Following its unexpectedly early launch it became clear that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini features some impressive components and capabilities in spite of its mid-range nature. Of course expectations are bound to be high for this device since it is designed to emulate the full sized Galaxy S4 while being a little more affordable than its class-topping comrade. So what does the Galaxy S4 mini actually have to offer and if you were to compare the S4 vs the S4 mini, which would come out on top?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini gets off to a good start with a 1.7GHz dual core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, which should be enough to keep it feeling like a powerful device even when it is handling multiple tasks at once. The screen uses a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED panel with a qHD resolution, which means that it is fairly similar to the display used on the two year old Galaxy S2. There is just 8GB of built in storage space, of which 5GB will actually be usable, but with a microSD card slot you can always add more if you need it.
An eight megapixel primary camera and a 1.9MP secondary snapper complete the hardware package and all of this is wrapped up in a chassis that weighs just 107 grams and is under 9mm thick. Press shots suggest that the Galaxy S4 mini might even be more aesthetically appealing than the full sized S4.
TouchWiz Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Features
Android Jelly Bean is adorned with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface (UI) to bring the Galaxy S4 mini features to life. Users can interact with the phone through Air Gestures and also use convenient features like Group Play, which allows multiple users to share the same media playback experience whenever they are in range of one another.
It is good to see these elements filtering down into Samsung’s value-oriented smartphones, since it suggests that a wider audience will soon be getting features which were previously reserved for the high end.
It is difficult not to think of the Galaxy S4 mini as being the modern equivalent of the Galaxy S2. As previously mentioned it shares a similar display and benefits from faster internal hardware while combining this with the latest versions of Android and TouchWiz. This shows how technology which was once at the very top of the smartphone industry can become part of a mid-range or even budget handset within 24 months or less.
When it comes to the Galaxy S4 vs S4 mini, things are a little harder to judge. The smaller, cheaper device cannot match up to the quad core CPU of its stable-mate, nor is its camera going to equal the 13 megapixel sensor available on the more expensive model. However, Samsung seems keen to pack in as many of its smart features as possible so that the Galaxy S4 mini is basically able to offer functionality that is equivalent to the S4.
With a SIM free price point of 329, the Galaxy S4 mini could be a big seller when its July 5th launch date arrives. It is not likely to siphon sales away from the Galaxy S4 because of course these two models address different market segments. So for mobile buyers who want to upgrade this summer, Samsung is going to be looking like an appealing manufacturer to pick.
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