Samung launches the Galaxy S4 Mini

Alex Walls
May 30, 2013

Samsung will release the Galaxy S4 Mini, the slim down version of its flagship, the S4.

The company said it hoped to build on the success of the Galaxy S4, which recently passed the 10 million sales mark in less than a month since its launch in April.

You might have picked the Mini’s release, with rumours swirling about not only a mini S4, but a rugged version and a ‘Zoom’ version, featuring a 16MP camera and optical zoom.

At any rate, the Mini’s been confirmed, available in white and black.

A 4G LTE version, a 3G version and a 3G dual SIM version would be offered, with details of availability of all three and shipping dates to be announced, although media would be allowed a hands-on demo with the Mini at the Galaxy & ATIV premiere on June 20, Samsung said.

The breakdown

The Mini would measure in at 124.6 by 61.3 mm and 8.94mm thick with a 4.3 inch screen, weighing 107g.  Compare this with the S4’s 136.6 by 69.8mm and 7.9mm thick, weighing in at 130g with a five inch screen, the Mini is actually slightly thicker than the S4 but much lighter.

The Mini will run with a 1.7 GHz dual core processor with 1.5GB RAM and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, compared with the S4’s Snapdragon 1.9GHz quad core processor with 2GB RAM, also running Android 4.2.2 – so the Mini packs less of a punch than its elder sibling, to be expected.  Whether the dual core processor can perform well enough will be another question.

The Mini sports an 8MP rear facing camera and 1.9MP front facing camera with a few of Samsung’s photo extras such as Sound & Shot.

It will have 8GB internal memory, which seems fairly low even for a mini version, but with a microSD slot allowing up to 64GB of storage.

It will feature a 1900mAh, significantly less than the S4’s 2600mAh, which again, is to be expected in a Mini version of a flagship.

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