Despite rumored to announce the Galaxy S4 Mini at its June 20 media event, Samsung on Thursday went ahead and quietly announced the handset.
Is this a direct response to Motorola’s Moto X unexpected announcement? It doesn’t really matter, as by now we already knew a lot of details concerning this Galaxy S4 variant.
Specs and features
Just a few days ago we looked at a new set of specs and features for the handset, and it looks like they were pretty accurate. Here are the official specification for the Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-I9190):
- 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display
- Size: 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm
- Weight: 107g
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor
- 1.5GB of RAM
- 8GB of memory (5GB available to the user)
- microSD support for up to 64GB of memory
- 8-megapixel camera with TouchWiz camera features
- 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 4G LTE
- NFC (only for the LTE version)
- dual SIM support (on certain variants)
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz on top
- 1900mAh battery
The Galaxy S4 Mini is not a flagship device – not that we ever expected it to be – but JK Shin seems to think that it has good enough specs to provide a “Galaxy S4 experience.” Here’s his full quote:
“We want to give people more choices with Galaxy S4 Mini, similar look & feel of Galaxy S4 for more compact and practical usages,” he said. “The new Galaxy S4 Mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship Galaxy S4 experience.”
Release date and pricing
Actual availability details are missing in action at this point, but we’ll update the post accordingly once more information becomes available. In its press release (available below), Samsung says that the phone will be available in two colors at launch, White Frost and Black Mist and that it will have various versions out in various markets including a 4G LTE model, a 3G model and a 3G dual SIM model.[press]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.