and geo-tagging. The One has a 2.1MP front camera, while the mini variant offers a 1.6MP front shooter.
The HTC models have non removable batteries and their capacities are 2300mAh – HTC One and 1800mAh – One Mini. On the bigger smartphone you can talk 18 hours on 3G, while on the HTC One Mini you’re able to talk with 5hours less. The Galaxy S4 Mini’s 1900mAh user replaceable battery supports 12 hours of talking time on 3G.
The HTC One costs 504 dollars on the Indian market, while the One Mini 4G LTE can be purchased from Amazon at the price of 320 dollars. The Galaxy S4 Mini 8GB variant costs 280 dollars.
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