Samsung US announced earlier today that they are bringing the company's 'Mini' phone to the US market. Dubbed as the Galaxy S4 Mini, this device does exactly as the name suggests, shrink the flagship Smartphone into a more pocketable form factor than ever. In the process, the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED panel gets replaced by a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) AMOLED display. Also, a far inferior 1.7 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 chipset with Adreno 305 powers the S4 Mini (as compared to the Exynos 5 Octa in the flagship). RAM sits at 1.5 GB, whereas internal memory is 16 GB (expandable). Samsung has the multimedia front covered with a "zero shutter lag" 8 megapixel unit. Whereas self-portrait lovers will have to be satisfied with the 1.9 MP front snapper.
The Galaxy S4 Mini will be offered by four major US carriers - AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular, starting this November. S View covers for the Galaxy S4 Mini will also go on sale around the same time. For people who don't like contracts, expect the unlocked price of this device to hover below the $400 mark.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini Coming to the U.S. Next Month
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.