Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini hands-on and impressions

June 20, 2013
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There's a miniature version of what the world has been snatching up en masse: the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. As we're here in London having a look and touch with the whole new family of devices from Samsung, it seems only natural to get up close and personal with the smallest of the pack - all 4.3-inch display of it. This device won't wow the way the Galaxy S4 does, but it's certainly going to bring on the connectivity.

The size and delivery of this device is much closer to that of the Samsung Galaxy S II than it is to the Galaxy S 4. Though you've got a brand new software set, the same size display makes one remember when Samsung first took the market with that palm-sized device. Sadly the display comes with a qHD resolution, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor under the hood as well. It isn't flagship, but can certainly hold its own.

This device will be delivered in 4G LTE, 3G, and 3G dual-SIM iterations dependent on the country it's arriving in. Though we're sure to see this machine hit Europe in a large way sooner than later, it's far less likely that the USA will see a release right on top of the other - iterations of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini are still appearing on US-based-carriers, after all.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini works with a body that's sized in at 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm and weighs in at 107g, providing a real pocketable mobile device. You've got a 1.9 megapixel camera up front, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and a choice of white or black for the body. It actually feels quit nice in the hand, and is lightweight and thin. Next to the 5-inch Galaxy S4 it doesn't feel too small though, as its bezels are quite large. It isn't as premium as the main S4, that's for sure.

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Inside you've got a rather rare 1.5GB of RAM as well as Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz over the top. Internal storage sits a 8GB while a microSD card slot should allow you to expand by another 32GB. That 8GB of storage is again used up a bit, and we have around 4.5GB leftover out of the box. It's quick, smooth, and stable. Feels just like the Galaxy S4 (hardware and software) only smaller.

Have a peek at our touchy-feely look at this device above and below and make sure to let us know how you feel about this particular release. Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini a machine you cant wait to get your hands on, or will you be passing for a slightly larger machine? It could be arriving soon for Verizon, but that's just a rumor for now.


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