The final couple of years have seen one thing of a frenzied sprint by telephone producers to cater to each totally different show measurement conceivable. Whereas there are nonetheless a couple of mad lurches with issues like Samsung’s lately launched 7-inch smartphone (a Korean unique for now, thank goodness), we look like nearly reaching some type of equilibrium. The consensus appears to favour three tough measurement classes: principal flagships are round 5-inches, you then get a barely greater “phablet”, and a barely smaller “mini” or “compact” at round four.5-inches or much less; one thing approximate to the present iPhone anyway.
Direct Spec Comparability Shootout
|System||HTC One Mini 2||Sony Xperia Z1 Compact|
|Dimensions||137.four x sixty five x 10.6 mm, 137g||127 x sixty four.9 x 9.5 mm, 137g|
|Show||four.5-inch SLCD2,1280x720 pixels,326ppi||four.three-inch IPS LCD ,1280x720 pixels, 342ppi|
|Digital camera||13MP,1080p video,LED flash||20MP,1080p video,LED flash|
|Storage||16GB, microSD as much as 128GB||16GB,microSD as much as 64GB|
|Processor, RAM, Graphics||1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon four hundred,1GB RAM, Adreno 305 GPU||2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800,2GB RAM,Adreno 330 GPU|
|Working System,||Android four.four KitKat||Android four.four KitKat|
|UI||HTC Sense 6||Sony UI|
|Connectivity||microUSB,Bluetooth,NFC,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,DLNA,GPS,4G LTE,MHL||microUSB,Bluetooth,Wi-Fi,Wi-Fi Hotspot,Wi-Fi Direct,4G LTE,GPS,MHL,NFC|
Each units are very direct “mini” derivatives of their bigger flagship counterparts, at the least on the surface, which suggests there’s little right here we haven’t seen earlier than. The Xperia Z1 Compact makes use of the identical aluminium internal chassis and encompass to provide a very strong really feel, which is then clad in glass on each back and front. Meanhwile, HTC’s One Mini 2 might have a little bit of excessive-grade plastic across the outer edge, however apart from this it’s all metallic identical to the HTC One M8, and is formed and styled just about precisely prefer it, proper right down to the tapered edges, brushed end, entrance-dealing with punched stereo audio system, and neatly curved again panel.
Every manages to hit that hallowed “premium really feel” mark because of their strong development and excessive-grade supplies. They’re additionally snug within the hand and straightforward to function. Aesthetically they’re each good wanting handsets for my part, it’s subjective in fact, and each go for very totally different types; the HTC with its very curvy, all-metallic design, Sony with its extremely angular, shiny shiny glass strategy.
Each get prime marks for construct and design, though with a caveat, as every design does have its disadvantages too. HTC’s aluminium might really feel premium however it’s not probably the most strong materials to make a whole telephone from. Scratches and scuffs are positive to seem and will certainly detract from the premium look. Regardless of being made from glass, the Xperia Z1 Compact is surprisingly strong, primarily as a result of it makes use of Dragontrail strengthened glass, which means it’ll survive fairly a number of knocks comparatively unscathed. Nevertheless, it too has its issues. The glass again panel is simply as dangerous because the show in relation to displaying up fingerprints; the telephone seems to be immaculate the primary time you're taking it out the field, however ever onwards will probably be a greasy and smeared, which once more detracts from all that polished design. The one saving grace is that sure color variants, such because the white mannequin, don’t present fingerprints up fairly a lot.
It’s additionally value noting that the Xperia Z1 Compact has full IP67 water and mud resistance whereas the HTC One Mini 2 has no component-proofing in any way.
The Xperia Z1 Compact has the marginally smaller and barely sharper show of the 2 right here, though there’s not lots in it. Each telephones have the identical 720p HD decision, which for screens of this measurement is completely satisfactory when it comes to picture readability. Sony made some massive enhancements to its IPS LCD Triluminos display know-how from the Xperia Z1, and the Z1 Compact has higher viewing angles, color, and brightness, and usually seems to be extra energetic. It appears just about on a par with HTC’s SLCD2, nevertheless, which produces very pure whites, has good brightness, and nice color.
