Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the GS4

Following the success of its flagship handset, the Galaxy S4, Samsung has announced that it will launch a smaller version of the device.

The S4 Mini closely resembles its larger sibling.
(Credit: Samsung)

Aptly named the Galaxy S4 Mini, the manufacturer will release 4G, 3G and 3G dual-SIM models. While pricing and availability locations remain unknown, a few key specs were released. As you can see from the chart below, not only is the new device physically smaller, it also has some less powerful hardware features.

For example, it has an 8-megapixel camera (compared with the GS4's 13-megapixel), a dual-core CPU and a 1900mAh battery.

That doesn't mean the phone is at all entry-level, however. In and of itself, the GS4 Mini is a promising device. It would appear that after hearing gripes about the GS4 being "too big", the Mini is a solution for users who want a GS4, but in a smaller, more easy-to-manage package.

Spec Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Samsung Galaxy S4

Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Dimensions 4.91x2.41x0.35 inches; 3.8 ounces 5.38x2.71x0.31 inches; 4.6 ounces
Display 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED; 1920x1080 pixels, 441ppi
4G LTE Yes, in addition to 3G and 3G dual-SIM versions Yes
NFC Yes (LTE version only) Yes
Rear camera and recording 8-megapixel 13-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 1.9-megapixel 2-megapixel
Processor 1.7GHz dual-core processor 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (LTE version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa
Capacity 8GB; 1.5GB RAM 16GB, 32GB, 64GB; 2GB RAM
Expandable memory Up to 64GB Up to 64GB
Battery 1900mAh 2600mAh
Available colors Black, white Black, white, blue, purple, and brown coming later this year


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ADSLNerd posted a comment   

Great, more Samsung overpriced plastic "toy" phones, and get ripped off again. Plus a clunky OS that has more security holes than swiss cheese. Plus the App store / iTunes is a lot larger than anything else.

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