Galaxy S4 mini to use Exynos 5210 dual-core processor and pack an 8MP camera, report says

by: Gary SimsMay 14, 2013

Galaxy S4 mini 645pxThere has been lots of speculation about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 mini which is rumored to be released in the next few weeks. According to a new report from Samsung and Korea Investment & Securities the S4 mini was developed side-by-side with the S4 in an attempt by Samsung to improve on the lukewarm reception received by the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini.

The leaked specifications show that the S4 mini will be powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Exynos 5210 processor. This is a vast improvement over the S3 mini which used the almost unheard of NovaThor U8420 from ST-Ericsson. At the moment little is known about the Exynos 5210 as it doesn’t appear to be the same processor as the “standard” Exynos Dual which was previously known as the Exynos 5250.  Some reports suggest that the Exynos 5210 is in fact a big.LITTLE architecture processor using two A7 cores (for power saving) along with two A15 cores (for performance).

The S4 mini’s screen will use a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960. Although this is quite low and at least 720p would have been nice, it is again an improvement over the S3 mini’s 480 x 800 display.

In terms of memory the S4 mini is expected to provide 1GB of RAM, however there is a possibility that the LTE version will have 2GB. The phone is expected to pack an 8MP camera on the back (again better than the S3 mini’s 5MP) and there will be some form of front camera, but its resolution has yet be revealed. What is interesting is that the specifications for the memory and the camera are similarly to those of the Galaxy S3. Even the 2GB of memory for the LTE version is the same as the S3. Does this mean that Samsung have taken the S3, put a smaller display on it and called it the S4 mini? An interesting notion. If that is so then we can expect at least a 1.9 megapixels front facing camera which can record 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.

The only strange thing about the report is that it claims the Galaxy S4 mini will run Android 4.0. Clearly this is a typing mistake or a misunderstanding as even the S3 mini runs Android 4.1. Probably the S4 mini will use Android 4.2, most likely 4.2.2 like the Galaxy S4.

What would you like to see in the Galaxy S4 mini and would you buy one?

  • MasterMuffin

    I actually like this, if the price is good it’s a good update for s2 owners

  • Seems like a decent mid ranger phone…. But The Mini Moniker annoys the heck out of me… Mini implies that it is the same just smaller, but for Samsung it seems to be an excuse to use the galaxy brand to tag another unremarkable device… I love my s3, and Can’t wait for the Note 3 now, but seeing “mini” slapped onto a device that isn’t really the definition of a mini annoys the heck out of me…

    • bob

      if they could put better specs in it, they would. but they can’t

      • I don’t agree, they could easily fit better components into the phone, It would keep the price similar to that of the S4 and a top tier phone at that size would be worth the cost to many. The term mini refers to the same but smaller, this mini is a completely different phone, not a mini version. Call it something else if they want to dilute the galaxy brand some more, but mini is just a way to trick customers into thinking they have a top tier device when in fat they have a mid range one at best.

  • tomn1ce

    The GS4 mini should come with
    Exynos 5210 processor with its big.LITTLE architecture processor
    2GB of RAM
    16GB of ROM
    4.3″ 720p display…well at least they bumped it up to qHD
    8MP main camera and 2MP secondary camera with decent software
    Yes I would buy this as a secondary phone for when I go on vacation outside of the USA.

    • Piterson Massenat Desir

      with those specs, yes its a cheaper version but still awesome specs.

  • kascollet

    If there really is a dual core A15 inside the Mini (with or without A7 cores), it would actually be quite a beast in CPU (see the performances of the Nexus 10).