The mini versions of Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung Galaxy S4 are some of the first devices to come out in the niche ‘mini’ segment, which has started growing a lot.
These phones are often preferred by customers who do not like the large touch screen displays adopted by the flagship models. Apart from reducing the screen size, the miniature versions also offer slightly lesser memory. These disadvantages come at a far big advantage in terms of price and compactness.
The Xperia Z1 Compact is a phone that looks very similar to its larger cousin. The phone comes with Sony’s glass design that has developed its own fan following. It provides the phone with a premium feel that the Galaxy S4 Mini struggles to match. This is primarily because the Samsung device comes with the same plastics that have been criticized for its use in the top end model. The benefits of using plastic, however, become clear in the weight segment where the Galaxy S4 Mini is about 30 g lighter than the Xperia Z1 Compact.
Instead of using the 5 inch plus screens, the Xperia Z1 Compact and the Galaxy S4 Mini come with only a 4.3 inch display. Due to the size of the display, it is possible to provide a far bigger pixel density even with a 720p resolution, as in the case of these phones. The Xperia Z1 Compact, however, is the device that provides a 720p resolution whereas the Galaxy S4 Mini offers a lower 540 x 960 pixels. This results in the Xperia Z1 Compact offering a pixel density that is substantially higher.
The Sony device uses the IPS panel combined with several of its proprietary technologies – seen in higher end phones – to provide more accurate color reproduction than the Samsung device. The Galaxy S4 Mini continues to rely upon the Super AMOLED technology that has worked so well in many of its past models. Colors may be a little oversaturated at times, but the contrast ratio provided by this display is almost unmatched. It offers legibility even in direct sunlight. The display on the Xperia Z1 Compact is also extremely bright, but it cannot match the luminous display provided by the Super AMOLED technology.
The Galaxy S4 Mini offers only 8 GB of internal memory of which 3 GB is used by the Android operating system. This leaves the user with only 5 GB of usable memory. In order to supplement this paltry capacity, Samsung offers external memory card support. MicroSD cards can be used to increase the memory and this phone supports up to 64 GB cards. The Xperia Z1 Compact provides more internal memory – 16 GB – while offering the same 64 GB memory card support as seen in Samsung.
The Xperia Z1 Compact, which is priced at $410, is powered by a quad core 2.2 GHz processor while the Galaxy S4 Mini, priced at $300, has a dual core 1.2 GHz processor.