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Samsung Galaxy S4 mini gets hands-on vid, is it better than the S3 mini?

evan kypreos


Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Three UK has posted a hands-on video of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, officially announced just yesterday by Samsung.

In the video Brendan Arndt, Device Portfolio Manager for Three UK, describes the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini as a device that brings the best features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in a smaller package.

“Some of you have told me you don’t want to carry around a 5-inch phone because it’s simply too big” Brendan Arndt tells us in the video.

Watch the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini video here:

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. The 8GB of internal storage can be bumped up by a further 64GB via microSD. It runs Google’s latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and features the new TouchWiz UI functionalities including S Translator and S Health.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini features Sound and Shoot, Story Album, S Travel, Panorama Shot and other new photographic options showcased in the Samsung Galaxy S4 but comes with an 8 megapixel rear facing camera as opposed the S4’s 13 megapixel offering.

It is slightly taller than the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, the phone it’s set to replace, but it smaller and lighter in all other aspects.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will launch in White Frost and Black Mist colours but there no official release data has been announced.

Analysis: We weren’t particularly impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini but we will have to wait and see how the Galaxy S4 mini fares when we get our hands on it. It looks a little like a “tick the boxes” upgrade from its predecessor – 4G, slightly better screen resolution, slightly upgraded camera, CPU and battery. It is a clear step up and the Galaxy S4 mini is a decent contender in the mid-range phone category but much will depend on its price. The S3 mini suffered not because of performance but because it was too pricey when compared to other similarly specced phones. We hope Samsung don’t trade on the Galaxy S4 name's desirability to put a premium price on the S4 mini.

Next read our Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 comparison


May 31, 2013, 10:46 am

don't think that i could own a Sammie... the brand is diluted for me by too many bad phones. the S series is supposed to be the premium line, so why does the mini have last gen internals? surely it should be the same as the standard S4 just smaller. Then the whole use of the Galaxy name for 101 useless phones.

HTC seem to be on the correct track by creating a phone that looks and feels premium, and they hopefully wont start calling every low spec phone a One something or other. A One XL, One and One Mini for 6, 5 and 4 inch, all sporting top end internals.

It's like they dont seem to realise that it is precisely the lack of choice that makes the iPhone so successful. It is not diluted by an "iPhone Universe Amazing Butterfly 3 S" running iffy single core, low RAM internals with a heavily modified laggy UI and a low res screen...


June 1, 2013, 10:56 pm

"don't think that i could own a Sammie... the brand is diluted for me by too many bad phones"

If 'phone X' is great in its own right, how is that affected by any number of other variants? Maybe it's an image thing? The name loses its cachet if lesser models are hanging on its coat tails?


June 3, 2013, 8:31 am

100% an image thing. i know all i should care about is the phone itself, but part of me can't stand knowing that there is an inferior phone out there with the same name as my phone. I will admit, not everyone will feel like this, but a lot of people care about the brands they own.

It's like owning an ultra luxury car from KIA.... it might be the best car in the world, but ultimately it feels like a budget brand, and i am ashamed to admit, part of the joy of owning an object is the sense of comfort i get from owning a respected brand.

I own a Nexus 4, an inferior phone to the S4, but which makes me feel as if i own a brand that does not compromise its brand by creating budget phones.

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