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Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini gets official

Samsung has pulled the wraps off a new smartphone in its Galaxy family called the Galaxy S 4 Mini. The new device is a more compact version of the Galaxy S 4 that has been a bestseller for Samsung since its launch.
The lightweight (107 grams) S 4 Mini has a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display and features a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.2, has integrated Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC technology, 8 GB of internal storage, and 1.5 GB of RAM. The battery inside the phone has 1900 mAh of power.

The smartphone has an eight-megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front camera. The camera has the Sound & Shot function to store sound and voice together as pictures are taken. The smartphone also supports Panorama Shot to allow users to photograph entire panorama shooting pictures.

Samsung plans to offer the Galaxy S 4 mini in white frost or black mist colors. The phone will be offered in versions supporting 4G LTE or 3G HSPA+. A version supporting 3G Dual SIM will also be offered in certain markets.
The phone will launch in London on June 20 at an undisclosed price.

Source: Samsung

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downrate if you must,
By daboom06 on 5/30/2013 9:13:58 AM , Rating: 4
but this article is exactly why i read dailytech. it's short, has all the information i want, and the topic's interesting to me.

i suppose this is a response to the people who only ever complain about typos and misplaced decimals. so here's me saying good job, dailytech.

RE: downrate if you must,
By Lord 666 on 5/30/13, Rating: -1
RE: downrate if you must,
By CZroe on 5/30/2013 10:32:45 AM , Rating: 4
That's the exact opposite of what I noticed. Like most readers, I am not intimately familiar with the specs of the standard Galaxy S IV. The Galaxy S III mini had different specs than the standard Galaxy S III, so I'm not going to assume that "smaller version of..." explains all I need to know. I would like either a note explaining that they are the same or a spec by spec comparison to the standard Galaxy S IV.

Like some people already said, 4.3" is not small except when compared to the standard Galaxy S IV and yet the current version of the article doesn't even say how big that was so that we can tell how much smaller this is!

How that can be "all the information you want," I don't know. Do you have the standard Galaxy S IV specs memorized? So here's me saying: Bad job, DailyTech.

The last mini didn't even have LTE when the full-sized phone did, so I wouldn't just blindly trust that this has everything the Galaxy S IV has. This article lacks the information to help with that concern.

RE: downrate if you must,
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 10:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
The standard is 5 inches

RE: downrate if you must,
By StevoLincolnite on 5/30/2013 11:33:33 AM , Rating: 3
I thought it was 6 inches?


RE: downrate if you must,
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 12:16:31 PM , Rating: 2

Must be the AppleTards...

RE: downrate if you must,
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 12:23:35 PM , Rating: 1
I see you don't understand the meaning of the word "standard."

A standard is a characteristic that's pervasive of most things in a given category.

Are most smartphones equipped with a 5" screen?

No...not by a long shot. The *vast* majority of smartphones have screens much smaller than that. Off the top of my head, I'd guess that the majority are around 4", maybe less.

RE: downrate if you must,
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 12:38:36 PM , Rating: 1
I said the standard on the S4, pay attention, is 5 inches. I didn't say the standard across the board is 5 inches.

Is your life so pathetic you have to be an ass to everyone? Seriously?

RE: downrate if you must,
By AdamTurney on 5/30/2013 3:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you didn't specify what the 5" standard was for. I also read it as 5" is standard for all phones. Don't hate on somebody because you weren't clear in your post.

RE: downrate if you must,
By CZroe on 5/30/2013 6:25:04 PM , Rating: 2
While it confused me at first too, in context, I described the original as the "standard" Galaxy S III, so he was just trying not to be so wordy.

RE: downrate if you must,
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 6:46:30 PM , Rating: 2
Considering the article was about an S4 Mini, I thought it was kind of obvious that I was talking about the S4.

Apparently not to some...

RE: downrate if you must,
By dbwells on 5/30/2013 4:41:45 PM , Rating: 2
He could have worded it better, but in this case, I think he meant the "standard" S4 as opposed to the "mini" one.