Hardware, Software program & Efficiency
Whereas HTC has caught with the concept a smaller telephone must have a lower cost/spec than its flagship counterpart, Sony clearly thought “to hell with this,” and used most of the similar inner elements from its full-measurement flagship Xperia Z1.
The Xperia Z1 Compact options Qualcomm’s succesful Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip clocked at 2.2GHz on 4 Krait four hundred cores, with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 graphics processing unit (GPU). The Snapdragon 801 is turning into extra prolific as the present prime-of-the-line chip and the Snapdragon 805 is on the best way, however regardless the Snapdragon 800 stays an extremely quick processor and is likely one of the greatest available on the market.
HTC has opted for a decrease-grade Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon four hundred, which is predicated on older ARM Cortex-A7 core structure. It’s clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 305 GPU.
Uncooked processor figures aren’t every little thing, nevertheless, and there’s rather a lot to be stated for software program optimisation. Each telephones run Android four.four KitKat, the newest construct from Google, with their very own UI overlays on prime. Every has been properly optimised and working both telephone’s interface feels clean and responsive, with nothing in the best way of stuttering or lag.
Of the 2 interface overlays I personally want HTC Sense 6, which to me feels cleaner, extra cohesive, and fewer fussy. It’s a contemporary design with wonderful presentation. When it comes to performance, with each on Android KitKat they provide an identical expertise.
Each producers have been smart sufficient to offer 16GB of onboard storage and microSD help. The One Mini, nevertheless, helps as much as 128GB playing cards, whereas Sony’s solely goes as excessive as 64GB. Nonetheless, nothing to sneeze at both means. Every handset can also be absolutely stacked relating to connectivity choices and you've got your ordinary run of Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, NFC, and MHL TV-Out. They’re additionally extra-or-much less even on battery energy with the Xperia packing a 2,300mAh cell and the HTC utilizing a 2,110mAh setup. Neither is detachable.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has some very succesful audio system however the HTC One Mini’s entrance-dealing with BoomSound setup is unparalleled within the cellular area.
I’m glad HTC has deserted its “Ultrapixel” digital camera for the One Mini 2 and has as an alternative gone for a extra typical 13MP configuration. Besides, it’s up towards some robust competitors with the Xperia Z1 Compact. Sony’s 20-megapixel setup is definitely the most effective cellular imaging preparations available on the market, simply behind Nokia’s PureView.
The One Mini 2’s thirteen-megapixel again-illuminated sensor (BSI) makes use of an f/2.2 aperture and may seize 1080p video. When it comes to picture readability and element it’s an enormous enchancment on the “Ultrapixel” hardware. Sony’s 20MP BSI CMOS sensor takes some beating although – this is identical optics you’ll discover in a few of its digital compact cameras. It has an f/2.zero aperture and a big half.three” sensor measurement, enabling it to absorb extra mild and thus seize extra element.
Sony’s digital camera app and controls are slightly extra fussy, nevertheless, and may take some getting used to to be able to get good outcomes. When you crack it, nevertheless, it’s all gravy. HTC definitely has in its favour a extra immediately accessible imaging expertise – you will get good outcomes shortly and simply, and the standard is excellent certainly.
These are each excessive-high quality Android handsets and it’s a troublesome name to make on which may be higher. I feel that’s truly a judgement name you may need to make individually, because it is dependent upon what you need to get in your cash.
It’s fairly startling to me that the HTC One Mini 2 has the identical processor hardware as Motorola’s finances Moto G, which prices £149 for the comparable 4G-related, microSD variant (although with solely 8GB of onboard storage), or £139 for the 16GB, non-4G, non-microSD mannequin. In the meantime the HTC One Mini 2 is priced at round £360. What you’re paying for then, is the higher digital camera, superb audio system and luxurious aluminium unibody, and it's a must to ask your self whether or not that’s value £200, particularly when the Moto is at the very least splash proof and the HTC shouldn't be.
The Xperia Z1 Compact prices £300-350 and with a a lot better digital camera, a extra strong and waterproof bodyshell, and a extra future-proof processor, it turns into very troublesome to advocate HTC’s providing as an alternative, until you completely should have these BoomSound audio system.