Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini – Android 4.2 on a 4.3" display

After an amazing flood of leaks and speculation, Samsung has today officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. It’s a 4.3″ Super AMOLED device running at qHD resolution, powered by a 1,7GHz dual-core processor. Android 4.2.2 is the launch OS, with 1.5GB of RAM to work with and 8GB of onboard storage space and SD card expansion.

The Galaxy S4 Mini also contains dual cameras (8MP and 1.9MP), plus there’s a 1,900mAh battery inside. It’s not really that mini at all. Here it is:

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Samsung says there are black and white models, plus a 4G and dual-SIM version, but it’s not yet decided which will launch in the UK. And here’s the thing from Samsung, with full tech specs beneath:

SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE GALAXY S4 MINI

A powerful, compact smartphone designed to fit busy lifestyles

London, UK – May 30, 2013 – Samsung Electronics today announced the Galaxy S4 Mini, a powerful, compact version of its bestselling smartphone, the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 Mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the Galaxy S4 in a portable chic and compact design.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “Demand for the Galaxy S4 has been phenomenal since it launched in April and we hope to build on this success with the Galaxy S4 Mini. This new handset is the ideal smartphone companion for anyone who wants a compact device packed with innovation.”


With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy S4 Mini offers stunning images and content. At just 107g, the lightweight and compact design enables you to carry and use the device easily with one hand. The Galaxy S4 Mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor and supports many of the same intuitive features as the Galaxy S4, designed to enhance different aspects of life.

Capturing Memories
The Galaxy S4 Mini allows you to capture important moments in life with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera as well as a 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features include Sound&Shot, which stores sounds and images together, Panorama Shot which allows you to take a full view of what you are seeing, and Story Album, which automatically arranges photos in a smart format – photos taken by Galaxy S4 Mini are automatically gathered and saved according to your timeline, geo-tagging information or specific event, to create a photo album. You can also receive travel assistance and information services through the S Travel preloaded app which can even recommend a new trip and provide destination guides.

Sharing and Connecting
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini means you can share content with others around you easily. Simultaneously listen to the same music and play the same games as your friends with Group Play, and chat with multiple friends with animations, video and voice recording added to messages using ChatON.

Environment Features
The Galaxy S4 Mini features S Translator, for instant translation using text or voice on applications including email, text message and ChatON. You can also control your environment through WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the device into a remote to control your home entertainment systems including TV, set-top box and DVD player. Content available includes live TV, cable TV and VOD based on the information provided EPG (Electronic Program Guide). In addition, Samsung Link* will help you share content across multiple Samsung digital devices. *Available in select countries. Previously called AllShare Play.

Wellbeing Features
The Galaxy S4 Mini keeps you up to date with health and wellbeing information. Downloadable from Samsung Apps, S Health enables you to monitor your calorie balance. It can calculate each step taken daily, monitor sleeping patterns, calculate weight and share real time heart rate information**. Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing experience, customised for each type of application, and Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalised for each user. ** Functionality such as monitoring weight, heart rate and sleeping patterns is possible through the use of fitness accessories which are sold separately.

Availability
The Galaxy S4 Mini will be available in two colours – White Frost and Black Mist. There will be a 4G LTE version, 3G version, and 3G Dual Sim version. Details on which variants will be ranged in the UK and the UK shipping date will be announced in due course.

Media and invited partners will be provided with hands-on product experiences of the Galaxy S4 Mini at Samsung’s 2013 Premiere for Galaxy & ATIV, in London on Thursday, June 20th.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Product Specifications

Network
LTE
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)
3G
2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

Display
4.3”qHD (16:9 wide view) Super AMOLED

AP
1.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor

OS
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera
Rear : 8 megapixel
Front: 1.9 megapixel

Camera Features
Sound & Shot, Night(Low Light Shot), Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face(include Live Beauty), HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Continuous Shot

Video
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark

Audio
Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X

Additional Features
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document,
Play Games
Story Album, S Translator
Samsung Hub, ChatON , Samsung WatchON
S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice™,
S Health (Downloadable from Samsung Apps)
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, HomeSync, Smart Switch
Samsung KNOX

Google Mobile Services
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Messenger,
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Local, Google Navigation, Voice Search, Chrome
Availability of Google Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music,
Play Magazine varies by region.

Connectivity
WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n
GPS + GLONASS
Bluetooth® v4.0 (LE), NFC(LTE version only)
IR LED (Remote Control)

Sensor
Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic

Memory
8GB Internal memory (User Memory approximately 5GB) + microSD (up to 64GB), 1.5GB RAM

*User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may different by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

Dimension
124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm, 107g (3G Dual SIM version:108g)

Battery
1,900mAh

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  1. Daniel

     /  May 30, 2013

    Shame the resolution isn’t a bit better, still, a decent phone all in all. Will be interesting to see how far behind HTC are with their ‘One Mini’ or whatever they call it.

    Reply
  2. Simon

     /  May 31, 2013

    When are these two phones launching ?

    Reply
    • Gary_C

       /  May 31, 2013

      Samsung hasn’t said yet, but “July” seems to be the common thinking.

      Reply

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