With the HTC One M8 finally official, all eyes are turning to HTC’s next smartphone release in the shape of the HTC One M8 Mini.
Last year’s One Mini followed just five months after the launch of its big brother, the HTC One. So can we expect a HTC One M8 Mini to hit our shelves this quarter? And if so, will it compete with all the other ‘mini’ smartphones on the market?
Here we take a look at the rumoured HTC One M8 Mini vs Sony Xperia Z2 Compact…
Sony vs HTC design
First off, it’s easy to see that both ‘mini’ smartphones will look premium. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is set to have the same tempered glass design as its bigger brothers, which will make it look, and feel, like a top quality device.
But if the rumours are true, the HTC One M8 Mini won’t disappoint either, with an aluminium shell made up of 90% premium metal making it an equally impressive-looking smartphone.
Smaller screen…smaller specs?
The one main standout selling point of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the fact that its specs and features have not been comprised when squeezing the smartphone down to a smaller body.
In this vein, we can assume that the Z2 Compact will be identical to the Xperia Z2, but with a slightly smaller display. If this is the case, the device could sport a mighty quad-core 2.3GHz processor with Snapdragon 801 chipset and 3GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful ‘mini’ smartphones around.
So will the HTC One M8 Mini be able to compete? Typically miniature versions of flagship smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or HTC One Mini, feature smaller processors, cameras and memory. But with the Z2 Compact potentially upping the ante, will we see a replica of the HTC One M8 hitting our shelves this summer?
The HTC One M8 has really wowed the crowds with its specs, boasting an 801 Snapdragon chip teamed with a quad-core 2.3GHz processor. On top of that, the device sports 2GB of RAM and a 16/32GB internal storage capability. But unless all of this is translated into the HTC One M8 Mini, it could make it difficult to compete with the Z2 Compact under the hood.
So far the HTC One M8 rumours hint that the device will have a 4.5-inch display with a quad-core 1.4GHz processor. Although this is perhaps inferior to the Z1 Compact’s specs, it would be a huge improvement on the HTC One Mini’s dual-core processor, making the device as attractive an offer as ever.
One M8 Mini vs Xperia Z2 Compact: Features
So, the HTC One M8 Mini’s specs might not be as impressive as those of the rumoured Z2 Compact, but could HTC’s mini device wow us in other areas?
BoomSound speakers vs Sony Music
One of the best features on HTC smartphones has got to be their dedicated music apps and built-in speakers. The HTC One was the first device to sport dual frontal speakers, amplifying your tunes to guarantee amazing audio quality every time.
And now, with the HTC One M8 offering speakers that make your music 25% louder than its predecessor, there’s no reason why HTC would leave them out of the One M8 Mini’s design.
But how will this compare to Sony’s range of music features on the Xperia Z2 Compact? Rumoured Xperia Z2 Compact features are yet to emerge, but if its predecessor is anything to go by then we are in for a treat as far as music is concerned.
First of all, the Z2 Compact will undoubtedly sport Sony’s Walkman app, allowing you to access all your tunes from one central app. This enables you to discover new music, as well as listen to your old time favourites both online and offline. Add this to the Xperia Z2’s new ‘What’s New?’ feature, and you could open the door to a whole new catalogue of artists and tracks which match your personal taste in music.
Megapixels vs UltraPixels
Last but not least is the One M8 Mini vs Xperia Z2 Compact camera battle.
The Xperia Z2 will no doubt boast the same 20.7MP rear-facing camera as the Z2, offering the best camera seen on a ‘mini’ smartphone to date.
At the other end of the scale, however, sits the HTC One M8 Mini, which is rumoured to sport the same 4MP lens as its predecessors. It’s not as bad as it sounds though, as HTC’s UltraPixel technology actually generates spectacular photos which can beat the likes of Apple and Samsung hands down.
Add that to a rumoured 5MP front facing camera, and the HTC One M8 Mini could be a smartphone camera to be reckoned with.
While the Xperia Z2 Compact, if the Z2 is anything to go by, will offer a range of really cool editing features, such as Background Defocus, Timeshift Video and the fun AR Effect, the mini HTC smartphone is set to feature HTC’s infamous Zoe technology.
HTC Zoe allows you to capture the moment with short bursts of video which sit in your gallery alongside your still shots. Your HTC smartphone will also gather all of your best moments by generating an automatic Highlights video compilation without you having to lift a finger, which is a nice touch.
Rumour has it that the HTC One M8 Mini might even boast the same dual camera technology as the One M8. Find out more about why the HTC One M8 has a dual camera here.
Mini phone comparison
So there we have it: a comparison of the HTC One M8 Mini vs Sony Xperia Z2 Compact. Both smartphones are rumoured to hit our shelves in May- June time this year, priced at a slice of their flagship counterparts.
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