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_Black_7

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Black_9

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Black_10

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Black_11

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Blue_2

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_Gold_2

SM-G800H_GS5 mini_White_2

  • Hassandroid

    nothing comes close to Xperia Z1 Compact! its a beast, a little beast.

  • Drosoulitis71

    No comparison.Z1 compact kills s5 mini in all aspects…..

  • Vinayak Mehra

    100% agree

  • Marco Rocha

    I own a Z1 compact and I have to say that it offers a lot more than I thought, it is tiny, extremely powerful, water resistant, amazing camera, good screen and it is very beautiful. I never thought that I’ll fall in love with the Z1c but I did xD.

  • JohnBRobinson

    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.

  • Alfino Setya

    Xperia Z1 Compact, The King of Mini Smartphone!!! Unbeatable Xperia Z1 Compact, GS5 Mini is nothing in front of Z1 Compact!!! Sony FTW!!! ;-)

  • cs098

    Hold’s it’s own? You mean being it absolutely destroying the gs5 mini?

    Can’t wait for the next version.

  • Batuhan Süersan

    Hi Guys,

    About new Time Lapse app on Xperia Devices


    It’s in Turkish yes but you can find Play Store link and download it from there.

  • Batuhan Süersan

    Hi Guys,

    About new Time Lapse app on Xperia Devices

    It’s in Turkish yes but you can find Play Store link and download it from there.

  • sonyguest

    Z1 compact is going to make S5 mini sweat for the best small sized flagship , wonder what will happen to the mini when sony releases the Z2 compact

  • Damon Adrian

    hi i’m 15 i’m thinking of buying z1c. will it last me up to 2017?

  • Xperia V User

    Waiting for Xperia Z2 Compact with 4.5 inch display :)

  • Only if the Z1C came with US LTE bands, I would so own that phone. I’m not sure I would want to go back to HSPA+ speeds all the time.

  • Pineda R.

    could you give me a download link of the apk?

  • Tech Gospel

    Afaik, the z1c and z1 do come with US LTE bands. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Riyal

    There’s no Z2 Compact only Z3 Compact that’s to be announced this coming IFA 2014 with the Xperia Z3.

  • jackfrost

    I see now. ‘compact’ is superior to ‘mini’. Obviously we know who wins :)

  • Eduardo Otero

    Yes it works on LTE BC4 1700/2100 Mhz

  • Sadman Khan

    Let’s face it. Z1 Compact is FAR better than the other minis. It just needs some marketting. In fact, Sony could have turned things around with just this phone. Too bad they don’t realise how vital this phone can be for their business. For most people it is the perfect size and it is capable of converting the iPhone users as well.

  • Sadman Khan

    Depends on your requirements really. If you just need a phone that operates fast and performs all functions, yep definitely. But don’t expect to run HD games from 2016 :P

  • Eduardo Otero

    Even if you buy an Z2, S5 or One M8, it hardly last that much

  • Eduardo Otero

    Totally agree, sometimes I belive there is a Samsung fan on Sony’s office

  • Batuhan Süersan
  • Harkamal Singh

    S5 mini, what a Joke Infront of Z1C.. Lol

  • jag

    now i know why Z1 compact had the 4.4.4 version first. because a lot of people bought it. maybe. hehe

  • Pineda R.

    now it works. thx

  • walker

    pfftttt not comparable ,Z1c kil all aspect s5 mini has

  • Tech Gospel

    Those are seriously lame specs. I’d rather get a moto g.

  • der

    it’s not tiny – it has tiny screen, and the camera is dissapointing

  • Samsung plastic shit :D

  • Rob

    It’s going to be funny when Z3 Compact shows up (hopefully soon). Considering that the current version beats the living crap out of the S5 mini, I assume the new one will obliterate it :P

  • sidewinder_x5

    for sure the Z1C is way better, but when is sony going to release the successor the the SP? i’m sick of my lumia 620 and the Z1C is just too expensive right now. the M2 doesnt fit the bill.

  • ???? ??. ????? ?????.

    No way Samsung… Z1 Compact is unbeatable, your phone is nothing in front of Z1 Compact.
    I Wonder what will happen to the Samsung mini/s when Sony releases the another flagship Z2/3 Compact.
    Z2/3 Compact is going to make Samsung sweat…

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