We've recently seen evidence that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is U.S.-bound, and now we have official confirmation of that fact. Samsung Mobile U.S. sends word that the miniaturized S4 will be headed to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular starting this November.
The Galaxy S4 Mini sports a familiar design with somewhat cut-down internals compared to the regular GS4. The display is a 4.3-inch SuperAMOLED panel at 960x540 resolution. There's a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU running the show, 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (up from 8GB in the international model), expandable via microSD. There's also an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1,900mAh battery.
The Galaxy S4 Mini runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI, featuring many of the software capabilities of the full-sized Galaxy S4. The S4's camera app has made it across, as has the WatchOn TV app, and device-to-device sharing through S Beam and Group Share. A software update "soon after launch" will enable Galaxy Gear support on U.S. Galaxy S4 Minis.
While we weren't exactly wowed by the international version of the GS4 Mini, the U.S. version could be a compelling mid-ranger if the price is right. Naturally, we'll need to wait for individual carriers to confirm those details in the weeks ahead.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini Coming to the U.S. Next Month
Smartphone offers sleek and compact design with the exceptional Galaxy experience
Dallas, TX — October 23, 2013 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, a compact smartphone featuring some of the most popular Galaxy S 4 experiences, will be available in the U.S. beginning in November. The Galaxy S 4 mini is just 4.9in x 2.4in and is packed with Samsung flagship experiences like WatchOn™, S Beam™ and advanced camera features.
“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”
Outstanding Galaxy Features:
The Galaxy S 4 mini has some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in a compact form factor to enrich the user experience.
-Intuitive Camera Interface: The Galaxy S 4 mini’s 8-megapixel camera has zero shutter lag allowing users to document special moments without delay. The Galaxy S 4 mini is equipped with the familiar and easy-to-navigate user interface found on the Galaxy S 4 and supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer.
-WatchON: Control your television using the Galaxy S 4 mini as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with a Smart Remote that is functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy S 4 mini to a TV effortlessly, as well as look for something to watch in a new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
-Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the phone easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4 mini, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.
-Simple Sharing: Quickly and easily transfer large files, such as videos and documents, to other Galaxy phones with S Beam. Touch the back of the Galaxy S 4 mini to any S Beam enabled phone and share without needing a Wi-Fi® connection or cell signal. Users are able to simultaneously enjoy music, photos, documents and games with friends through the Group Play™ function.
The Galaxy S 4 mini is designed with a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED™ (960 X 540) display with 256DPI. The Galaxy S 4 mini will run on Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and includes a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of internal RAM. It is powered by a removable 1,900 mAh battery and features an expandable memory of up to 64GB to complement the 16GB of standard onboard storage.†
The Galaxy S 4 mini will receive a software update soon after launch and will be compatible with Galaxy Gear™, Samsung’s first wearable smartphone experience. Galaxy Gear extends the Galaxy S 4 mini experience to your wrist and enhances everyday moments with real time updates for quick and convenient access.
The Galaxy S 4 mini comes in Black Mist and White Frost color options, and will be available beginning next month. Wireless carriers will announce their specific availability, colors and timing. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular will carry the Galaxy S 4 mini.
Accessorize the Galaxy S 4 mini with the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover that has a clear window to view a text message or missed call notification, answer or reject a call, and view the battery status. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover comes in black and white color options to add style- while protecting the device and providing privacy. Flip Covers are also available without the S-View window in an array of colors including black, white, light blue, and pink.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini specs
4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED (960 x 540) display, 256 dpi
|AP||1.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|OS||Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)|
Rear: 8 Megapixel Auto Focus camera with LED Flash & Zero Shutter Lag
Front: 1.9 Megapixel camera
|Video||Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark|
|Audio||Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X|
Sound & Shot, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, Rich Tone (High
Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Continuous Shot
Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play GamesStory Album™, S Translator™
Story Album™, S Translator™
Samsung WatchONS Travel (Trip Advisor)
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
|Google Mobile Services||
Google™ Search, Google Maps™, Gmail™, Google Messenger™, Google Play™ Store,
Google Plus™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Local™, Google Navigation™,
Voice Search, Chrome Availability of Google Play Books, Play Movies, Play Music,
Play Magazine varies by region.
WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n
GPS + GLONASS
Bluetooth® v4.0 (LE)
IR LED (Remote Control)
USB 2.0 HS
|Sensor||Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic|
16GB NAND + microSD slot (up to 64GB), 1.5GB RAM
|Dimensions||124.5 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, 107g|