Samsung are well known for their Galaxy range of devices and two of the more popular within that range are the S3 Mini and the S4 Mini.
As the name implies, they are smaller versions of their bigger brothers the S3 and the S4.
This is a positive and a negative depending on your viewpoint.
The Mini has meant that it is smaller, more portable and cost effective device, but it does also mean that the specification of the handset has to date been compromised quite significantly.
Let’s do a quick comparison (S4 v S4 Mini):
- 1.9GHz Quad Core processor v 1.7GHz Dual Core
- 16GB internal memory v 8GB
- 4.99” display v 4.3”
- 13 megapixel camera v 8 megapixel
- 2600mAh battery v 1900mAh
Of course there have been similarities between the S4 and the S4 Mini but many have been unintentionally mislead that the Mini versions would have many of the features of the considerably better marketed headline products.
Take for example MHL capability. Many think or have been lead to believe that the S3 Mini has this feature as it is a much talked about benefit of the S3 device, however it does not.
HTC have taken a similar approach with their HTC One and the HTC One Mini, although it is fair to say that the specification was not sacrificed quite as much. It retained the same camera which was a bonus.
Arguments can be held on both sides as to the impact of the Mini range of devices, but Sony has achieved what Samsung and HTC have yet to.
They have taken their flagship Z1 and reduced it in size to create the Z1 compact.
The laws of physics mean that reducing the size something has to give, in the case of the Z1 Compact it is the screen size and battery. They reduce from 5” to 4.3” and 3000mAh to 2300mAh. This is where it ends however. By no means a scientific comparison, we could see that there were 5 key differences between the S4 and the S4 Mini, whilst there is just two between the Z1 and Z1 Compact.
Everything else remains the same. The same camera is in the Compact as the Z1, the same speed processor and the same waterproof chassis, you get the idea.
It is great to see such innovation. In 12 months time will Samsung, HTC and others have followed Sony’s lead?