There’s been a bit of a culture shift over the past few years on the smartphone market, with smartphones verging away from smaller screens and opting for much bigger displays instead.
But with this influx of larger devices, it seems that the small screen market is still standing strong, with plenty of handsets keeping things small and finding success in doing so.
The HTC One Mini 2 is one such example, but when it goes up against the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, will it be able to compete for much longer?
Dictating just how well any smartphone performs, big or small, are the specs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a great looking device, if it doesn’t perform under the hood it’s going to find its way into the back of a drawer sooner rather than later.
The HTC One Mini 2 certainly won’t be languishing in your bottom drawer though with its spec sheet; starting off with its 4.5” Super LCD2 720p display, which makes viewing the handset a pleasure.
Packing in 16GB expandable storage, 1GB RAM and a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset, the HTC One Mini 2 offers up power and speed across the board, making it one of the best smartphones in the business for its size.
The Xperia Z3 Compact though packs a surprising punch itself, boasting an outstanding 4.6” TRILUMINOS 720p display, alongside 16GB expandable memory and 2GB RAM.
It doesn’t stop there on the Sony handset either, which outguns the HTC handset with a superb quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, making for flagship style speed in a smaller handset.
Overall, it’s pretty easy to pick a winner between the two handsets on this front, with the Xperia packing fresher and more powerful components under the hood.
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Photography is no longer a tiny feature on our smartphones we rarely use; in fact, it’s quickly become one of the most used features of any smartphone with the likes of Instagram and Snapchat dominating download charts.
The HTC One Mini 2 handles all of your picture taking needs simply and easily with its rear mounted 13 megapixel lens, but it’s on its front side where the magic happens.
Sporting a 5mp lens on the front side of the handset, the HTC One Mini 2 is geared perfectly for taking selfies, something which is a definite selling point considering the current obsession with Snapchat and other similar apps.
The Xperia Z3 Compact goes another way though, packing the same 20.7 megapixel rear mounted lens seen on the previous Z1 Compact, and it’s as good as ever.
Offering up brilliant quality as well as a tonne of camera friendly apps, you won’t be caught out when taking a snap on the Xperia Z3 Compact to say the least.
On the front we see a pretty standard 2.2 megapixel effort make the cut on the Sony handset, which obviously doesn’t match up too favourably with the HTC One Mini 2.
Simply put, if you favour selfies over standard pictures, the HTC could suit you better, but if you prefer a more powerful main lens, the Sony should be right down your alley.
If you care a bit more about how your smartphone looks compared to how it actually behaves, then design will be the most important feature for you to consider.
The HTC One Mini 2 takes off its bigger brother, the HTC One M8 in terms of design, sporting the same brushed metal build style.
Not only does it give the handset a brilliant premium feel, but it also protects it pretty well from all those bumps and scraped you see permanently sour some other smartphone designs.
Sony though has stuck with the now classic Xperia design seen on the likes of the Z1 and Z2, boasting a glass panel design with a metal trim.
This gives the Z3 Compact a stunning sleek and slim style, whilst also keeping it protected from the elements, being waterproof and dustproof to certain levels.
Overall it’s tough to split these two on a design basis, with each handset boasting particular merits over one another, so we’ll leave this decision down to you.
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If you’re after a miniature phone capable of handling flagship tasks, both of these handsets could well be used without a hitch.
But, when it comes down to choosing a winner things become clearer; whilst the HTC handset is certainly a good piece of kit, the Z3 Compact blows it out of the water with its specs.
If you’re desperate for a phone to take hundreds of selfies with, the the HTC could suit you down to the ground, but otherwise, it looks like the Xperia would be a better option.
Written by Luke Hatfield