Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini revealed with 4.3″ display and 8MP camera

May 30, 2013
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It's hardly been unexpected, but Samsung has finally taken the wraps off of its Galaxy S4 Mini, the shrunken Galaxy S 4 which was expected to debut at the June 20 "Premiere 2013" event. Slimming the display down to 4.3-inches and qHD resolution, the Galaxy S4 Mini also has a more humble processor, with Android 4.2.2 and TouchWiz running on a 1.7GHz dualcore.

That's paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, though only around 5GB of that is available to the actual user. A microSD card slot can be used to expand it by up to 64GB. The Galaxy S4 Mini measures in at 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm and 107g.

Under the hood, there's WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and - on the LTE version, at least - NFC. The phone also gets an IR blaster, which can be used with the preloaded WatchON app to turn the Galaxy S4 Mini into a universal remote. The usual sensors (accelerometer, digital compass, GPS, GLONASS, etc.) are also onboard.

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In total, Samsung will have three main versions of the Galaxy S4 Mini, with the key difference being cellular connectivity. The basic 3G model will have quadband HSPA+ for up to 21Mbps downloads, network depending, and there'll be a dual-SIM version of that for those wanting a pair of accounts active.

Then, there'll be a 4G model, which will have up to 42Mbps HSPA+ and LTE support for up to 100/50Mbps downloads, again depending on the network you're using. Samsung is yet to announce which regions will get which variant.

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Software-wise, Samsung is sticking to most of the apps and features we've seen from the full-sized Galaxy S 4, which means various camera enhancements - Best Photo, Beauty Face, HDR, etc - and Group Play for media sharing. There's also S Voice and S Translator, along with Samsung KNOX for secure enterprise use.

No word on release date, nor pricing, but Samsung will tell us more next month at the "Premiere" event.


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  • ymppa

    4.3″ and “Mini”? Does that mean this is some mini phablet, not a phone anymore?