With the immense success of Samsung Galaxy S4, the Korean company has pretty much secured leadership in this year's flagship Android smartphone race.
The top-tier echelon is a good place to reign supreme in but the midrange category is just as lucrative. Last year, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - specifically created for that price bracket - made the company a lot of cash and I bet Samsung is hoping that the follow-up to that, the Samsung Galaxy S4, would have the same success story.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini i9190 and Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500, respectively. SGS4Mini has dimensions of 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm versus the 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm of the flagship release. As you can see in the photo, both handsets flaunt the same Nature-Inspired design identity.
Sporting key technical specifications, which include a 4.3 inch 540 x 960 pixels SuperAMOLED display, Dual Core 1.7 Krait CPU in Snapdragon 400 chipset running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.5 GB of RAM for the 3G and Dual SIM variants and 2 GB of RAM for the LTE version, an 8 MegaPixel main camera and a 1.9 MegaPixel front snapper, Full HD video recorder, and a removable 1,900 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is not only the smaller but also the far less powerful version of the regular-sized Samsung Galaxy S4.
SGS4 Mini may have far more modest technical specifications compared to its bigger brother but it does have its own charms. For one, it slips easier into your pocket and it does have a more pocket-friendly price. Also, it's available in three variants - 3G, LTE, and Dual SIM - giving you the freedom to choose one that meets your needs. That said, I'm sure that a lot of Android fans - especially the young and the budget-conscious ones - will be excited to check out this release even if there are now a lot of good options from other brands - both local and multinational - in the midrange echelon.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is expected to start shipping in key markets for the company, which include the Philippines, within this month. As yet, Samsung hasn't disclosed the official price of the handset in this region but I'm guessing that it will enter the country with SRP of roughly Php 20,000. Here's to hoping that the actual retail price would be more affordable than the TP Guesstimate and that Sun, Smart, Globe would eventually offer it as a free bundled handset with their affordable postpaid plans.
|Name||Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini i9190|
|Type||Slate Form Factor|
|Dimensions||124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm|
|Available Colors||White Frost, Black Mist|
|Operating System||Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean|
|Display||4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density), 540 x 960 pixels, Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 chipset|
|RAM||2 GB RAM for LTE version, 1.5 GB of RAM for 3G version|
|Internal Storage||8 GB (5 GB user available) expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 64GB|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, 1.9 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera, TBD for front camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/DivX/Xvid/FLV/MKV/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac|
|Ports||microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+; LTE Variant: Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL|
|GPS||Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope|
|Network||2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network LTE (depending on model)|
|SIM Card Type||microSIM, Dual SIM option|
|Battery||Removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery|
|Announcement||May 29, 2013|
|Availability||TP Guesstimate: June 2013|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Starting at Php 20,000 for the 3G only variant|