We’d seen quite a few pictures, but now its official: Samsung’s bringing mid-range Galaxy S4 mini to the world. Following the same design-language of full-size Galaxy S4, the miniature model packs 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display (16:9 aspect ratio), a dual-core 1.7GHz processor which is complemented by 1.5GB of RAM.
The phone is just 8.94mm thin, weighs 107 grams and has only a single pair of cameras on board: one 1.9-megapixel imager for front-facing shots (video calls), and an 8-megapixel camera around back. With Galaxy S4 mini, you will get exclusive camera features such as ‘Sound & Shot’, which lets you record up to nine seconds of audio alongside a still image. Another feature ‘Panorama Shot’ will allow you to create awesome panoramas. Unlike its bigger brother, the smartphone can’t use both the cameras at the same time.
There’s also 8GB of onboard storage, an SD card slot for up to 64GB of additional storage and a 1900mAh battery inside which promises to allow owners of the Galaxy S4 mini to be able to use all day long with maximized performance. The phone runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system out of the box.
There’s LTE support in 6 band sets, plus 3G HSPA and dual-SIM 3G versions for certain select markets.
The phone’s main selling point is the success of its big brother Galaxy S4 which found its way into10 million pockets in less than a month. And being a mid-sized smartphone, the Galaxy S4 mini will appeal to every consumer and will strengthen Samsung’s position in the smartphone market.
Even JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics, said the device followed “unprecedented demands” for the original Galaxy S4.
Samsung vice president Simon Stanford said the company expects the Mini variant will get a similarly positive reaction.
“Demand for the Galaxy S4 has been phenomenal since it launched in April and we hope to build on this success with the Galaxy S4 Mini. This new handset is the ideal smartphone companion for anyone who wants a compact device packed with innovation” .
The galaxy S4 mini smartphone will be retailing initially in two colors – White Frost and Black Mist. The device’s pricing and availability will be disclosed at the ‘Premiere 2013′ event in London on June 20 where the device will be launched officially. All invited partners will be provided hands-on product experiences of GALAXY S4 mini at Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV event. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.
Galaxy S4 Mini Press Images