Friday, May 31, 2013

Samsung unveils the Galaxy S4 Mini; specs appear more 'maxi' than 'mini'

A day after reports that showed off the hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini via AnTuTu, on Thursday the Korean giant introduced the device. The term "mini" is almost laughable as the device sports a 4.3-inch display, bigger than the "maxi" iPhone 5.

The announcement took most of the media by surprise. It had been assumed that Samsung would announce the new phone at a London event on June 20.

The hardware specs are now confirmed -- or at least a number of them are. They include the following, along with a comparison with the GS4 and the earlier presumed GS4 specs:
  • CPU: 1.7Ghz dual-core processor (exact type unknown); Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5410 (eight cores) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (quad-core) for the GS4; dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 had been assumed for the GS4 Mini
  • RAM: 1.5GB; 2GB (GS4); 1.5GB (assumed for Mini)
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP; 13MP (GS4); 8MP (assumed for Mini)
  • Front-facing camera: 1.9MP; 2MP (GS4); 2.1MP (assumed for Mini)
  • Battery: 1,900mAh
  • Internal storage: 8GB (expandable up to 64GB)
  • Android 4.2.2
The device includes six bands sets of LTE, and there will be both single and dual-SIM 3G versions, as well. The device will come in the same colors as the GS4, meaning Black Mist and Frost White.

Scott Hooton, Chief Commercial Officer at Phones 4u, said:
We know that there's a huge appetite for Samsung Galaxy devices, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 being the biggest selling new smartphone of 2013 at Phones 4u. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung has packed the incredible new features into a smaller design which will appeal to a different audience, and we anticipate it will be well received by our customers.

We know that screen size is really important, with YouGov* research showing that 54% of people say that this is in their top five most important features when picking a new smartphone. With the addition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to our current handset range at Phones 4u, we will have an extensive collection of Samsung smartphones to suit all tastes, whether big or small.
While Samsung did not reveal either a price or release date, retailer Phones 4u spilled the beans slightly -- at least for the U.K. It said it will be stocking the handset "when it becomes available in the UK in July 2013."

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