HTC One Mini Vs Samsung S4 Mini: Shrunken Flagship Showdown


HTC's One Mini has been listed as "available" by online retailers and some of you might be considering picking up the shrunken flagship from the Taiwanese phone maker. Another option worth considering is the Samsung S4 Mini which has been available in India for a while now. Let's compare the two shrunken flagships to understand which one is better.

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HTC One Mini Vs Samsung S4 Mini: Shrunken Flagship Showdown


Form Factor

The One Mini wins this round with ease thanks its gorgeous Aluminum unibody, something that it inherited from its larger sibling, the HTC One. The device is firm and solid to hold and here's the best part, it feels luxurious. Compare this to the S4 Mini's all-plastic body and you'll be upset with Samsung's cheap plastic-based approach. Talking about device, Samsung uses a design that's been done to death since we've seen it on a plethora of Gaalxy phones. The HTC One uses a more fresh and sharp design in comparision.

Winner : HTC One Mini


On paper, the HTC One mini has a 4.7 inch Super LCD2 HD display of 1280 x 720 resolution resulting in around 342 pixels per inch. In comparison, the S4 Mini uses an inferior Super AMOLED 4.3 inch qHD display 540 x 960 resolution that delivers 256 ppi, meaning that it isn't as sharp.

Winner : HTC One Mini


The HTC One mini has two Krait 200 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz along with 1 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S4 mini is a little better with two Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz along with 1.5 GB of RAM. Our performance tests indicate that thanks to its superior chipset, the S4 Mini beats the One Mini, but not by a large margin.


Winner : S4 Mini


The HTC One packs a relatively low 4MP resolution camera, but the flipside is that it uses much bigger pixels, thereby offering a slight advantage in low-light performance. There's a speedy F/2.0 lens but no OIS. There's a decent front facing 1.6 MP camera as well. The S4 Mini packs a 8MP main camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera.

Winner : S4 Mini. We loved HTC's Zoe App and the camera delivered crisp, clear pictures, but it wasn't as good as the one on its larger sibling, the HTC Onet. The S4 Mini has a great camera as well and it offers a plethora of features and shooting modes.

Verdict :

In the end, its a tough call to make. If you're looking for a top-notch screen, great Beats audio, a wonderful metal body and stylish looks, the HTC One will be a great choice. However, the Samsung is slightly faster when tested (Not that you'll notice with everyday use) and offers a better camera.

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