The HTC One was one of my favorite pieces of hardware from 2013. It was the first time we had really seen a company succeed at producing an Android smartphone with a premium look and feel that rivaled Apple’s iPhone. In 2014, HTC is releasing the all new One, or HTC One M8. The evolution of this flagship takes many forms. There’s more aluminum than the original model; the display size has been bumped to 5-inches; the Ultrapixel camera is now the new Duo Camera array; there’s a faster Snapdragon 801 SoC inside; there’s a refined Sense 6.0 UI atop Android 4.4; and much more.
In the world smartphones there are typically two choices to go with: large-screened handsets with top-end specifications, and smaller devices with mid-range internals. Recently we've seen some large devices with low-end specs like the Samsung Galaxy Mega or Nokia Lumia 1320, but the opposite has been negleted.
Sony has an answer in the form of the Xperia Z1 Compact, a no-compromise, ultra-portable handset for those that don’t want to carry around something with a 5-inch display. Nearly everything about this smartphone is the same as its large-screened brother, the Xperia Z1, including a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC and 20.7-megapixel rear camera.