Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs HTC One mini 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - specs comparison

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs HTC One mini 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - specs comparison
The Samsung Galaxy S5's 'mini-me' went official today, and it is as many as it can be. While phones like the Oppo N1 mini and the upcoming LG G3 mini make the "mini" tag extremely questionable by being actual, full-bodied 5-inch behemoths, Samsung endowed the Galaxy S5 mini with a sensible 4.5-inch HD Super-AMOLED display.

Featuring the ho-hum Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU (inside the LTE version) that makes the latest smart-watches tick, along with a healthy 1.5GB of RAM and IP67 water and dust resistance, the S5 Mini comes across as a capable opponent to HTC and LG's (more precisely, the G2 mini) current 'reductionist' offerings. Not only that, but the Galaxy S5 Mini actually carries over a substantial amount of the Galaxy S5's bag of features, including the heart-rate monitor, the fingerprint sensor, the dotted back pattern, and the coveted Ultra Power Saving Mode.

Alas, the Galaxy S5 mini's $650 price tag is difficult to stomach since we're talking of a phone that disappoints from a performance-per-dollar perspective. Admittedly, it's one of the best-equipped 4.5-inch devices out there, but if you don't fancy Samsung's specialties, like the heart-rate monitor and fingerprint scanner, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact basically smokes the S5 Mini and HTC One Mini 2 in terms of raw specs, while priced under $500. As always, make of it what you wish.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs HTC One mini 2 vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact


Display size

4.5 inches
4.5 inches
4.3 inches


720 x 1280 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels

Pixel density

326 ppi
326 ppi
342 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

65.76 %
62.48 %
61.72 %



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
13 megapixels
20.7 megapixels

Hardware Features

Autofocus, CMOS image sensor, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F2.2; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.3"

Video recording

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

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
MPEG4, H.263, H.264


High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Video light, Digital image stabilization


2.1 megapixels
5 megapixels
2 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)



5.16 x 2.55 x 0.36 inches (131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1 mm)
5.41 x 2.56 x 0.42 inches (137.43 x 65.04 x 10.6 mm)
5.00 x 2.56 x 0.37 inches (127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm)


4.23 oz (120 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.83 oz (137 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
4.83 oz (137 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)


Back: Plastic; Frame: Metal
Back: Metal


Water, Dust; IP 67
Water, Dust; IP 58


Fingerprint (swipe)


Touch sensitive control keys

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 3470
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974


Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400


Mali-400 MP4
Adreno 330


1.5 GB
1 GB


Android (6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 4.4), Samsung TouchWiz UI
Android (4.4), HTC Sense UI
Android (5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.3)



2100 mAh
2100 mAh
2300 mAh



Talk time

10.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)

Stand-by time

27.9 days (670 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)

Talk time (3G)

10.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
16.20 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1362 min)

Stand-by time (3G)

23.2 days (556 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)
25.0 days (600 hours)
the average is 25 days (611 h)

Stand-by time (4G)

22.9 days (550 hours)
the average is 24 days (575 h)

Music playback

47.00 hours
94.00 hours

Video playback

11.00 hours
12.00 hours



1. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol the M8 Mini is about the same size as my Nexus 5 Also the Z1 Mini has a flagship specs, the other two have mid range specs

3. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

that's not z1 mini it's z1 compact.there is a difference :)

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Obvious winner z1c.

2. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

z1 compact way way waay better.

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Sony does it right :D

4. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

z1 compact FTW... Compact in size but not mini in specs :D

5. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Samsung's users get an 8mp camera and just 1,5GB of ram (nowadays, even entry-level phones like Moto E or Xperia M have 1GB), and a subpar processor with lower clock speed. But the worst part is probably the Mali-400 GPU... old and outdated, now used in low-end chinese phones. The specs are mid-range, even mid-low, yet you can bet that the s5 mini will be priced higher than the z1 compact, and that Samsung users will happily buy it!

6. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The "minis" aren't comparable with the z1 compact. Even the zr blows them away. The z1 compact can be bought here in the Netherlands for 400€ an the zr 369€(probably old stock).

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

S5 Mini is a pathetic joke. It's clearly the worst SS Mini galaxy yet...

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1865; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Wow...if work didn't provide for my cell phone (and didn't give only one android option), I'd be all over the Sony device. Flagship specs, and a usable screen? Sign me up.

11. edelxander

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

wow.. Sony Xperia Z1 compact is clearly the winner.. I hope Z2 or Z3 compact will come with a thinner phone, bigger battery capacity, water and dustproof. same spec only reduce the size. that'll sell like hot cakes

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