Home Your IT Mobility Samsung S4 ‘mini’ not a ‘real’ S4 at all

If you were expecting an S4 in a smaller, more pocketable size you will be disappointed and Samsung needs to have its head read for thinking it can cash in on the world’s most popular smartphone.

The ‘Mini’ will run the S4 SamDroid (TouchWiz 5.0) version of Jelly Bean Android but that is where the similarity ends.

Specs include (S4 in brackets for comparison)

  • 4.3 “, 960x540, 256ppi (5” full HD)
  • 1.7GHz dual core with Adreno 305 GPU (Exynos 5 Octa 8 core or 1.9GHz quad core)
  • 1.9MP front and 8MP rear camera (13MP)
  • 2GB ram, 8GB storage (same and 16/32/64GB)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 64GB (same)
  • 4G model available (same)
  • 1900 mAh battery (2600 mAh)
  • 107g (130g)
  • Supports S4 features like eye tracking, gesture control, IR blaster, NFC, Bluetooth 4, Wi-Fi N, GPS/GLONASS etc.

Samsung dominate the smartphone market and will sell squillions of these simply trading off the S4 name. It is not ‘lying” but its stretching the truth. Still if competitors like Apple can sell a phone without referring to specifications then who am I to argue. In any case it is the software that makes this phone special - see iTWire article. 

I have been analysing the smartphone market and this move makes sense – the S4 has been so popular that it has supply issues, it is still expensive to make and in any case the far lower cost mini is more likely to outperform any iPhone refresh.

The phone will be released on June 20 in London and will take a few months to reach Australia.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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