Editors' Note: This piece was originally published on May 22, 2014, and is continuously updated.
While manufacturers find great success and popularity with their annually refreshed
marquee handsets, it doesn't stop them from releasing smaller versions
of their flagships. These "mini" variants aren't only scaled down in
size, but also in specs. However, what these handsets lose in power,
they usually make up for with a lower, more affordable price. Pictured above are the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (left) and the HTC One Mini.
Also known as the G3 Beat in Asia, the G3 S (left) is the little brother of the LG G3. Though it still retains the laser-guided camera and curved metallic aesthetic, the S comes with a more manageable 5-inch display. Unfortunately, you won't be getting that crisp 1,440p resolution. Instead, the G3 S has a rather conservative 720p resolution.
Launched in July in Russia, the S5 Mini is Samsung's third mini handset. Coming in an assortment of colors including blue and gold, the S5 Mini is powered by a Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU, and runs Android 4.4. KitKat. Though pricing is still unknown, it'll surely pique the interest of those who want a GS5 at a cheaper price.
Released globally under the moniker One Mini 2, the HTC One Remix is a US and Verizon-exclusive model of the flagship One M8. Though it comes in at a more pocketable 4.5 inches, it doesn't skimp out on looks. The device flaunts a stylish, aluminum aesthetic and curved backing. It also has a 1.2GHz processor and a 720p display.
Varying from the usual "mini" namesake, the Xperia Z1 Compact still embodies the same idea. In addition to packing a fast quad-core processor, it comes in a variety of colors and features a waterproof design.
Samsung released its followup S4 Mini (left) variant late last year. Though it has less internal memory and an 8-megapixel camera (compared to the Galaxy S4's 13-megapixel one), it's still a capable midtier device.
The One Mini (left) may not have the same all-metal design as the original One, but this 4G LTE handset flaunts respectable hardware regardless, including a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, Android 4.2.2, and a 4-UltraPixel camera.