Samsung confirms its Galaxy S4 mini uses Snapdragon 400 chip
0. phoneArena 03 Jun 2013, 04:56 posted on
This bit of information may have been revealed by benchmarks already, but it is good to have an official statement on the matter as well. All of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini variants use a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, as the Korean tech giant confirmed for us. In particular, the chips in question are...
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1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 3748; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Snapdragon 400 on a mid range? Not bad!
23. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
HTC Desire 600 and Xperia SP got better CPU I guess?
24. tech2 (Posts: 826; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Some people are too spoiled to appreciate a product without a condescending tone !
Arguably, this phone has perhaps the best specs for a 4.3 inch screen mid-range phone !
29. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
HTC Desire 600 got better specs Mr.tech.
30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2953; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Even the XSP is better than both!
Except for the stereo speakers i think.
36. tech2 (Posts: 826; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Xperia SP is only better in the display department. Rest of the spec sheet is more or less the same.
But, IMO I'll take the saturated colors of AMOLED rather than washed out colors & of Xperia's TFT display
Also, GS4 mini supports android 4.2 and Xperia SP doesn't.
39. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2953; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Update will come soon...
It's not only the display, the GPU is better too...
But, there are things which makes the S4 mini stand out before these two.
40. tech2 (Posts: 826; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Oops I missed about the GPU !! Yup, I agree with you then, if priced similarly then Xperia SP is the way to go !
But TBH, Sony is not that trust worthy when it comes to updates especially in comparison to Samsung.
Even their flagship, Xperia Z is not yet updated (or close to being updated) to 4.2
41. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2953; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Agreed. If price similar then it's XSP.
Samsung can't be beat on updates, that's true.
What i'm thinking is, when the XZ gets updated, it will come along with updates for most of the new Xperia line, some. if not all.
Cause almost all share the same DNA.
32. TylerGrunter (Posts: 705; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I wonder how, at least in CPU/GPU and screen quality is worse.
HTC D600 uses a Snapdragon 200 instead of 400.
Cortex A5 @1.2 GHz compared to Kraits 200 @1.4 GHz
Adreno 203 against Adreno 305.
So the mini has 50% advantage in both CPU and GPU, beter screen and size.
May I ask how you call that having better specs?
33. tech2 (Posts: 826; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
I don't think so. GS4 mini is better in almost every department. Primary being 1.5 GB and Snapdragon 400 as against 1 GB RAM and Snapdragon 200. Check it out yourself:
56. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
GS4 mini dual core 1.9 ghz
HTC Desire 600 quad core 1.2 ghz
Xperia SP dual core 1.7 ghz.
27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2953; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Not bad i agree...but the price will decide its fate!
Waiting for the entry level Galaxy S4 Mini Macro!!
28. xperiaDROID (Posts: 3748; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Yup, the price will decide it's fate.
And Galaxy S4 Mini Macro? So the screen will be downgraded to 3.5", I guess....... :)
38. tadaa (Posts: 133; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
I bet when they review this they would say that it has adequate specs for the price range even though it sports the same processor as the xperia l
4. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
Samsung should keep this trend. A downgraded version of their flagship should not feature mediocre specs like the S3 mini to S3. Keep it up.
7. FlushGordon (unregistered)
They Skimped the resolution to obviously NOT cannibalize the S3....a somewhat a greedy move...Had this been a 720p I would've had it in an instant
13. Yeahman (Posts: 33; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
It's qHD RGB vs HD PenTile, the difference is not that big.
43. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The GS2 to GS3 was a huge difference in screen quality to my eyes. Even accounting for PenTile, half-HD gives you almost double the pixels. Yes, RGB stripe AMOLED was nice on the GS2, but only compared to the GS1.
48. Nick_T (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 May 2011)
It isn't exactly a traditional RGB pixel arrangement, but it is no PenTile either. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini has that same pixel arrangement seen on the galaxy note II, with a vertical blue stripe and a horizontal green and red stripes to its right.
It looks like this:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F
50. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I think that would make more sense on a larger HD screen like the Note 2. I can't see why they wouldn't just use SAMOLED+ since they proved it (to quite a bit of acclaim) on 4.3" screens 2 years ago.
14. tech_lover (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)
will it offer better performance than galaxy s2?
21. P-addicted (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
sure dude this phone got better specs than s2
26. FlushGordon (unregistered)
But why pay a QHD screen resolution for an upper mid-range price?
35. TylerGrunter (Posts: 705; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Because there is no other on that size with better screen.
Sad but true.
47. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
Galaxy S2 has only 800 X 480 but its direct competitor HTC Sensation had 540p; this S4 mini also has 540p, so, it is still an upgrade over Galaxy S2.
53. tech_lover (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)
excluding 720p screen in s3..is s4 mini better than s3?
55. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
S3 is better.
15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1556; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
S4 Pro could have been better than this with a HD screen.
25. G4Mini (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
Precision : the SoC is Snapdragon 400 8930AB (1.7 GHz dual-core Krait 300 w/ Adreno 305), not the SoC is Snapdragon 400 8930, which only has a 1.4 GHz dual-core Krait 200.
34. TylerGrunter (Posts: 705; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Where did you get that info from?
PA says otherwise:
And the CPU difference is quite someting if you are right.
42. Nick_T (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Yes, I think you're right. It has to be the 8x30AB because the 8x30 can go up to 1.2GHz, according to Qualcomm. The 1.4GHz max frequency listed in Wikipedia is wrong.
49. TylerGrunter (Posts: 705; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Seems about right
"The phone is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor"
44. JMartin22 (Posts: 400; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
At least their mid-ranged Mini offering will be more powerful than the similarly sized international variant of the Galaxy S II. They still could have done a bit better with the resolution. 720p is basically a mid-ranged spec at this point.
52. docj8404 (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I personally couldn't fathom using any device smaller than 4.7 inches, but because I know there's a vast market for those who don't care for the bigger display phones, it would be nice if OEMs would make 4.3-4.5 inch displays with 720p displays opposed to the qHD resolutions or less. The upcoming HTC M4 will hopefully set some new standards in regards to those who want a powerful device in a more compact form, as they should no longer have to compromise in a lot of these areas.
Not to say that this device S4 Mini won't be a hit, but I'm sure I'm not the only one tired of seeing OEMs create devices with nice specifications & great potential, only to skimp out in one or two important areas that would of made the device all that much more attractive: In this particular circumstance, it's the display & GPU that I find to be lacking to some degree. Somehow, smaller Android devices have become synonymous with "mid-range", which, going forward, should be corrected.
Just my thoughts.
54. Eonnaydra (Posts: 179; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)
Hmmmm,the spec are good,but I think that we should wait for HTC M4 (One Mini).I bet it is gonna be an awesome device.
57. G4Mini (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)
According to the rumors, it would be less powerful, but would have more RAM (2GB).
By the way, will the LTE version of the S4Mini have 2GB of RAM ??