Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 mini

30 May 2013 by
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Samsung today announced the 4.3-inch Galaxy S4 mini. A 1.7 GHz dual-core Android smartphone with a Super AMOLED display

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini announced

The Galaxy S4 mini announced by Samsung today is a smaller and less powerful version of the Galaxy S4. It has a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 is not just a powerful Galaxy S4 in a smaller package. It has a display with lower resolution, a smaller battery and a camera with fewer megapixels. The Super AMOLED display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. That gives the Galaxy S4 mini 256 pixels per inch. We would have hoped for a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels for a Galaxy S4 device, but Samsung has chosen to save a little money on the display. Galaxy S4 mini has a 8 megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera.

A 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5 GB RAM should be enough for most users. This is a mid-range model after all. It will not be able to compete with the fastest quad-core models available today, but most users which the Galaxy S4 is targeted at will probably not notice much differences between this model and a faster one. Those who know what the difference between a quad- and dual-core processor is will most likely opt for the larger Galaxy S4 model.

We are impressed by the low weight of Galaxy S4 mini. It is only 107 gram for the 4G LTE and 3G HSPA+ edition. The dual-SIM model adds one more gram. 

Like its bigger brother, the Galaxy S4 mini has several of the Samsung services installed. Shound&Shot combines still images and sound. S Travel is another feature with integrated recommendations from TripAdvisor. We will also find the other Samsung services such as Story Album, ChatOn, Samsung Hub and S Health. Using the WatchON IR remote will let users control their TV-set or DVD-player directly by aiming the Smartphone at these devices.

It is nice to see that Samsung has installed the latest version of Android on the smartphone. 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is the currently latest Android release from Google. 

Samsung Galaxy S4 highlights

  • Weight: 107 gram (Dual-SIM model: 108 gram)
  • Size: 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm
  • Networks:
    • LTE model: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA 850/900/1900/2100, 4G LTE six bands
    • 3G model: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA 850/900/1900/2100
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core processor
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • 1.5 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage. Expandable with additional 64 GB using microSD card. 
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 1.9 megapixel front camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1900 mAh battery
  • IR LED Remote Control


Galaxy S4 mini specifications 


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julias11 years ago
Not so Mini then.
Tsepz_GP11 years ago
Wow, 107g, 1.5-2GB RAM, IR Blaster , LTE, 1900mAh battery and to top it off, Android4.2.2 out-the-box while other manufacturers are still pushing out flagships on 4.1.2? Great work by Samsung and on top of that the TouchWiz features such as Multi Window Multitasking, Multi item Clipboard, Samsung Hub, Samsung Link etc... It's one hell of a package! If this had a HD720P display and Exynos 5 Dual like the Nexus10, it would've been perfect, but its a great package as is, it could be a threat to the big GS4 as the iPad Mini is to the iPad though.
I wonder if it has the same super sensitive display as GS4 and Gesture sensor? If so, it's exactly what Samsung need to combat the onslaught of mid to low end Nokia Lumias, the possible iPhone Mini and the low end Chinese phones from ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo etc...
[ This Message was edited by: Tsepz_GP on 2013-05-30 13:12 ]
Bonovox11 years ago
Hmmm,maybe,maybe not. Price wise this will be alot more expensive than Nokia mid range or lower end Lumia's. The GS3 Mini was way over priced when released
jameshopes11 years ago
Looks good!! What about the variation in the price of Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini.
Bonovox11 years ago
Look in this video is shows how big the Mega is to the Mini[....]r_embedded&v=efE2k2gGFPM#at=55
Bonovox11 years ago
lazeeboy11 years ago
Hmmm... Looks like I've finally found a replacement for my aging 3GS.
Bonovox11 years ago
You still got a 3GS??
lazeeboy11 years ago
Yup. And it still serves me well. Darn thing just won't quit working on me.
[ This Message was edited by: lazeeboy on 2013-06-05 05:08 ]
Tsepz_GP11 years ago
iPhone3GS is probably the best supported phone of all time, we've still got one in the house somewhere running iOS6.1, and it runs pretty well, does have the odd stutter and lag here and there though. I think the 3GS's road ends at 6.1.3 though, maybe it will get iOS7, MAYBE, but it has had an excellent run, I wish Apple would bring back its design though, the curved back and rounded edges make it the best iOS device in terms of ergonomics.
Supa_Fly11 years ago
Miss UK11 years ago
Lol I might get a secondhand 3GS or iPhone 4 for my HiFi once I've got my new iPhone
And sell my 4S Cos apple have changed the connectors on there new phones and lol
I read that apple will be launching a iPhone mini before there 5S interested to see if this
Is true or what
johandirano10 years, 11 months ago
The only complain I have with Samsung is it’s the same old design. I wish Samsung could come up with new design in market.
Miss UK10 years, 9 months ago
Lol Samsung have only had the 3 and 4 look the same
So far including the larger Note device
Perhaps they will do a Apple and change there design in the 3rd year
Bonovox10 years, 9 months ago
No,Samsung's designs have been same for ages now. You only gotta look at GSM Arena Samsung phones section to see that. The odd one or two have differed but not by much
Miss UK10 years, 9 months ago
Ok thanks for that Bonovox you can tell I don't follow them so
Bonovox10 years, 9 months ago
GS4 Mini is way over priced for a dual core and it's specs. Some places selling it over £400
Miss UK10 years, 8 months ago
I wouldn't bother buying it bonovox
Just get the SG4 if you really need to
Bonovox10 years, 8 months ago
I've never thought about buying the Mini
goldenface10 years, 8 months ago
Apparently this isn't selling so well. Probably because it's a dumbed down version of the S4 with poorer specs and not a shrunken S4.
The Xperia Z1 f shows how it should be done.
itsjustJOH10 years, 8 months ago
^Dumb down specs and premium price.
razec10 years, 8 months ago

On 2013-10-17 10:49:19, goldenface wrote:
Apparently this isn't selling so well. Probably because it's a dumbed down version of the S4 with poorer specs and not a shrunken S4.
The Xperia Z1 f shows how it should be done.

ZR already wiped the floor with it, Z1f is a completely different beast and I personally think it's absurd to even say Z1f is "competing" with the Samsung and HTC minis
TBH, S4 mini would fare better against the other overpriced product: 5c

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