Sony Xperia Z1 Compact vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – Comparing Differences

The small versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1 were first smartphones that came in the niche ‘mini’ smartphone segment.

Henceforth, it has become a common feature with other companies’ successful high-end variants. Consumers, who prefer small touchscreen in comparison to the large displays offered by flagship variants mostly, prefer these smartphones. In addition to small touchscreen, the mini versions cater the user with less memory as well. However, these disadvantages come with advantages in the form of compact version and price.

Top Reasons for Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Design and Display

The Z1 Compact comes with an IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. IPS technology is used in LCDs to overcome major limitations that occurred in TFT displays, such as, small viewing angles, low quality color and slow response time. The display comes equipped with dust and water resistant feature, up to the depth of one meter. The screen offers more pixel density of 342-ppi in comparison to the 256-ppi pixel density of the Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone. It consists of weather-sealed protection against any potential damage occurring due to bad weather. The Z1 Compact comprises of stereo speakers, which cater the user with surround sound listening experience. The dedicated camera button enables the user to take pictures with ease.


The 20.7MP primary camera of the Z1 offers superior resolution as compared to the 8MP camera of the S4 Mini smartphone. In terms of a front facing camera, the Z1 again wins the round with 2MP in comparison to the 1.9MP front facing camera of the S4 Mini smartphone. However, the difference may not be much, but the superior resolution of Z1 Compact provides the user with better picture and video quality. In addition, the Z1 Compact comprises of a two-stage shutter for superior photo clicking experience.

Processor and Battery

The smartphone is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with integrated graphics and LTE cellular chip. The Qualcomm Krait 400 processor of the Z1 Compact offers features such as Dynamic Frequency Scaling, NX bit, TrustZone, hardware-assisted Virtualization and out-of-order execution. The Z1 has a considerably quicker processor clock speed at quad core 2.2GHz in comparison to the dual core 1.7GHz running speed of the Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone. The 2GB RAM of Z1 Compact, beats the 1.5GB RAM of the S4 Mini. In terms of battery life, the Z1 Compact leads with a 2300 mAh battery unit, whereas, the S4 Mini comprises of a 1900-mAh battery unit.

Operating System

The Android version 4.4 KitKat operating system of the Z1 Compact offers the user with 4K resolution, enhanced game graphics and free development.

Top Reasons for Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Design, Dimensions and Display

The S4 Mini, when compared to Z1 Compact, in terms of design, offered the potential user with short height and less body volume. The S4 Mini measures 124.6mm in height and 68.28 cm3 body volume. In comparison, the Z1 Compact is a tad taller and has more body volume at 127mm and 77.5 cm3 respectively. The S4 Mini smartphone is also thinner and lighter than the Z1 Compact smartphone. The S4 Mini measures 8.94mm in thickness and weighs 107 grams. On the other hand, the Z1 Compact is 9.4mm thick and weighs 137 grams. The smartphone comes in multiple colors and a plethora of apps. The S4 Mini is reasonably narrower at 61.3mm to the 64.9mm width of the Z1 Compact. The S4 Mini is a pocket friendly smartphone, with easy to reach screen corners. The smartphone comes with branded damage resistant glass and a removable battery unit. The Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen offers the user with extra damage resistance and sturdiness, as compared to older glass compositions of its predecessors.

Both the devices come with similar download speeds at 50Mbit up and 100Mbit down.


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