Those expecting a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a smaller screen from the “mini” may be disappointed, though, as there are some significant differences in hardware between the two.
The biggest difference is the processor of the S4 mini, which Samsung said will be a 1.7GHz dual core chip.
This falls well short of the Galaxy S4, and to some degree even last year’s S3 which had a quad-core processor.
The S4 mini also has a little less RAM than its “big brother”, but outdoes the Galaxy S3 by around 500MB, according to the spec sheets.
Samsung has also dropped the 13 megapixel (MP) camera of the Galaxy S4, with the S4 Mini’s camera specification more closely resembling the S3 than the S4.
Brand creates expectation
The Korean electronics giant pulled the same bait-and-switch with the Galaxy S3 Mini last year, which had hardware that more closely resembled the Galaxy S2, even though it bore the S3’s name.
This doesn’t mean that the S3 Mini didn’t offer good value for money, or that the new S4 Mini won’t.
Assuming the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini lands in South Africa at around the same price the S3 Mini did (R4,599 RRP at launch, R3,800 at Orange ZA today), on paper it actually seems to offer pretty good value.
You must just remember that if it says “mini” behind the name of a Samsung product it’s not just the screen that’s been “minified”, and that the hardware more closely resembles that of the previous generation than the current one.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S4 mini||Samsung Galaxy S3||Samsung Galaxy S3 mini|
|Dimensions||136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm||124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm||121.55 x 63 x 9.9mm|
|Weight||130g||107g (3G dual SIM version: 108g)||133g||112.2g|
|Operating system||Android 4.2.2||Android 4.2.2||Android 4.1||Android 4.1|
|Display||5″ 1080p HD (1080×1920)||4.3-inch qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED||4.8″ 720p (720×1280) Super AMOLED||4.0″ WVGA (480×800) Super AMOLED|
|Front camera||2MP||1.9MP||1.9MP||VGA (sub-1MP)|
|Processor||Exynos Octa 5410: 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 + 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 (3G only) / 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon (LTE)||1.7GHz dual-core (Krait 200*)||1.4GHz Exynos 4212 quad||1GHz dual core|
|Graphics||PowerVR SGX 544MP / Adreno 320||Adreno 305*||Mali-400MP||Mali-400|
|Cellular data||LTE and HSPA+ models||HSPA, LTE||21Mbps HSPA+||HSPA|
|NFC||Yes||LTE version only||Yes||Optional|
|* Unconfirmed specs via GSMArena|