Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Review, Specs, Pros, Cons
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is a compact version of flagship Galaxy S4. Those who can’t afford the full fledged Galaxy S4 can experience similar experience (too some extent) in this miniature. Unlike It comes with 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display with qHD resolution. Noadays low-cost smartphones are packed with at least 720p display. From that point of view you will be disappointed to see 540×960 pixels resolution in your device.
Octa core Exynos 5410 is replaced by dual core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 400, the same SoC that is recently found in Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3. In addition, it packs 1.5 GB RAM in the HSPA+ version while the LTE version will get 2 GB of RAM. There will be a dual sim variant of the device too with support of quad band WCDMA support.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini sports 8 MP rear camera with AF, LED flash, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR etc. Some of the core camera features of Galaxy S4 is also included in this mini version. Sound&Shot captures audio and takes images at the same time. Panorama mode is present too. But Dual Camera, Drama Shot and 360 Panorama are absent in Galaxy S4 Mini.
In connectivity segment Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini boasts Bluetooth v4.0, dual band Wi-Fi, micro USB, DLNA, Infrared Blaster, Wi-Fi Direct. LTE version of the device will be launched in selected markets. The LTE version will sport NFC. The HSPA+ version will have every other connectivity options apart from LTE and NFC which is disappointing. Indian version of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will miss out NFC.
Another disappointing feature of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is 8 GB ROM. The device should have a 16 GB version . Micro SD card slot is there for additional storage requirement. Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery powers the machine. You can expect decent hours of usage as the display size is 4.3 inch.
Specs of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Operating System Android 4.2 JellyBean
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
CPU 1.7 GHz Dual Core Krait 200
GPU Aderno 305
RAM 1.5 GB (1536 MB) for HSPA+ version of Indian version, 2 GB for the LTE version
Memory 8 GB ROM, micro SD card slot 64 GB
Display 4.3 inch Super AMOLED LCD, 540×960 pixels resolution
Display Protection Yes
Rear Camera 8 MP, AF, LED flash, face detection, smile detection, panorama, Sound&Shot
Front Camera 2 MP
Video 1080p FHD
Connectivity Bluetooth v4.0, Dual Band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, micro USB port, NFC (only in LTE version), Infrared Blaster
Data Class 12 GPRS/EDGE, HSPA+ speed up to 21 Mbps
Battery 1900 mAh Li-Ion
Dimension 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm
Weight 109 gm
Colors White Frost, Black Mist
SIM card Slot Micro SIM/Dual SIM (GSM+WCDMA)
Pros/Features of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Super AMOLED 4.3 inch display, one of the best display types you can get in a smartphone
1.7 GHz Krait processor, Snapdragon 400 SoC known for excellent multitasking ability, 1.5 GB RAM also there
Rich connectivity features, Bluetooth v4.0, Dual band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, HSPA+ modem etc
8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, Sound&Shot, Panorama and few other camera extras of Galaxy S4 present in this device
Extremely light weight, just 109 gm weight
Cons/Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
qHD 540×960 pixels display resolution not the best in business, at least 720p required
Stereo type design, looks very much the same
Only 8 GB storage model, 16 GB should have been there
Too many handsets with similar features will irritate buyers
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Alternatives
Without knowing exact price of the device it’s not fair to compare it with products that could be considered as an alternative. But Samsung Galaxy S3 should be the ideal alternative of the device as Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will cost around Rs 25000-28000. For more info Please check back.
Release Date & Price of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Release date is set to July. Exact release date of the device in India is unknown as of now.It will cost more than Rs 25,000 in Indian currency.
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