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Samsung confirms it: The S 4 mini is a mid-sized phone with a mid-range punch

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Not waiting for its big launch event in June, Samsung has revealed the details of its latest smartphone, the Galaxy S 4 mini. As my colleague Kevin Tofel suggested on Wednesday, the name is a bit deceiving. The mini isn’t a tiny powerhouse – rather it’s a mid-tier phone designed to attract customers unwilling to pay for Samsung’s full-featured flagship device.

The mini is smaller than the standard S 4 — the display of which measured a full 5 inches – but at 4.3 inches the device is by no means miniscule. The specs, however, are much more representative of a current-generation mid-range device. It sports a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, an 8 megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera.

The mini lacks some of the full-fledged S 4’s fancier environmental sensors and pedometer, though it contains the usual complement of motion, bearing and light sensors. The 16:9 display uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED technology, but it uses a lower quarter-HD resolution. The smartphone will ship with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) installed. The gadget will also contain many of the new software features released with the original S 4.

The market variations of the mini are all based on connectivity. In its blog, Samsung said it would make LTE, HSPA+ and 3G dual-SIM versions of the device. It mentioned nothing of CDMA, though it would have to create an LTE-CDMA variant if it hopes to sell the device on Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod) and Sprint’s(s s) networks.

The mini lacks the high-powered 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity of the full-fledged S4, but it will include Bluetooth Low Energy, infrared and, in the case of the LTE models, near field communications (NFC) connectivity.

Samsung GALAXY S4 mini specs

One Response to “Samsung confirms it: The S 4 mini is a mid-sized phone with a mid-range punch”

  1. M Umar Fazal

    When you look at S4 mini, it looks more like an updated version of s3 mini with few enhancements rather than a smaller version of S4, it obviously will catch the consumer’s attention but will eventually slow down shortly after its launch, In my opinion, the reason for not empowering the s4 mini is that Samsung still wants a strong presence of s3 by further subsidizing the model on various price plans/tariffs and hence hurting it’s rival’s share.
    One thing that I would recommend that could give it a real boost is to launch it for free on fairly moderate tariff (£17-£22) rather than £22-£27 tariff as the very ‘recession’ factor couldn’t be ignored.