Samsung has announced on Wednesday, that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is making its way to the U.S. and will arrive there in November. Describing the device as a "compact smartphone" with some of the features you'd find in the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung says the device is just 4.9 inches x 2.4 inches. Equipped with a 4.3 inch display with resolution of 540 x 960 (qHD), the phone is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage inside. The latter can be expanded using the 64GB capacity microSD slot. A 1900mAh removable battery keeps the lights on and Android 4.2.2 is pre-installed. A software update soon after the launch of the phone will make it compatible with the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Other features include special modes for the 8MP rear facing camera such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, and Panorama that allow anyone to take pictures with special effects.The zero shutter lag means having the camera at the ready, waiting for you to document any occasion or situation that comes up. WatchON allows you to use the handset as a remote for your television, and Easy Mode allows those not familiar with Android or smartphones in general, to have a home screen layout with a browser, calendar, camera and messaging. Lastly, S Beam helps you transfer large files containing photos, videos and documents to another S Beam equipped phone with a tap of the two devices.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will be available in Black Mist and White Frost from Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and U.S. Cellular.
"Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs. The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor."-Gregory Lee, president, Samsung Mobile
Dallas, TX — October 23, 2013 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, a compact smartphone featuring some of the most popular Galaxy S 4 experiences, will be available in the U.S. beginning in November. The Galaxy S 4 mini is just 4.9in x 2.4in and is packed with Samsung flagship experiences like WatchOn™, S Beam™ and advanced camera features.
“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”
Outstanding Galaxy Features:
The Galaxy S 4 mini has some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in a compact form factor to enrich the user experience.
-Intuitive Camera Interface: The Galaxy S 4 mini’s 8-megapixel camera has zero shutter lag allowing users to document special moments without delay. The Galaxy S 4 mini is equipped with the familiar and easy-to-navigate user interface found on the Galaxy S 4 and supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer.
-WatchON: Control your television using the Galaxy S 4 mini as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with a Smart Remote that is functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy S 4 mini to a TV effortlessly, as well as look for something to watch in a new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
-Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the phone easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4 mini, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.
-Simple Sharing: Quickly and easily transfer large files, such as videos and documents, to other Galaxy phones with S Beam. Touch the back of the Galaxy S 4 mini to any S Beam enabled phone and share without needing a Wi-Fi® connection or cell signal. Users are able to simultaneously enjoy music, photos, documents and games with friends through the Group Play™ function.
The Galaxy S 4 mini is designed with a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED™ (960 X 540) display with 256DPI. The Galaxy S 4 mini will run on Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and includes a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of internal RAM. It is powered by a removable 1,900 mAh battery and features an expandable memory of up to 64GB to complement the 16GB of standard onboard storage.†
The Galaxy S 4 mini will receive a software update soon after launch and will be compatible with Galaxy Gear™, Samsung’s first wearable smartphone experience. Galaxy Gear extends the Galaxy S 4 mini experience to your wrist and enhances everyday moments with real time updates for quick and convenient access.
The Galaxy S 4 mini comes in Black Mist and White Frost color options, and will be available beginning next month. Wireless carriers will announce their specific availability, colors and timing. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular will carry the Galaxy S 4 mini.
Accessorize the Galaxy S 4 mini with the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover that has a clear window to view a text message or missed call notification, answer or reject a call, and view the battery status. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover comes in black and white color options to add style- while protecting the device and providing privacy. Flip Covers are also available without the S-View window in an array of colors including black, white, light blue, and pink.