The small world of mini flagship phones (pictures)
It's not uncommon for mobile manufacturers to release scaled-down versions of their popular marquee handsets. But don't be fooled -- though these mini flagships be but little, they are fierce.
Junior-sized marquee handsets
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 are scaled down both in
size and 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.
With its 4.6-inch display, the Xperia Z3 Compact has a larger screen than its mini predecessor, the Xperia Z1 Compact, but remains smaller than its flagship counterpart. The device is also waterproof so you can take photos underwater, runs the latest version of the Android OS (Android 4.4.4 KitKat), and has a Snapdragon 801 processor.
Also known as the G3 Beat in Asia, the G3 S is the little brother of the LG G3.
Though it retains the laser-guided camera and curved metallic
aesthetic, the S has 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.
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 HTC flagship One M8. Though it comes in at a more pocketable 4.5 inches, it doesn't skimp on looks. The device flaunts a stylish, aluminum aesthetic and curved backing. It also has a 1.2GHz processor and a 720p display.
Samsung released its followup S4 Mini (left) variant late in 2013. Though it has less internal memory and an 8-megapixel camera (the Galaxy S4 has a 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 runs Android 4.2.2 and flaunts respectable hardware regardless, including a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU and a 4-UltraPixel camera.