It's in answer to the post complaining about not knowing anything about the original S4.

RE: downrate if you must,
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 6:48:39 PM , Rating: 2
It's in answer to the post complaining about not knowing anything about the original S4.

RE: downrate if you must,
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 10:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Under the hood, the S4 Mini has a 1.7 GHz dual-core chip, rather than the quad-/octa-core of its big brother. There’s 8GB of internal memory and 1.5GB of RAM. The rear camera is 8MP and the front-facing lens is 1.9MP.  Samsung says it will be offering a 4G version of the device, as well as a 3G and dual-SIM version — based on what makes sense for each market.

RE: downrate if you must,
By CZroe on 5/30/2013 6:27:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yep. While most of that is in the article, the info useful for comparison isn't. Thanks.

RE: downrate if you must,
By anactoraaron on 5/30/2013 11:31:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but it doesn't have all the information I want. Is there a micro sd slot? Is the bootloader locked?

Besides, if anything was learned from the 3 mini, it's to stay away from these 'mini' versions. NO OS updates, virtually non-existent support, and an overall sub par device for the cost. It's less than half of the 4 in specs for ~80% of the cost. It's just not worth it, and it's a surprise to me that they are even making another mini. I don't even know any carriers that even sold the 3 mini. It (the 3 mini) is currently not available on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint. So where can you buy one? Newegg? The 3 Mini there was originally $550-600 when it came out and now that everyone knows the phone sucks the price has been reduced to $299 (sometimes it's even cheaper than that). You can get the non-mini for just a few bucks more. The same thing will apply for the 4 mini. STAY AWAY.

RE: downrate if you must,
By MZperX on 5/30/2013 12:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
Including the screen resolution would have been nice. I get it that it's a 4.3" screen but it kinda matters whether it's a 400x240 (j/k), 800x480, 1200x720, or whatever.

RE: downrate if you must,
By BillyBatson on 5/30/2013 2:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yay 1 article straight to the point and without the writers personal feelings leading the article.
It's a first for DT I'll give you that, but it's definitely not the reason why you normally read articles here given that such unbiased articles are rare.

"Mini" in more ways that one.
By cyberguyz on 5/30/2013 10:34:22 AM , Rating: 2
That 8GB if internal memory...

I have an S4 with 16GB memory. Of that 16GB I have about 9GB left to install apps in (I can't install apps on the 64 GB SDCard ... yet).

Given that android itself, the filesystem overhead and Samsung's bloatware eats a solid 7GB of space on my S4, I wonder just what use a measly 1 GB of user space left over on that 8GB will be good for. You can't do much with it for sure. Much as I love my Sammy, I am really not seeing much value in these devices.

If I were in the market for a cheaper smart phone and stuck on Samsung, I think I would be looking at the 16GB GS3 or even the GS2 lines rather than one of these. IMHO it would be money better spent.

RE: "Mini" in more ways that one.
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 12:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
I have seen several people say you can't install apps to SD...while it's not built in, you sure CAN move them, apps2sd, quick and easy.

RE: "Mini" in more ways that one.
By superflex on 5/30/2013 1:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yay, another step to make your smartphone work.
Maybe Sammy could install 16GB as a minimum so their bloated and laggy UI/OS doesn't consume 90% of the storage.
Nah, those Sammy sheeple will buy anything their masters produce.

By Cheesew1z69 on 5/30/2013 3:20:58 PM , Rating: 3
Nah, those Sammy sheeple will buy anything their masters produce.
Says the Apple sheep...BAHHHH!

RE: "Mini" in more ways that one.
By cyberguyz on 5/31/2013 11:41:58 AM , Rating: 2
One thing the Apple folks don't get is that even though I can't install apps on my 64GB SDcard, i can still drop half a dozen ripped Blue-Ray movies, about 8-10GB each, and watch them at full resolution on the flight between Toronto & L.A. without squinting to see them.

