HTC’s latest, the HTC One Mini is here to battle the other “mini” devices, fighting for the crown with the Samsung Galaxy S IV Mini and Motorola’s Droid Mini on Verizon. The One Mini is the tallest of the trio, but that’s only because of the dual front speakers which will five you much better sound the other two.
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Here we have the press shot for AT&T’s version of the phone, which is the same as every other press shot with just a few modifications. The stories found on BlinkFeed are different and the weather’s location has been changed from London to Atlanta but the date remains on July 23rd. Obviously, the top left logo has been changed to AT&T and on the back, the Beats Audio logo is not red anymore, this time is gray, blending in much better with the back of the device in the same way the HTC logo does. Finally, the AT&T logo is using just the globe, without the “AT&T” wording next or below it. Overall, it’s pretty nicely designed, the logos don’t stand out at all like other devices (I’m looking at you Verizon Galaxy Note II). In fact, the worst offender here is HTC’s logo on the front, being way too big and right between the Home and Back buttons, if HTC would have skipped that logo, it would be almost perfect.
As a comparison, the HTC One Mini has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.4GHz and the Galaxy S IV Mini has the same processor but clocked at 1.7 GHz while the Droid Mini has Motorola’s X8, which is a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.7GHz with a quad-core GPU, a low-power processor and an extra processor for speech recognition. In the RAM department, all three companies have opted for different sizes, HTC has just 1GB while Samsung went for the strange number of 1.5 GB while Motorola rules with a whole 2GB of RAM.
The screens are pretty similar with 4.3 inches but Samsung failed to give a 720p to the Galaxy S4 Mini that the other two devices have. The camera comparison is a bit tougher with all 3 devices having very different cameras: the HTC One Mini has the same 4 megapixel than its big brother but without Optical Image Stabilization, the Galaxy S IV Mini has an 8 megapixel shooter while the Droid Mini has a 10 megapixel ClearPixel camera. We won’t be able to compare them until all 3 devices are in the market and in the hands of people to see real world performance.
As for the skin, the Droid Mini is near stock with a few extra really cool additions like the Active Display, the Quick Camera gestures and Touchless Control. HTC and Samsung phones have the same as their bigger counterparts with Sense 5 and TouchWiz respectively.
Just by the numbers, Motorola’s Droid Mini appears to be the best of the bunch, with more RAM, better processor and more megapixels in a camera with new technology that should be better than the others. Altough HTC’s One Mini has great materials with the unibody aluminum body and stereo front speakers. The LCD screen should be better than the super AMOLED on Motorola’s. Honestly, the only loser here is Samsung’s Galaxy S IV Mini but that’s only on a technical point of view.
We’ll see who ends up the winner, with Motorola being exclusively on Verizon and Samsung having so much marketing power, the actual phone comparison gives us nothing in terms of which might sell more.