Xperia Z1 Compact holds its own against the Galaxy S5 mini

by XB on 1st July 2014

in Xperia Z1

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Black_9Samsung launched the Galaxy S5 mini smartphone earlier today. The launch of a ‘mini’ version of the company’s flagship has become a staple in the calendar release schedule for Samsung. However, whereas Sony carefully chose the ‘Compact’ moniker to define a smaller flagship handset, Samsung’s S5 mini doesn’t share the same specs as its bigger brother the Galaxy S5.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 mini has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED 720p display and is armed with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM and 16GB internal storage with microSD memory card. It also includes an 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, a heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner.

One of the most interesting features of the Galaxy S5 mini is IP67 certification for water and dust resistance. However, Samsung has found a way to leave the micro USB port open i.e. there is no flap covering the micro USB socket. We don’t know how this works in practice, especially in terms of what happens if you have to charge the phone after it has been soaked.

Compared to the Galaxy S5 mini, the Xperia Z1 Compact holds up very well. Specs wise, the Xperia Z1 Compact has a faster chipset, more RAM, better optics and a higher capacity battery. However the Galaxy S5 mini has a slightly larger display in a broadly similar chassis size. The Galaxy S5 mini also includes an IR port, which is absent on the Xperia Z1 Compact. We have compared the specifications of each handset below, so you can see which handset suits you best.

Specs compared: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact versus Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

PhoneXperia Z1 CompactGalaxy S5 mini
Display size (inches)4.3 IPS4.5 Super AMOLED
Screen Resolution720 x 1280720 x 1280
ConstructionGlass with metal framePlastic
Water ResistantYes (IP55/IP58)Yes (IP67)
Infrared (IR Remote)NoYes
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974Exynos 3470 SoC & Intel XMM7160 modem
Processor2.2GHz Quad-core1.4GHz Quad-core
GPUAdreno 330Quad core Mali-400MP4 clocked at 450 MHz
Android version4.
Expandable storageYesYes
Size (mm)127 x 64.9 x 9.5131.1 x 64.8 x 9.1
Weight (g)137120
SIMmicro SIMmicro SIM
ColoursBlack, White, Pink, LimeCharcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue, Copper Gold
Rear Camera sensor20.7MP Exmor RS (1/2.3-inch)8.0 MP
LED FlashYesYes
Video Recording1080p Full HD1080p Full HD @ 30fps
Front camera sensor2 MP2.1MP
Dedicated camera buttonYesNo
Camera features:G Lens (F2.0); BIONZ mobile image-processing engine; Camera appsShot & More, Virtual Tour Shot, S Studio
Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n/acWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.0 (aptX)Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Other featuresBattery STAMINA ModeUltra Power Saving mode, S Health, Private Mode/Kids Mode
Battery capacity (min)23002100
Sealed BatteryYesNo
NFCYesYes (LTE version only)
Proximity sensorYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYes
Heart rate sensor-Yes

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini press pics

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SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Blue_2

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Gold_2

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