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UC Browser vs. UC Mini – How Different These Browsers Actually Are

There are lots of popular web browsers that have a mini version, including UC Browser, with its UC Mini variant. The mini version helps to save space while it is still able to deliver a good and decent performance. 

Here is a comparison between the UC Browser and UC Mini on the most important features and functions they offer.    

The App Size 

The UC Browser is 43MB in size, while its mini counterpart only occupies 9.8MB of the storage space. The installation file, however, may differ a bit, depending on the smartphone’s model. However, if you don’t have a lot of space on your device, it only makes sense that you use a mini version of a web browser. 

Forced Permissions 

When opening either UC Mini or UC Browser for the first time, it will ask for permission to access the dialer, which is rather odd. This also happens when installing Google Chrome or almost any Chromium-based browser (Google and Chrome actually request for more rather unreasonable permissions, if we are to be fair). As it is the case with any browser you install and do not want to grant the permissions, the service will not function at its best, and in some extreme cases, you won’t be able to use it at all.

UC Mini interface.


Bottom lines, you need to be careful with such apps, more so with the ones that have a record of collecting user data without consent. 


UC Browser provides users with a UC Center that acts as a home screen to many shortcuts and features such as bookmarks, downloads, themes, tools, and showcases how much data you’ve been able to save. Meanwhile, UC Mini doesn’t have the UC Center but does away with some shortcuts, including the ability to view data and share feedback.  

When opening the ‘Tools’ section, the browser launches more options. In UC Browser, you can scan QR codes, use a clipboard, take screenshots, go full-screen, and connect to Facebook. You can also add Facebook shortcuts and a toolbar to the browser. 

UC Mini has the themes and feedback options under the ‘Tools’ section and provides the UC Music function, a music player app you can use to listen to songs you stored locally. By tapping on the ‘Download’ section in the menu, there’s an option to transfer files between two devices. The only difference between the two browsers is that UC Browser boosts the transfer speeds when downloading something. 

UC Browser also packs a ‘Clean Files’ feature that has the ability to perform certain tasks, including delete junk files. It can also break down all types of files, such as APKs, videos, and images. A breakdown of duplicate items and a list of unused apps can be useful in many occasions. 

The UC Center 

As we mentioned above, UC Center is only accessible in UC Browser. This web portal runs promotions that can earn you UCoins, which can, in turn, be used to recharge your carrier plan. The more you use the browser, the more coins you get. 

UC Browser interface.

Some daily tasks include reading the news, watching videos, sharing links with other people, and so on. UC Browser seems to want to create an in-app economy system by rewarding the users for using the app; perhaps this is why the browser is so popular, after all. 

Both web browsers are almost identical in terms of page load times and data saved. Keep in mind that the data saving mode only functions when you are not connected to a Wi-Fi network. 

A Game Center 

UC Browser also has a Game Center the mini version of the browser doesn’t. The section provides users with a plethora of games including popular titles like Temple Run and Candy Crush. Game Center allows you to play these games within the browser, without requiring you to download and install them into your phone. Simply tap on the ‘Play’ button, wait for the video ad to finish, and start playing. 

UC Browser vs. UC Mini – Which One Should You Choose? 

UC Browser developers recommend users to have at least 2GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz processor in order to use it. However, if you own a smartphone that has less space, you are better off with UC Mini. The smaller version offers many of the features you get in UC Browser, so you can enjoy your browsing experience with a browser that can actually manage to run smoothly and offers great performance even on low-memory mobile devices.


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