Samsung confirms its Galaxy S4 mini uses Snapdragon 400 chip

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: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Even the XSP is better than both! Except for the stereo speakers i think.

36. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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:http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5375&idPhone2=5465

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: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not bad i agree...but the price will decide its fate! Waiting for the entry level Galaxy S4 Mini Macro!!

28. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 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

51. tswsabeer

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Probably dual core.

4. thethird

Posts: 72; Member since: Mar 28, 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: 34; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

It's qHD RGB vs HD PenTile, the difference is not that big.

43. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 184; Member since: May 27, 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/File:Samsung_Galaxy_Note_2_subpixels.jpg

50. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: 26; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

will it offer better performance than galaxy s2?

21. P-addicted

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 03, 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: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Because there is no other on that size with better screen. Sad but true.

47. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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: 26; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

excluding 720p screen in s3..is s4 mini better than s3?

55. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

S3 is better.

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

S4 Pro could have been better than this with a HD screen.

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