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Samsung Announces the Galaxy S4 Mini – Dual-core Processor, 4.3-inch qHD Display, and GS4 Software Features

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was introduced this morning as the “practical” version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4. The Mini provides most of the experience one would get with the GS4, only it delivers it in a much smaller package and at what we are assuming to be a more budget-friendly price. 

On a spec front, you’ll find a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 4.3″ qHD display (not even 720p), 1.5GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 8GB internal storage, microSD card slot for expandable storage, and a 1,900mAh battery all wrapped into a package that is 8.94mm thick. It also supports global HSPA+ and LTE.

On a software front, you are looking at a similar setup to the Galaxy S4. Most of the camera suite of enhancements is there, along with S Translator, S Voice, and S Health. The press release doesn’t mention it, but I would assume this does not have any of the Air View technology since it’s a different screen tech. But overall, it’s an affordable and smaller Galaxy S4.

When the phone launches, it will be available in White Frost and Black Mist.

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Press release:

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 mini : A Powerful, Compact Smartphone

May 30, 2013

Strong performance and exceptional user experience in a sleek, highly portable device is designed to meet a variety of customers’ taste

SEOUL, Korea 17:00KST – May 30, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, a powerful yet compact version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone, GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the GALAXY S4 in a highly portable, chic and compact design, making it an ideal companion for everyday life.

“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages ,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship GALAXY S4 experience.”

With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 107g light weight and compact design, the GALAXY S4 mini is easy to carry and operate with one hand. Though compact, the GALAXY S4 mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor that allows users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks.

The GALAXY S4 mini supports many intuitive features and services provided by the GALAXY S4, designed enhance every facet of life.

  • Capture Important Moments: The GALAXY S4 mini allows users to capture important moments with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features such as Sound&Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as pictures are taken, and Panorama Shot, which allows users to photograph the full view of their surroundings, ensure no memory is lost. Receive travel assistance and information service through the preloaded S Travel application, which can also recommend future trips and provide a guide along the way. Users can also automatically arrange photos in a smart format with the Story Album function. Photos taken by GALAXY S4 mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.
  • Share and Connect:  Samsung GALAXY S4 mini allows users to share and build true connections. Users can simultaneously listen to the same music and play the games together with friends using Group Play feature, and chat with multiple friends and add animations, voice and video recordings to messages using ChatON.
  • Make Life Simple and Easy:  The GALAXYS4 mini makes international travel easy with S Translator, which provides instant text or voice translation at email, text message or ChatON. Samsung Hub provides a single entry for Samsung contents and services, making it incredibly easy and convenient to use. Users can browse through a variety of content across services including music, video, books, games and learning content as well as purchase and manage contents easily, from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an intergraded search when users browse a keyword, the results will show related content from all of the services at once.Users can also control their TVs through WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the GALAXY S4 mini into a remote to control the user’s TVs, set-top box, and DVD player. Through WatchON, The GALAXY S4 mini also offers a broad selection of entertainment content including live TV, cable TV and video on demand based on the rich information provided EPG (Electronic Program Guide). Samsung Link* also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung digital devices.*available in select countries
  • Take Care of Health and Well-being:  The GALAXY S4 mini empowers users by keeping them up-to-date with personal health and well-being details. Downloadable from Samsung Apps, S Health enables users to monitor caloric balance and health condition. S Health accessories can also help users calculate daily steps, monitor sleeping patterns, calculate weight and get real-time heart monitoring. To further protect users’ wellbeing, Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing experience customized for each type of application, and Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user.

The GALAXY S4 mini will be available in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist. Commercial availability of the GALAXY S4 mini supporting either 4G LTE, or 3G HSPA+ or 3G Dual SIM, will be determined by market.

Media quests and invited partners will be provided hands-on product experiences of GALAXY S4 mini at Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV, London, Thursday, June 20th.

Specs:

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  • http://www.nx8.name/ nx8

    There will be a lot of mobile users around the world happy and fun with these things. Samsung Galaxy S4, will do wonders to the world of electronics technology.

  • Brenden Keene

    Is it ever coming to the US?

  • sagisarius

    It would be nice if they could make this thing as a Nexus Experience device, though due to the odd spec shortcomings, they might want to sell it for like $300 instead of $650. (I like me a smaller phone that isn’t’ totally made out of glass either)

    • SrCumbersnatch

      We can only wish it’d be $300. I fully anticipate $500-600.

  • Asmodai

    I’d prefer a 4.3″ device to a larger one but if they can get 1080p on a 5″ device they should be able to get 720p on a 4.3″ device. qHD is unacceptable at this stage (my current phone is a qHD 4.3″ device and I’d like an upgrade).

    I’m also cool with a dual core CPU but I’d like a OpenGL ES 3/OpenCL 1.2 supporting GPU matched to it. Like a Snapdragon S4 PRO (MSM8960T) or up would be fine for me.

  • NorCalGuy

    If it does not have the same specs or abilities why call it a S4 mini, why not just galaxy mini?

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Exactly.

  • schoat333

    I went from a Galaxy nexus to an iPhone 5, and now to a Galaxy S4. I have to say the iPhone was too small, and the S4 feel just as good in hand as the galaxy nexus, but with a much larger screen.

    I think the S4’s 5 inch screen with little to no bezel is perfect. 4.3 would be too small.

  • ToddAwesome

    pfft, whatevea guy!

