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Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Mini

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The Galaxy S4 Mini has many of its namesake's features in a smaller package.

Samsung has released a more compact version of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The S4 Mini has a petite 4.3-inch display (compared to its 5-inch predecessor) and an 8-megapixel rear camera (compared to the Galaxy S4's 13MP). Both devices run Android 4.2.2 and offer Samsung's built-in camera software features like Sound & Shot, Best Photo, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama and Continuous Shot.

From Samsung's press release:

“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages ,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship GALAXY S4 experience.” 
 
With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 107g light weight and compact design, the GALAXY S4 mini is easy to carry and operate with one hand. Though compact, the GALAXY S4 mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor that allows users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks. 
 
The GALAXY S4 mini supports many intuitive features and services provided by the GALAXY S4, designed enhance every facet of life.
 
Capture Important Moments
The GALAXY S4 mini allows users to capture important moments with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features such as Sound&Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as pictures are taken, and Panorama Shot, which allows users to photograph the full view of their surroundings, ensure no memory is lost. Receive travel assistance and information service through the preloaded S Travel application, which can also recommend future trips and provide a guide along the way. Users can also automatically arrange photos in a smart format with the Story Album function. Photos taken by GALAXY S4 mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.

Comments

Total comments: 4
kld273

I wonder how the images will compare to the normal S4 and HTC One. If it's nothing more than a dip from 13 to 8, that's pretty good, especially if most, if not all the software is still there.

Also, any idea when the S4 and HTC One reviews will be posted?

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Erin Lodi

Good points.

And we're working hard on both reviews; you should be seeing the HTC One camera review very soon.

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Lars Rehm

In the meantime check out our comprehensive shootout which includes both those phones: http://connect.dpreview.com/post/9219904986/shootout-samsunggalaxys4-vs-htcone-vs-iphone5-vs-lumia920

btw I suspect the S4 Mini to come with the same lens/sensor combo as the S3/Note II but S4 software (apart from dual-shot capability).

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DanCee

I think S4 mini camera will be similar like S2. Just like S3mini(similar to S advance specs), S4mini most likely similar to S2 specs, except the screen, processor and the OS version.

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