Galaxy S5 Mini, HTC One Mini 2 Chase Lower End Smartphone Market

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-07-02 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Samsung, HTC, LG and other Android mobile device makers keep introducing a dizzying array of new smartphone models in a relentless effort to build market share at the expense of their competitors. It's clear that Samsung has done the best job of separating itself from the Android pack, considering that the company and Apple's iOS-based iPhone combine to produce more than 100 percent of the smartphone market's profits. Their results exceed 100 percent because some companies actually lose money selling mobile devices. As of late, however, HTC has put a fresh and innovative foot forward to try to change its persistently poor luck in the mobile market. The company's flagship HTC One M8 has received rave reviews around the Web for its dual camera and beautiful design. Recently, HTC unveiled the HTC One Mini 2, a device that looks similar to its big brother but comes at a lower price. Samsung responded with a trimmer device of its own, called the Galaxy S5 Mini. That smartphone is designed specifically to take on the HTC One Mini 2. Both companies' mini models are vying for the lower end of the smartphone market. This eWEEK slide show provides information on both devices to help potential buyers decide which one to choose.

 
 
 
  • Galaxy S5 Mini, HTC One Mini 2 Chase Lower End Smartphone Market

    By Don Reisinger
    Galaxy S5 Mini, HTC One Mini 2 Chase Lower End Smartphone Market
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: A High-Quality, 4.5-Inch Screen

    The Galaxy S5 Mini's name might suggest it's small, but its screen tells a different story. The device comes with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display that has a 1,280-by-720-pixel resolution. Although the device is designed to be for the lower end of the market, the Galaxy S5 Mini actually has a bigger display than Apple's flagship iPhone 5S, which features a 4-inch screen.
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: A High-Quality, 4.5-Inch Screen
  • HTC One Mini 2: A High-Quality, 4.5-Inch Screen

    Considering the devices are competing, it's no surprise that the HTC One Mini 2 has a screen that rivals Samsung's model. The One Mini 2 also has a 4.5-inch screen with a 1,280-by-720-pixel resolution. However, unlike the Galaxy's Super AMOLED technology, the One Mini 2 comes with Super LCD2. In other words, they both sport some nice screens.
    HTC One Mini 2: A High-Quality, 4.5-Inch Screen
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Serious Power for a Lower-End Device

    The Galaxy S5 Mini comes with a quad-core 1.4GHz processor. Although Samsung didn't say the brand of the processor, it's likely that the company itself built the chip to reduce costs. With that processor in place, the Galaxy S5 Mini will be able to handle just about every app available right now.
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Serious Power for a Lower-End Device
  • HTC One Mini 2: A Premium Look and Feel

    The One Mini 2's chief offer of value is its premium look and feel. The device comes with an aluminum finish that's either smooth in the gold version or brushed in the gray option. Either way, the device is absolutely gorgeous, and worth a second take.
    HTC One Mini 2: A Premium Look and Feel
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Google's Android 4.4 (KitKat) Built In

    Samsung has bundled the standard build of Android 4.4 (KitKat) into the Galaxy S5 Mini. That means that customers who are used to Google's operating system on other devices will feel at home on the Galaxy S5 Mini. It also separates the handset from HTC's device, which runs its own software atop Android.
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Google's Android 4.4 (KitKat) Built In
  • HTC One Mini 2: HTC Sense 6 With BlinkFeed Is Included

    Speaking of that, HTC has decided that in addition to Android, it will run its own Sense 6 operating system atop the software in the One Mini 2. Sense 6 runs over Android and includes HTC apps, an HTC-designed experience and a feature called BlinkFeed that makes it easy to keep relevant information in front of the user. It's a nice platform.
    HTC One Mini 2: HTC Sense 6 With BlinkFeed Is Included
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Lower-Resolution Cameras on Both Ends

    Samsung made the decision to go easy on the camera side. The Galaxy S5 Mini's rear-facing camera comes with an 8-megapixel shooter, while the front-facing option is 2.1 megapixels. That's not bad for a lower-end smartphone designed initially for emerging markets.
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Lower-Resolution Cameras on Both Ends
  • HTC One Mini 2: Higher-Resolution Cameras on Both Ends

    HTC's One Mini 2 is the winner when it comes to cameras. The device has a 13-megapixel camera on the back, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera designed with "selfies" in mind. It's nice to see HTC go the extra mile with its cameras in the One Mini 2.
    HTC One Mini 2: Higher-Resolution Cameras on Both Ends
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Boatloads of Extras for Owners

    The Galaxy S5 Mini doesn't skimp when it comes to extra features. The device might be on the lower end, but it still supports a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint reader. The device is also IP67 dust- and water-resistant. In other words, its feature set goes above and beyond the expected. And that's nice to see.
    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini: Boatloads of Extras for Owners
  • HTC One Mini 2: A Surprisingly One M8-Like Device

    Looking at the HTC One Mini 2, there aren't many differences between that device and the flagship One M8. The design is about the same and, save for a few camera features, most folks won't notice much difference in the experience. HTC has come a long way in designing a product that really appeals to budget-conscious shoppers. And the best part is, it didn't have to compromise too heavily on giving customers what they want.
    HTC One Mini 2: A Surprisingly One M8-Like Device
 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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