The evolution from Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Parallel to the fashion for big screens, manufacturers began to offer interesting options for the users who are betting on the functionality that offers a compact phone. Samsung was one of the first brands to offer a compact and cheaper version of its flagship and you go for the second edition in this line. Of course I talk about the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, a model with 4.3-inch screen that promises the same experience using its older brother, but with a little cut benefits.

Sony has taken a while to join this trend and recently launched the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, but in this case the concept is somewhat different. What has made the Japanese brand is to create a copy of its flagship in a smaller chassis. I.e. they have not lowered the level in specification techniques, but have only committed to offering the same in one size fits most compact, very interesting for those looking for a top of the range, though not as attractive from the point of view of price.

Despite the differences in their conception, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Sony Xperia Z1 Compact can be framed in the same category, which we named as high functional range. We do a comparison to see all the details.

It seems that 4.3 inches is the right size for a smartphone without sacrificing functionality keeps a satisfactory viewing experience, and it is fair to the extent that both manufacturers have chosen. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact comes forward to offer a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, so its density is higher (342 ppi) and also has improved the system TRILUMINOS and motor Xreality mobile. Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini offers an area of 960 x 540 pixels and a density of 256 ppi, but has the advantage that it is a panel Super AMOLED offers vivid and bright color.


Sony and Samsung have followed the same design of each of the models that have inspired these compact versions. Thus the Sony Compact Xperia Z1 has the classic design of Sony, consisting of a form of sharp corners rectangular surface and reflective. Its construction has been used a frame made of a single piece of aluminum that adds strength but also causes weight increase. It also has the IP55/58 certified which ensures that the case is completely liquid tight and also keeps out dust. For the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung is committed to the design of curved lines and metallic effect edge original model. Curved corners and edges improve ergonomics and plastic block with a much lighter, but not as robust.

As already mentioned, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is a replica of the top model in which specifications have not lowered, so it is not surprising that it is overwhelming victor in the camera section. The little Sony one equipped with an Exmor RS 20.7 megapixel sensor, crowned by a G lens with Aperture f/2.0 and also with BIONZ image processor. This combo ensures spacious, very sharp even in low light, automatic noise removal effect and a very fast response images. It also has auto focus with object tracking, zoom without loss of 3 increases ISO sensitivity up to 6400, so HDR for photos or videos, records FullHD video, image stabilizer, Superior Auto mode and 2-megapixel front camera. functions also has as special. Social Live, Timeshift Burst, Info-eye Effect and AR functions Regarding media, either Sony has equipped this model with features like Sony Entertainment Network, the certificate PlayStation, the app WALKMAN and sound enhancements (xLOUD; Track ID, Clear Audio + and 3D surround sound).

In the case of Samsung Galaxy Mini S4 we find one, though rather more modest full photographic unit. The sensor is 8 megapixels of resolution, has LED flash, autofocus and record video FullHD. Samsung also committed several special functions such as S ound & Shot, Night Mode, Best Face, Best Photo, HDR mode, Beauty Face and continuous shooting. How could it be otherwise integrates a front camera, specifically 1.9 megapixels. Multimedia section highlights the feature Group Play, which allows multiple users of Samsung Galaxy play the same song, watch the same video or photo and read the same document each in its terminal. It also has the function Story Album that organizes gallery photos by date and location.

The award of the power it also carries the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, and which has a quad-core chip Snapdragon 800 (2.2 GHz) and 2 GB of memory RAM. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini carries a 400 Snapdragon dual core 1.7 Ghz, which is not bad but does not reach the level of its opponent. It also has 1.5 Gb memory RAM. As for storage, again the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Lead with a background of 16 Gb, compared to 8 GB of S4 Mini.

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