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Event Coverage

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

By Dr. Jimmy Tang - 21 Jun 2013

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Towards the end of last month, Samsung announced a smaller variant of their flagship Galaxy S4 which we now know as the Galaxy S4 mini.

At 4.3-inches, the Galaxy S4 mini is only slightly smaller than its predecessor, the Galaxy S3 mini. When we compared it with the 5-inch Galaxy S4, you can almost feel that the S4 mini is somewhat made from the same mould, only more petite. Placing it in the palm of our hand, it does feel a little more comfortable as it can be easily held without having to strain our fingers.

 The Samsung Galaxy S4 (left) compared with the Galaxy S4 mini (on the right).

Even the back of the phone looked similar.

Just by looking at the difference in thickness with the naked eye, it's quite hard to tell if the S4 mini is thicker than the S4 since the S4 mini is only thicker by about 1mm only.

As you can see in the images above, there's really not much to talk about since both the S4 and S4 mini are almost the exact replica of each other, down to its software features.

The LTE version of the S4 mini that was displayed at the event was based on the Qualcomm processor.

We feel Samsung wants to cover all the bases with its recent launches. Although phones with larger displays are gaining in popularity, there are still consumers out there who prefer to have a smartphone that are more pocketable. 

In addition, the competition is not resting on its laurels. LG recently announced an affordable midrange 4G LTE smartphone, the Optimus F5 while Sony unveiled the Xperia SP in April. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini should be available in Singapore towards the end of June or early July.

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3 mini
Device Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
OS Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Processor Dual-core 1.7GHz Quad-core 1.9GHz Dual-core 1GHz
Storage 8GB 16/32/64GB 8/16GB
Display 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 5.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 960 x 540 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels 800 x 480 pixels
Cameras Rear: 8MP
Front: 1.9MP
Rear: 13MP
Front: 2MP
Rear: 5MP
Front: VGA
Battery Capacity 1900mAh 2600mAh 1500mAh


 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm / 107g  136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm / 130g 121.55 x 63 x 9.9 mm / 112.2g