With a trio of Samsung Galaxy S4 spinoffs set to hit retailers in the coming weeks, the South Korean Manufacturer has confirmed it will not produce any further iterations of its flagship phone.
Having flogged the Samsung Galaxy S4 cashcow to within an inch of its life, Samsung has suggested the Galaxy S4 family is now complete, with the flagship model to be supported by a trio of spinoffs but no more. Staggering the unveiling of the S4 offspring, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom have all been unveiled in recent weeks.
“With the arrival of the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom we can finally say the Galaxy S4 range is complete,” DJ Lee, President and Head of Sales and Marketing for Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications Division said.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently the must-have handset on the smartphone scene, concerns have been expressed about the device’s brand appeal being diluted beyond repair by too many spinoff devices coming to market.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 plays host to a high-end array of innards including a 5-inch 1080p Full HD display, quad-core processor and a 13-megapixel rear-mounted camera, the trio of existing spinoffs have failed to replicate the S4’s full potential, instead playing host to their own party piece features.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini lines up as a 4.3-inch mid-market device that shares little with the S4 beyond a similar design principle. It is a direct replacement to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and boasts a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera. Targeting a cheaper price point, the S4 Mini is an entry point into the S4 brand.
Providing added protection, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is an IP67 certified spinoff which can be submerged under a metre of water for up to 30 minutes. Retaining the S4’s 5-inch form the Active again drops to an 8-megapixel snapper but sports the same 1.9GHz quad-core processor as the flagship model.
Going in the opposite direction and improving on the S4’s snapper, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom hosts a 16-megapixel snapper with a 10x optical zoom. Adding considerable bulk, the Zoom is a compact camera turn smartphone hybrid, again running a 4.3-inch display.