Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini vs HTC One Mini: which should you get?

Disclaimer: since the HTC One Mini is nothing but a rumored phone, with purported looks and specs, this piece is a heavy speculation piece. Please treat it accordingly. 


Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini vs HTC One Mini is the next big comparison between devices from the two OEMs. We’ve seen that question being asked over and over in the past (some still ask it today), concerning the two flagships from Samsung and HTC, the Galaxy S 4 and the One; now we’re anticipating the question concerning the two miniature versions of the flagships and hopefully help you decide whether you should get the S 4 mini as soon as it’s available, or wait for the One Mini.

Those thinking that the answer to this question is the same as the answer to the question “whether to get the Galaxy S 4 or the One” are wrong. These are completely new devices, independent of their bigger brothers, and the toned-down specs are not everything that matters.


Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini vs HTC One Mini

First things first: the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini is already official, announced by the manufacturer, with all the details. The HTC One Mini, or the M4, as we believe it is codenamed, is still just a rumor, though recent leaks try to describe every aspect of the phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with qHD resolution and it is powered by a 1.7GHz dual core processor. There’s 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card slot), eight-megapixel main shooter, 1.9-megapixel webcam, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 1,900mAh battery. Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and even an infrared port are also present.

According to rumors, speculation, and the most recent leak, the HTC One Mini is powered by an unnamed dual-core processor and features a 4.3-inch display with 720p resolution, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and apparently the same four-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera found on the HTC One. Should land with Android 4.2.2

As far as the build quality and materials are concerned, you can expect the same S 4-like feel on the S 4 mini. However, according to reports, the One Mini will no longer be made out of aluminum, but plastic, which makes the game kind of even (sans hyperglaze though).

Similarities and Differences

HTC One MiniBoth the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini and the HTC One Mini will be miniature, toned-down, versions of their respective flagships. While the displays are both expected to be 4.3-inchers, the one on the S 4 mini will be a Super AMOLED display while the One Mini will most probably feature an LCD screen. So far, advantage might go to Super AMOLED, but the S 4 mini’s resolution will be smaller, at qHD, than the expected 720p resolution on the One Mini.

In terms of processors, both are expected to be dual-core SoCs. While we know the speed of the processor inside the S 4 mini (1.7GHz), we are yet to find out about the clock speeds of the One Mini. We can only speculate that they’ll use the same chip (as the S 4 and One both use the Snapdragon 600), or at least similarly clocked and specced ones.

There’s half-a-gig more RAM expected on the One Mini than on the Galaxy S 4 mini. There is also 8GB more storage space on the mini One than on the Samsung miniature, though, the S 4 mini features a microSD card slot for expansion. We’re yet to find out about the existence of one on the HTC One Mini.

Last, but not least, the camera. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini packs an eight-megapixel main camera while the HTC One Mini is rumored to have the same four-megapixel “Ultrapixel” camera found on the HTC One.

As far as operating system versions are confirmed, both phones will likely hit the market with Android 4.2.2. However, there’s the eternal question of TouchWiz (and its features) versus Sense 5, expected on top of Google’s platform on the One Mini.

Which should you get?

This goes beyond Samsung or HTC brand preference or recognition. If you’re a die-hard Samsung or HTC fan, you most probably have your mind set on which one of these to get. However, if you’re still considering both, read on!

Samsung Galaxy S 4 miniGiven that HTC won’t severely under-power the One Mini with a slow processor, the Taiwanese device has better overall specs. Even if the processors will be at a tie, there’s a higher resolution screen, more RAM, and more internal storage. But the Galaxy S 4 mini features a Super AMOLED screen, which produces more vibrant colors and deeper blacks, though, with poorer outdoor visibility. The Galaxy S 4 also has a microSD card slot for expanding the built-in storage, something not yet confirmed for the HTC One Mini.

When it comes to cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini will deliver larger images, but that doesn’t mean better ones. The bigger brother, the S 4, has an overall better camera than the HTC One. If HTC brings the exact same camera to the One Mini (probably with some additional tweaks), it might top the S 4 mini’s eight-megapixel camera, probably relying on the S III’s and Note II’s sensor and optics.

Sense 5 is a newer concept than Samsung’s latest TouchWiz UI. It also brings a new, flat, fresh user experience, and the camera and gallery features will really let you unleash your creativity.


So, as things are currently standing, we’d wait for the HTC One Mini, because of the better overall (rumored) specs, Ultrapixel camera, BoomSound, and Sense 5. This, of course, if the price is right, and the processor is competitive.

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