Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Active, Zoom SA prices, new launch dates

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Active, and Zoom smartphones will soon be available in South Africa, a Vodacom spokesperson has told MyBroadband.

Vodacom previously told MyBroadband that it planned to launch the new batch of Galaxy S4 devices towards the end of July at select stores, with wider availability expected in August 2013.

Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE, Vodacom has confirmed that the devices will be available at stores from 1 August 2013. The S4 Mini in particular, is already available at select Vodacom stores.

Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE much later than expected

The launch of the Galaxy S4 LTE, unfortunately, has been pushed back even further, with Vodacom saying they expect to launch it “sometime in September 2013.”

MTN, when asked about its plans for the new Galaxy S4 devices, said that the S4 LTE is still in testing.

“We are expecting to range it and shall announce its availability when… appropriate,” MTN said.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Mini, and Zoom prices

The table below summarises the specifications of the devices along with the prices provided by Vodacom and Cell C:

Packages S4 Mini S4 Active S4 Zoom
Vodacom cash price R5,699 R8,999 R6,499
Vodacom Smart S R299 R399 R349
Cell C Straight Up 100 R289 N/A N/A
Cell C Straight Up 200 R369 N/A N/A
Specs S4 Mini S4 Active S4 Zoom
Dimensions 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm 139.7 x 71.3 x 9.1mm 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4mm
Weight 107g (3G dual SIM version: 108g) 151g 208g (3G dual SIM version: 108g)
Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2
Display 4.3″ qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED 5″ full HD (1080×1920) 4.3″ qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED
Rear camera 8MP 8MP 16MP
Front camera 1.9MP 2MP 1.9MP
Storage, internal 8GB 16GB 8GB
Storage, expandable microSD microSD microSD
RAM 1.5GB 2GB 1.5GB
Processor 1.7GHz dual-core (Krait*) 1.9GHz quad-core (Krait*) 1.5GHz dual-core
Graphics Adreno 305 * Adreno 320 * Mali-400 *
Battery 1,900mAh 2,600mAh 2,330mAh
Cellular data HSPA, LTE optional HSPA, LTE optional HSPA, LTE optional
SIM type Micro SIM Micro SIM Micro SIM
NFC LTE version only Yes Yes
Promotional data and SMS on price plans available until 6 August 2013
Specs marked * are from reports and not the official spec sheets

Cell C said that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, LTE, and Zoom are not on their device roadmap.

MTN said that its prices on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE hasn’t been provided yet, and that the S4 Active is not in their immediate plans.

Telkom Mobile did not respond by the time of publication.

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