Even the mini the 64GB SDCard slot and the ability to store/watch all those movies. Add to that the ability to have dual SIMs and you have a phone that you can use no matter where you go.

So, where does that leave your iPhone? Perhaps you can use it to play solitaire on those long flights.

Baaaaa HaaaaHaaaaHaaaa!

RE: "Mini" in more ways that one.
By cyberguyz on 5/30/2013 2:22:32 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry bro that does not work on jellybean.

Our friends in Google has broken that function (I think google disabled it starting with ICS, but it definitely does nto work in jellybean for sure). Apps2sd no longer works (I've tried it!). This is not jsut a problem for samsung, but it is for any phone running Android 4.0+ that has an external SDCard)

For a raw/rooted android like Cyanogenmod 10.1, you can restore the capability using adb commands.

Samsung however has added further roadblocks to stop people from doing that. Even the Root/ADB hack won't fix it for Samsung's brand of Android.

At present there are no solutions for this beyond going to an 'enthusiast' Android ROM and giving up exFAT support for 64GB SDCards -- one of my CM 10.1 gripes. The exFAT file system has Microshaft patents all over it and can't be ported into the opensource versions of android. Samsung is paying Microsoft's royalties to use exFAT in their phones to get proper 64GB SDCard support.

How things have changed...
By SublimeSimplicity on 5/30/2013 9:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
A 4.3" display is now considered "mini".

RE: How things have changed...
By hughlle on 5/30/2013 9:45:09 AM , Rating: 2
I know. Certainly it's a "mini" in relation to the S4, but i still happily use my htc desire and i consider it's 3.7" screen large. However i guess my reasoning is that my phone to me is a phone. I have no need or desire for a large screen to facilitate viewing photos or watching videos or playing games.

RE: How things have changed...
By CZroe on 5/30/2013 10:35:38 AM , Rating: 2
And the article doesn't even say how big the normal Galaxy S IV is. *facepalm*

I expect it to be edited with such obviously relevant information soon.

RE: How things have changed...
By Motoman on 5/30/2013 11:16:07 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah I don't see any possible way that that's considered a "mini" product.

I was expecting it to be like an iPod Nano kind of thing.

I just "upgraded" myself to a 4" screen phone. Biggest I've ever had. And it's smaller than a "mini?" Please.

RE: How things have changed...
By retrospooty on 5/30/2013 1:41:15 PM , Rating: 3
That would be an S4 Micro ;)

Marketing, marketing
By bug77 on 5/30/2013 10:28:12 AM , Rating: 3
This has nothing to do with SGS4.
It's a decent phone, that's for sure. Probably more than enough for almost every user. But the 1900mAh battery may be a bit undersized. And yes, I know it's difficult to squeeze a large battery into a small(ish) phone.

RE: Marketing, marketing
By Omega215D on 5/30/2013 11:38:40 AM , Rating: 2
The LG Lucid 2 managed to pack a large battery in a smallish phone without being all that thick. The funny thing is people had bad things to say about the display being qHD yet would have no problem with the GS IV Mini having the same res.

By flyingpants1 on 5/30/2013 12:14:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah it's crap but it would wipe the floor with iPhones in sales if they priced it at $0, or $300-400 off-contract. Bet it costs them less than $100 to make..

RE: $0
By superflex on 5/30/2013 1:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
Bet they could install 32Gb of base storage for another $15 too. Who wants a phone with 1Gb of free space?

When I think...
By stevessvt on 5/30/2013 10:31:07 AM , Rating: 3
Of something as being a 'mini', I think same specs in a smaller size. This sounds more like a 'mini' of the U.S. S3 than the S4.

By Visual on 5/31/2013 3:30:32 AM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately there are many versions of the "standard" sgs4, and the comparison tool I'm used to does only compare two at a time.

But to recap, it is reduced to a terrible resolution, less than half the CPU and GPU power, and a bunch of features are cut.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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