Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini vs. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact - Specifications Faceoff

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact has been one of the most successful Android handsets in the market released in January 2014. Galaxy S5 Mini is the new compact smartphone from Samsung that has garnered quite a lot of attention across the blogosphere.

Recently, the leaked data pertaining to the much-awaited Galaxy S5 Mini confirmed many of the expected specifications. Here are specification comparisons between Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini to help readers make informed choices:

Display, Size And Exterior

Xperia Z1 Compact features 4.3-inch IPS LCD display while Galaxy S5 Mini is set to come with a slightly bigger screen size of 4.5-inch. The screen resolution of both phones confirm to 720 x 1,280 pixels. Also, Xperia Z1 Compact packs a pixel density of 342 ppi, which helps in getting the razor sharp and incredibly bright pictures on the screen. Galaxy S5 Mini is expected to come with a pixel density of 326 ppi. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is made of premium materials and clean lines. The handset is IP58-certified that translates to having waterproof and dust-resistant body.

According to GSMArena, Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is expected to come with the same design as the bigger Galaxy S5. The same dotted or dimpled plastic rear design can be seen in the mini version. Similar to Xperia Z1 Compact, Galaxy S5 Mini will come with water- and dust-proof exterior. Both the phones fit perfectly in the palm owing to the small screen size.

Hardware And Software

Xperia Z1 Compact is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz, which features 2 GB RAM. Galaxy S5 Mini is powered by a quad-core (Exynos 3 Quad chipset) Cortex-A7 processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz. Also, the handset houses 1.5 GB RAM. Xperia Z1 Compact runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean (upgradable to higher versions), whereas Galaxy S5 Mini will be running on Android v4.4.2 KitKat with TouchWiz UI on top of it.

Memory And Camera

Both phones house 16 GB of internal storage. Also, both handsets support microSD card for memory expansion up to 64 GB. Xperia Z1 Compact sports a whopping 20.7 MP primary camera with LED flash, whereas Galaxy S5 Mini houses a relatively inferior 8 MP primary camera unit with LED flash. Xperia Z1 Compact and Galaxy S5 Mini house 2 MP and 2.1 MP secondary camera units, respectively.


Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will feature a good 2100 mAh user-replaceable battery unit, whereas Xperia Z1 Compact houses a relatively better 2300 mAh user-replaceable battery unit. Xperia Z1 Compact can provide up to 18 hours of 3G talk-time and 670 hours of 3G stand-by time. The battery life of the upcoming S5 Mini will be analyzed once the phone is launched.


Galaxy S5 Mini can be expected in white and blue shades while Xperia Z1 Compact comes in four shades: white, black, pink and lime green. But not all colors are widely available.


The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini will house fingerprint scanner and heart-rate monitor. Galaxy S5 Mini will also sport ultrapower saving mode, kids mode, private mode and knox. Also, both Galaxy S5 Mini and Xperia Z1 Compact support NFC.


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is priced at AU$489.95 where the price range for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is not known at this point.

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