HTC One Mini vs Galaxy S4 Mini vs iPhone 5 and Verizon Droid RAZR M
Is there a market for smaller phones? Or, phones with smaller touchscreen display?
JULY 21, 2013, 4:43 PM. Article by Carlo Raphael Diokno.
Based on Apple’s iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 sales performance, it looks like some customers aren’t ready to text or type messages using two hands, yet. Who doesn’t want a device that you can use with one hand or one thumb? Taiwan-based phone maker HTC believes that its award-winning design, if shrunk, is more capable to lure customers.
HTC has been using the “no compromise” phrase, but evidently, it removed some of the HTC One features and tapped on a smaller display with fewer pixels to make the HTC One Mini. In HTC’s defense, its take on shrinking a flagship phone is much better compared to Samsung’s plasticky Android lineup. Samsung Electronics, the Korean based smartphone leader, has decided to re-create its Samsung Galaxy S4 and launched the Galaxy S4 Mini. And because the original S4 is made entirely out of plastic, its Mini-me is made of plastic too. However, Samsung used a display with fewer pixels per inch and minimized the internal storage down to 8GB with 5GB of remaining available storage. It also removed some of the software-based features.
Unlike the GS4 Mini, the One Mini offers a 4.3-inch 720p display, that’s more pixels per inch giving users a better display while watching videos and reading articles on the web. Plus, HTC Mini phone retained the original One’s BoomSound dual-front speakers, the 4-ultrapixel camera less the optical image stabilization feature, the IR blaster for the HTC TV software and the super premium aluminum back plate, but replaced the phone’s bezel with polycarbonate glossy plastic — but still of better quality than the GS4 Mini’s cheap plastic feel. Keep in mind that the internal storage of the HTC One is just 16GB.
Apparently, the HTC One Mini would be a better choice than the GS4 Mini, in case you don’t care about removable battery and additional storage support via SD card slot. Price wise, according to HTC, the Mini would be two points below the One with $599 official price tag unlocked. If accurate, the One Mini could fall under $399 to $459 price point, that’s a better deal than the retail price of the S4 Mini that currently sits above $450 to $500.
In United States where unlocked phones are still not that popular, HTC One Mini could face a stream of rivals, of course there’s the Apple iPhone 5 with 4-inch display and iOS mobile operating system. The iPhone 5 is priced $649 for the 16GB storage, but on-contract, it’s only on $199.99 price point or $149.99 for T-Mobile’s installment plan. Apple is also selling its cheaper iPhones, the iPhone 4S and the iPhone 4. On the company’s official online store, the iPhone 4S is priced $549 while the single-core powered iPhone 4 with 3.5-inch Retina display and 8GB of on-board storage costs $450.
Verizon Wireless is also selling an HTC One Mini-like device launched last year by Motorola Mobility, the Droid RAZR M with Verizon 4G LTE. The older handset is just $49.99 on-contract, though the handset’s specs is so-2012.
Rumor has it that the One Mini will join the AT&T network and will get the subsidy advantage. No word yet for the HTC One Mini on Verizon, but the carrier is expected to unveil the original HTC One Verizon model starting on August 1.
The HTC One Mini could be the best “mid-range” Android smartphone in the market this year. The handset will arrive in the United Kingdom and other unlocked phone players beginning next month. No word yet for the US launch date. The unlocked One Mini can run on AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks, according to the official specs sheet from HTC.com.
Update: The HTC One Mini will launch on August 9 in the United Kingdom for $580 SIM-free, that’s $10 cheaper than the full retail price of the Google Play Edition HTC One handset, Phone Arena reports.
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