  • T4rd

    There’s no reason why a 4.3″ mid-range phone shouldn’t have a 720p display. The HTC Rezound had it in 2011 and the HTC First had it earlier this year (and it was a nice mid-range phone despite its quick flop and bad sales) with the same screen size. This phone truely does tarnish the GS4 name and is more of a downgrade from the GS4 as the GS3 mini was from the GS3. I hope that dual-core SoC is at least the Snapdragon 400 and nothing else. Unless they plan on selling this for $300 or less at full retail (aside from storage, it certainly doesn’t compete with the Nexus 4).

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  • MikeSaver

    A lot of people complain that they dont like the bigger phones and want something smaller.

    Before I’m barraged with comments, this “a lot of people” does not include most nerdy readers of tech blogs, myself included.

    • thecharrr

      I want a smaller phone because usually they aren’t $97321097120731907012370712 off contract

      • T4rd

        If you search, you can find some good deals for around $97321097120731907012370699 off contract. Or buy used, which is how I got my GS4 for about $97321097120731907012340000 ;-).

    • Mapekz

      iPhone 5 is a bit small, Nexus 4 a bit big for my tastes. I’d prefer a 4.3″ but high-end/hero device.

    • SrCumbersnatch

      I am not sure what your numbers of “most nerdy readers” are based on, but there are plenty of us wanting smaller phones

      • MikeSaver

        ah i suppose i was being overly defensive, I expected to be bashed for suggesting smaller phones were in line with what consumers wanted. Suppose I was wrong!

        • SrCumbersnatch

          Oh, I may have misunderstood your original point – it was worded kind of backwards. Did you mean that the tech nerds on this site that tend to scoff at small phones should get over themselves and accept that there are a multitude of people wanting a smaller phone? That makes sense, and I agree if so!

          • MikeSaver

            Yeah pretty much

  • Ben Myton

    So it will be the Samsung “X-Phone”?

    It will be interesting to see the comparison tables.

  • sc0rch3d

    my wife is looking to jump from apple to android (finally) and i think this will best fit her needs…especially that the dimensions are similar.

    can anyone do a quick compare against S3 specs?

    • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

      They look very similar to the S3, except that screen…ugh

      • T4rd

        Depends on the CPU they used in this too. If it’s the Snapdragon 400 (same SoC in the HTC First), then it will be considerably faster and more power efficient than the S3’s S4 SoC. Otherwise, yeah, the GS3 is the better phone, which is retarded even considering this is a mid-range phone. The HTC First is a better phone than this and is/was free on contract.

        • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

          Yeah, I was thinking the same. I’d think they would probably use a newer SoC if for no other reason energy savings from the smaller manufacturing size. But, maybe they had a lot of chips left over they needed to move.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    If they really wanted to give people true options, they would have put the same specs in this mini as the regular s4

    • Jeff

      Because the only option that matters is the size of the phone, not reducing the hardware specs to lower the price?

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        No but the s4 is their top tier phone. Save the mid range specs for their million other devices.

        • Jeff

          Oh, so they intended the S4 Mini to be a top tier phone, as opposed to mid range. Someone should call them up and let them know that, so they can stop advertising the S4 Mini as a mid range phone.

          • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

            I love it when people make themselves look like fools. I never said the mini was a top tier phone. I did say the “s4″ is a top tier phone. Im sure people who want the s4 but think its too big would appreciate the same specs in a smaller package

          • Jeff

            In your first post you said you wanted the S4 specs in the S4 Mini, which would then mean that you want the S4 Mini to be a top tier phone. I said they designed the S4 Mini purposely to be mid tier, and then made a sarcastic remark about it that you did not understand. I’m glad you enjoy it so much when you look like a fool, judging from this conversation it probably happens often.

          • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

            You make absolutely no sense. Have a great day.

          • adoyleBU

            pretty sure that’s what they’re going for by putting the S4 name on it in the first place. use your head.

          • Jeff

            Pretty sure? I would think it has more to do with the phone looking like a smaller S4. Most people who will buy the phone won’t know the difference between the phones beyond that. Use your head.

          • adoyleBU

            exactly. they won’t know that they’re getting a watered down version that isn’t nearly as good as the regular S4. that’s why it’s stupid that samsung is using the S4 name to sell a much lesser phone. before you start using your head, as i had suggested earlier, you might consider pulling it out of your ass. just a thought.

          • Jeff

            Anyone who doesn’t know the difference between an S4 and an S4 Mini beyond the size also won’t care that it’s not a high end phone, because anyone who doesn’t do enough research to know the difference is just looking for a phone that works. You should pull your head out of your ass.

          • adoyleBU

            you’re missing the point completely (hence all the helpful advice i’m giving you that you’re just copying and pasting to tell me to do). why don’t they just have a smaller version of the S4 (as they are leading us to believe they are providing by calling it such) that has all the same awesomeness of the S4, just in a smaller package, instead of something completely inferior? i guess this is where i would suggest for you to stop being an idiot, but i’m beginning to think that’s not possible. plus you would just come back and tell me whatever i told you, which is only fun for so long.

          • Jeff

            Because manufacturers don’t currently make smaller phones with high end specs. They seem to think not enough people would want them to make it worthwhile. I would think considering the lack of any smaller phones with high end specs or rumors of smaller phones coming out with high ends specs would make that pretty obvious. Stop being an idiot.

  • Ian

    Cute.

  • thecharrr

    qHD pentile? Disgusting.

  • ßen Murphy

    Why?

    • Ian

      For mom and dad.

      • EC8CH

        you must hate your parents

        I keed.

      • T4rd

        That’s what iDerps and Blackberries are for =p.

    • SrCumbersnatch

      It’s not a monolith!