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2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup: which one would you get?

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10 'mini' handset versions that ride on the flagships' coattails
Look, man, yet another "mini" version of a popular flagship handset! Samsung just unveiled its inevitable Galaxy S5 mini edition, all decked up in the perforated look of its bigger brother the S5, mimicking its every curve, and hoping to capitalize on the flagship's popularity. After all, why not equip it with a fairly small HD screen of your own making, put a processor that smartwatches run on now, and then charge just 20% below the flagship's price - hey, it's just like it, but for people who love their handsets smaller.

We kid, but Samsung arguably started all that "mini" craze with the S III mini, and hasn't looked back since. This prompted all other major manufacturers, and even some more obscure ones, to feel obliged to outing a "mini" variation of their flagships. The trouble is that, with only a few exceptions, these "minis" come with a price that is not worth a second look, if it wasn't for the naming scheme, and the visual resemblance to their respective flagship sidekicks in the store.

To illustrate that point, we are rounding up all the current 2014-crop minis below, and by the time you reach the last one, it becomes abundantly clear why manufacturers are doing this drill each and every time now. In addition, we are waiting on an eventual LG G3 mini, which is rumored to come with a 4.5" or 5" HD panel, depending on which speculation you believe, Snapdragon 400, and an 8 MP camera. An Xperia Z2 mini version isn't out of the question either, but there's not much heard on this front just yet. Check the list out, vote which of the current ones would you pick, if you had to choose, and tell us what is your general opinion on the "mini" craze in the comments.


2014 'mini' flagship versions roundup: which one would you get?

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
12.57%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
52.29%
HTC One mini 2
11.81%
LG G2 mini
2.72%
Huawei Ascend P7 mini
0.43%
Oppo Find 7 mini
0.76%
ZTE Nubia Z5s mini
3.44%
I'll wait on the eventual G3 mini and Z2 mini, and then make up my mind
15.97%

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Samsung Galaxy S5 mini specs
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  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
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  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
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LG G2 mini specs
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 4.7 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
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  • Storage 8GB, microSD
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HTC One mini 2 specs
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  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4 HTC Sense UI
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specs
  • Display 4.3 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
Huawei Ascend P7 mini specs
  • OS Android 4.3 Huawei Emotion UI
  • Display 4.5 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
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OPPO Find 7 mini specs
  • Display 4.7 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
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nubia 5S mini specs
  • OS Android 4.3
  • Display 4.7 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
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  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
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