Samsung finally confirmed the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, a smaller variant of the company’s Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S4 mini which had been rumored to be in development since around the announcement of the Galaxy S4, pairs down many of Samsung’s flagship features in the interest of creating a device the company profiles as being “highly portable, chic and compact”.
Internals include a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and a 4.3 gHD Super AMOLED screen. Camera optics are slightly more modest than that of the 13 megapixel camera found on the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 mini features a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel rear facing camera for taking photos.
Samsung didn’t skimp on connection standards, in addition to the Wi-Fi and LTE depending on carrier availability, this device will also ship with Bluetooth 4.0 compatibility and NFC for those who purchase a version that is compatible with next generation LTE data networks like the ones available on Verizon and AT&T.
Samsung has also seen fit to keep the Galaxy S4’s IR sensor so that users can use the Galaxy S4 mini to control their television and other home theater components using the company’s WatchOn app for Android. Many of the Galaxy S4’s other software enhancements will make their way to the Galaxy S4 mini like S Heal, which allows users to track their calorie intake and allow the device to be used as a pedometer. These software features will run on Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” just as on the Galaxy S4.
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All told, when compared with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the S4 mini’s 4.3 inch screen size, lack of noise cancelling microphone, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard storage – with the option to add more via a Micro SD card slot, may be just what the doctor ordered for users who wanted the features of the Galaxy S4 but who felt that it was too feature rich for their use case.
Samsung will make white and black versions of the Galaxy S4 mini available to users in 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ and dual-SIM versions worldwide, and will show off the device more during its Samsung Premiere 2013 on June 20th.
Essentially, the Galaxy S4 mini looks to deliver the experience of Samsung’s software enhancements in a chassis that more modest users will be comfortable with especially those users who may have been turned off by the slightly unwieldy 5 inch screen on the Galaxy S4.