HTC One mini 2 vs One mini vs Galaxy S4 mini specs comparison

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HTC One mini 2 vs One mini vs Galaxy S4 mini specs comparison
Lo and behold, that "mini" craze has caught up with manufacturers indeed, and it's almost a given now that once a flagship is launched, a miniaturized version of it, riding on the coattails of the larger sibling's name recognition, will appear in a month or two. HTC is no exception now, and we are pitting the just-announced One mini 2 against last year's One mini, and throwing in the current Samsung S4 "mini" warrior for a good measure, despite that the S5 mini is probably just around the corner, too.

What you can clearly see from the first glimpse at the comparison table below, is that we are dealing with the Snapdragon 400 crowd here. This midrange processor has proven capable to run Android without major hiccups, but might be a bit long in the tooth for, say, the latest 3D games. That's all right, as if you are eyeing a 4.3" or 4.5" handset you probably aren't into the blazing graphics of Asphalt 8 too much anyway. Out of the three, only the S4 mini sports a gig and a half of RAM, whereas the HTC handsets make do with 1 GB, but since we have Android 4.4 KitKat on the phones, the RAM point is somewhat moot. 

The biggest upgrades from the One mini to the mini 2 for us are the camera, and the presence of a microSD slot. The 4 MP UltraPixel shooter in the One mini isn't anything spectacular, as it doesn't sport the OIS tech of the larger HTC One, but the 13 MP unit in the One mini 2 is likely the same Sony sensor that has proven itself in most aspiring mid- to high-enders these days already. Add to these niceties the BoomSound stereo speakers, 5 MP wide-angle front camera, plus the largest battery of the bunch, and the One mini 2 suddenly becomes a very, very appealing handset. It has the biggest screen in the trio, and a premium aluminum unibody design, too, so the only way HTC can't fight any "mini" thrown its way, is if the price of the mini 2 is uncompetitive.

Display

Size

4.3 inches
4.3 inches
4.5 inches

Technology

S-LCD 3
Super AMOLED
S-LCD 2

Screen-to-body

61.30 %
66.77 %
62.48 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 8230
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400

Processor

Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Krait
Dual-core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300
Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7

GPU

Adreno 305
Adreno 305
Yes

RAM

1GB DDR2
1.5GB LPDDR2
1GB

Internal storage

16GB
8GB
16GB

OS

Android (4.4, 4.2.2), HTC Sense UI
Android (4.2.2), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (4.4), HTC Sense UI

Battery

Capacity

1800 mAh
1900 mAh
2100 mAh

Talk time

20.72 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)
 
 

Stand-by time

20.8 days (500 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
 
 

Talk time (3G)

13.27 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
12.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
16.20 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

28.8 days (692 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
23.2 days (556 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

 
12.5 days (300 hours)
the average is 0 days (0 h)
 

Music playback

 
49.00 hours
 

Video playback

 
10.00 hours
 

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

4 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, CMOS image sensor)
13 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 2 μm
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Recording format

MPEG4
 
 

Front

1.6 MP
1.9 MP
5 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
 
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.20 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches (132 x 63.2 x 9.25 mm)
4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches (124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm)
5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches (137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm)

Weight

4.30 oz (122.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
3.77 oz (107.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
4.83 oz (137.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
 
Back: Metal

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