Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is now official, coming in June
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
May 30, 2013
Strong performance and exceptional user experience
in a sleek, highly portable device is designed to meet a variety of customers’ taste
SEOUL, Korea 17:00KST - May 30, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, a powerful yet compact version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone, GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the GALAXY S4 in a highly portable, chic and compact design, making it an ideal companion for everyday life.
“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages ,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship GALAXY S4 experience.”
With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 107g light weight and compact design, the GALAXY S4 mini is easy to carry and operate with one hand. Though compact, the GALAXY S4 mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor that allows users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks.
The GALAXY S4 mini supports many intuitive features and services provided by the GALAXY S4, designed enhance every facet of life.
• Capture Important Moments
The GALAXY S4 mini allows users to capture important moments with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features such as Sound&Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as pictures are taken, and Panorama Shot, which allows users to photograph the full view of their surroundings, ensure no memory is lost. Receive travel assistance and information service through the preloaded
S Travel application, which can also recommend future trips and provide a guide along the way. Users can also automatically arrange photos in a smart format with the Story Album function. Photos taken by GALAXY S4 mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.
• Share and Connect
Samsung GALAXY S4 mini allows users to share and build true connections. Users can simultaneously listen to the same music and play the games together with friends using Group Play feature, and chat with multiple friends and add animations, voice and video recordings to messages using ChatON.
• Make Life Simple and Easy
from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an intergraded search when users browse a keyword, the results will show related content from all of the services at once.Users can also control their TVs through WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the GALAXY S4 mini into a remote to control the user’s TVs, set-top box, and DVD player. Through WatchON, The GALAXY S4 mini also offers a broad selection of entertainment content
including live TV, cable TV and video on demand based on the rich information provided EPG (Electronic Program Guide). Samsung Link＊ also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung digital devices.＊available in select countries
• Take Care of Health and Well-being
The GALAXY S4 mini empowers users by keeping them up-to-date with personal health and well-being details. Downloadable from Samsung Apps, S Health enables users to monitor caloric balance and health condition. S Health accessories can also help users calculate daily steps, monitor sleeping patterns, calculate weight and get real-time heart monitoring. To further protect users’ wellbeing, Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing
experience customized for each type of application, and Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user.
The GALAXY S4 mini will be available in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist. Commercial availability of the GALAXY S4 mini supporting either 4G LTE, or 3G HSPA＋ or 3G Dual SIM, will be determined by market.
Media quests and invited partners will be provided hands-on product experiences of GALAXY S4 mini at Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV, London, Thursday, June 20th.
1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
That's a great deal, this phone is between mid to high end
2. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
samsung target launching fone for every market ... low end to high end .... thats y samsung gaining position every where .... even beat nokia in their home land ( Finland)
20. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 304; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
This could be a great upgrade for those people still sporting the Galaxy S2 who haven't upgraded because they like the 4.3" form factor. The S4 mini has over the S2 a newer Android version, a higher res screen (540x960 vs 480x800), more RAM (1.5GB vs 1GB), a larger battery (1900mAh vs 1650mAh), and most likely a newer more efficient and faster dual core (~1.6GHz vs 1.2GHz).
28. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
perfect saying.... that y samsung release mini (upgraded s2 ) version
29. flexile (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
Samsung will fail with the pricing. Let's be honest, the phone looks right on paper, but let's not forget SIII mini was priced a bit expensive when launched.
36. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
I agree the s3 mini off contract was expensive and am sure this will be similar or even more but in the UK where most phones are sold on contract the deals were great...you could get it for less £20 a month and am sure the s4 will be available for that too..I really think this will be a hit, to many period this will really be a smaller and sightly cheaper s4 even though us people in the know how know that's not really the case.. if this had a 720p screen and a quad core I may have even chosen this over the original s4
3. uchihakurtz (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I'd buy this if the price is below or at least on par with Xperia SP
23. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Fair enough to get it if cheaper than the SP but if this piece costs the same, SP is much better.
30. flexile (Posts: 70; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)
I'm pretty sure S4 mini will be more expensive. SIII mini costs almost the same as Xperia SP where I live.
34. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
By the time it will be available in market(1-2 months from now) the price of Xperia SP will go even cheaper. And if history repeats there's no chance it will be cheaper than SP. And if that's the case then there's no reason to buy this phone except the smaller form factor of S4 mini.
4. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
If the price isn't right the Xperia SP could be a better choice.
31. Eonnaydra (Posts: 207; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
SP is better than S3.It has higher scores in benchmarks than S3.
33. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
I know those synthetic benchmarks of the SP are better than the S3 but some people might want to consider some Samsung devices and the better option in Samsung is the S3, for the Sony side it is the SP.
39. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
Like S3 is cheaper than SP, eh?
41. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 425; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Well, in my country, the Philippines, Sony Mobile PH in Facebook posted their Xperia SP price of 19,990 pesos ($500 est.) and the Samsung Galaxy SIII costs the same.
8. FlushGordon (unregistered)
It still baffles me why they didn't make it at least 720p.
Even those super cheap China phones sport 720p these days....oh well
9. osmaankhaan (unregistered)
Perfect size, weight, hardware, software and screen size and 107 gms in weight thats a milestone!
13. FlushGordon (unregistered)
My Shill radar is beeping
10. itsjustJOH (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)
That is freaking light! If it would be priced lower than SP, it's a sure winner. Please be as low as the Xperia L?
35. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
R u dreaming man!! Its Samsung's midrange flagship, there's no way it will be priced as same as Xperia L. And there's even a chance that it will be priced higher than SP.
14. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
So light, Cheap plastic suspected. Yes. Thumb me down. I just had to say it.
I simply dont like phones that are too light.
16. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Phones need a decent 120-150 grams of weight to feel solid.
21. tech2 (Posts: 2046; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Firstly, phones don't 'need a decent 120-150 grams of weight' that's your opinion and preference. No need to generalize your preference as 'need'
Secondly, why blame plastic for its light weightiness ? iPhone 5 has aluminium shell but still only weighs 112 grams. So its not plastic to blame.
Lastly, what do you mean by 'cheap' plastic ? Polycarbonate plastic costs almost the same as aluminium and FYI, almost everyone phone on this planet except iphone 5 and HTC One has plastic build. Just because two phones don't use plastic that doesn't make plastic 'cheap'
24. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
How about, stripping a Lumia 920 or HTC One X apart, take its housing/case and put it side by side with Samsung's. Samsung's plastic is softer, thinner, feels flimsy and cheap. If you dont compare a few devices side by side or experience it yourself you wont notice it. Samsung;s plastic crack rather easily as well.
37. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
I've had 3 Samsung phones and have not had a single crack... The back plate is thin but that's too keep the phone thin and keep removable back.. the Nokia phones like the Lumia have a thicker plastic because they were going for the unibody design.
18. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 May 2013)
Im with you. I dont like light phpnes..
Note2's weight makes it feel premium even though it s plastic
19. Sondae (Posts: 187; Member since: 02 Jan 2013)
I really like the specs of samsung galaxy s4 mini probably i will get one of this. I just hope its not as the price of s3 though.
22. johnriii (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
the S3 is going to be cheaper just about anywhere you look. I believe the high end price on the S3 under contract is $99, and local walmarts have it for $39.88. there is no way this phone would be less expensive than the S3. personally, I would go with the S3, since it's being upgraded to 4.2.2 as we speak.
25. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2625; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Optimus F7 gonna beat this and Xperia SP. LG pls launch it soon and with lesser price than these 2.
26. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Seems like a good deal though people for a smaller sized phone may want to see what the HTC m4 may bring!
27. mydi.maus (unregistered)
32. superkuiken (Posts: 44; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)
Wow, in my country, a Galaxy SIII is $100 cheaper.
38. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)
Xperia SP is wayyyyy better IMO. Even the Xperia T/TL which had a severe price cut (u can get 1 for as low as $280 in some outlets) would be a bettter choice than this.
40. najib1312 (Posts: 99; Member since: 08 May 2013)
If u still insist on getting a 4.3" device, I would suggest Xperia V, which has a HD Display, 4G LTE connectivity & waterproof.
I'm not a Sony fanatic, I'm just a regular tech guy. It's just that Sony phones are more stylish & cheaper than the overrated Samsung phones. Even when S3 mini was released, it was way too overpriced and overrated (our beloved PA rated it 8.9/10!) so I recommended Xperia P.