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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini: leak of both photos and specs

by Mark Tyson on 25 March 2013, 11:20

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), PC

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone has only just been launched and there is still a full month until it will start to become available online and in stores. However we have already seen pictures and specifications for it’s as-yet unannounced, yet somehow predictable, little brother this weekend. Neither the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini specs nor design evident in these photos offers up much cause for surprise or geeky excitement but that has always been the nature of these flagship mini models.

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini specs

  • 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (540 x 960 ) display with a pixel density of 256ppi
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0
  • Dual-SIM and LTE variants will be available
  • Availability expected June/July 2013

The above specs, distilled from SamMobile, are all that we have for now. Notably absent are the specs about the cameras that the S4 mini will be equipped with, the storage capacities and RAM the new smartphone will be available with, its dimensions and connectivity options and any pricing indications. However all of the specs for the S4 mini listed above, appear to be usefully improved from its predecessor, the Galaxy S3 mini.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has quite a narrow market position in which to perch; below the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 but above the Galaxy S3 mini. That’s where its specs, as far as we have seen, put it and that’s where its pricing should place it. As such it’s a useful tool for salesmen to provide you with the “latest Galaxy experience” for a lower budget and also for some people it will indeed be the right phone due to its size, price and performance.

With the Galaxy S4 being the most pre-ordered handset ever perhaps this time the mini will also be the most successful little brother ever? What do you think?

HEXUS Forums :: 9 Comments

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Okies. IT now looks like I need to hold out for the S4 micro! A 4.3" screen really isn't mini at all, it is (as you say) a cut down/budget version of the S4, not spec-reduced to meet smaller size version.
So was the S3 Mini really though…it's not the size they are cutting but the specs
It will have an 8mp camera, I'd bet money on that. On reflection it'll be slightly more powerful, slightly lighter, slightly higher res version of the standard S2. My S2 contract expires next month and the regular S4 is going to be too expensive and too big for my liking.

This would have been a contender but i doubt I'd see any worth while upgrade from my S2, expect I'll just continue with my S2 (especially as it's just been warranty replaced because of a failed software update) and wait until the next generation…probably looking at Nokia by that time.
Dual-SIM is interesting though, if it means that I don't need to swap out the ever smaller SIM cards when going to another country. Would love to see it on it's larger siblings. Throw that in, and it would be hard for me to justify jumping ship unless another manufacturer comes with *at least* removable battery and MicroSD *and* provide a perk to offset the dual-SIM advantage.
If it has *all* the same software features and that dual-core is an enhanced A9 or better then it'll be a decent buy, the smaller chassis is probably too much for an Octa or Snapdragon 600 so it's a fair enough trade off to make something smaller and cheaper.

If it's a A7 CPU or lacks the headline software features then IMHO Samsung are making a mistake calling it an S4, it should have a different name to avoid consumer confusion and damage to the S4 brand. Not everyone appreciates the distinctions and expects the full S4 they heard about from a mate once they see those 2 chars, the mini bit is ignored.