Galaxy S 4 mini set for sale by U.S. carriers in November
Samsung announced a mini 4.3-in. version of the Galaxy S4 will go on sale in November over four U.S. carriers.
Though clearly smaller in almost every other dimension, the Galaxy S4 mini is a bit thicker than the Galaxy S 4, by 0.04 inches. Otherwise, the mini’s appearance and shape is almost identical to the larger version.
Dimensions of the Galaxy S 4 mini are 4.9-in. x 2.4-in. x 0.35-in. It weighs 3.8 ounces and has a 4.3-in. Super AMOLED touchscreen. The full-sized Galaxy S4 has a 5-in. display and measures 5.38-in. x 2.74-in. x 0.31-in. The GS4 weighs 4.59 ounces.
“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs [and] the Galaxy S4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile, in a statement.
Pricing and the exact dates the mini will go on sale will be announced by carriers AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. Each will carry the phone in black or white.
The larger Galaxy S4 also runs on Android 4.2.2 but has a larger 1.9 GHz quad core processor and a rear 13 megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front shooter. It also supports NFC, but has a larger 2600 mAh battery.
The display of the mini is rated at only 960 x 540 pixels, or 256 pixels per inch, with the Galaxy S4 rated at 1920 x 1080, or 441 ppi. The mini has 16GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded by another 64GB–the same as with the Galaxy S4.
Soon after the Galaxy S4 mini launches, it will be compatible with the $300 Galaxy Gear smartphone watch, Samsung said.
The mini even has an S-View Flip Cover, sold separately, the same as the Galaxy S4.
Samsung promoted several software features in the mini, which offer the ability to enhance photos with a panorama feature seen in the Galaxy S4. The mini smartphone can also be used as a TV remote control device or to share files to other Galaxy smartphones via S Beam, which relies upon NFC and Bluetooth wireless.