New Delhi: Releasing a mini version of a flagship phone is the latest trend among smartphone makers and to a large extent it is a good practice as it offers the consumers to purchase the next best thing to a flagship. Companies like HTC, Sony, and Samsung has have been making efforts at distilling their already successful products into smaller, cheaper, and typically less powerful forms, attempting to deliver a compromise-free flagship experience in a more pocket-friendly size.
Sony's latest smartphone, the Xperia Z1 Compact, is an avid example of this trend. The device has nearly everything as its large-screened brother, the Xperia Z1. There's a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC inside, a 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and a fully water resistant aluminium-glass build – but it's all in a body barely larger than its 4.3-inch display. Sony is calling it a device with no-compromises – an ultra-portable handset for those that don't want to carry around something with a 5-inch or larger display.
Here is a comparison between three miniature devices from leading smartphone makers Sony, HTC and Samsung, to give you a good idea about who is best in the lot: