Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: Powerful enough for those who can’t afford Galaxy S4

Samsung is hoping to give its lighter smartphone much of the same GS 4 taste.

Written by Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi | New Delhi | Published on:June 6, 2013 7:10 pm

If Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is more smartphone than you think you need,the electronics giant has just offered up the smaller,more midrange – and surely cheaper – Galaxy S4 Mini.

Samsung is hoping to give its lighter smartphone much of the same GS 4 taste with just a little less vigor. Although the Mini has stepped-down specs compared to its flagship family,like a lower-resolution screen and an 8-megapixel camera instead of a 13-megapixel shooter,it’s no slouch when it comes to the Galaxy S4’s core features,even a built-in TV remote control.

As with the Galaxy S3 Mini that came before,this version is aimed more toward the mass market than the high-end sector,without sacrificing too many of the superphone’s more defining features.

Launch and Price

With the Samsung galaxy S3 launching for €300 (Rs 23,300),it’s hard not to expect the S4 variation to launch at the same price. This could be bit too expensive given the specifications and strong competition for mid-range Android phone. We’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out – UK event scheduled for June 20 likely to give us more information. According to the sources,the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will be launched in India on 30th July 2013 and will be priced at Rs 24,000 (approx).


Samsung’s modest Mini is a wee bit shorter,thicker,and wider than the svelte Galaxy S4 but clearly cut from the same cloth. Like the round-shouldered original,the Mini retains its curved perimeter,metallic rim,and rectangular home button,and also comes in black and white versions.

Specifically,the global GS4 Mini stands 124.6 millimeters tall (4.9 inches) by 61.3 millimeters wide (2.4 inches) by 8.9 millimeters thick (0.35-inch) and weighs a lighter 107 grams (3.7 ounces,compared to the GS4’s 4.6-ounce weight.) A 3G-only,dual SIM version will weigh a hair more at 108 grams.

The Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen. Inside is a 1.7GHz dual-core processor.

The phone’s screen quality is perhaps the first place you’ll really notice the hardware differences between the Galaxy S4 and its little cousin. Don’t expect the S4 Mini’s 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display to look as sharp at 960×540 pixels as does the Galaxy S4’s 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution on its 5-inch screen. For all you pixel-hounds,that’s a 441 pixel density on the Galaxy S4 compared with 256ppi for the S4 Mini.

Both Galaxy screens support the same color gamut and OLED display technology,though the Mini won’t have the Galaxy S4’s ultrasensitive,glove-friendly capabilities.

From the looks of it,the S4 Mini shares most of the S4 family’s other physical attributes,including the location and shape of the camera,flash,sensors,buttons,and ports. It seems that the Mini sports the same subtle patterning as the GS4’s finish.

The Operating System

Importantly,the Galaxy S4 Mini runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean underneath its TouchWiz layer. Custom interfaces like TouchWiz are notorious for stalling Android update efforts,so starting at such a current OS build is crucial for keeping a phone like the GS4 Mini from falling behind the times.

With TouchWiz comes a mountain of software embellishments,like more one-touch system settings in the notifications pull-down and options like Air …continued »

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