With the unquestionable success of its Samsung Galaxy S4 flagship release, the Korean giant has pretty much secured leadership in this year's high-end Android smartphone race.
The top-tier category is a good place to reign supreme in but the midrange echelon is just as important and lucrative. Last year, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - specifically created for that price bracket - made a lot of cash for the company and I'm sure Samsung is hoping that the direct follow-up to that, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, would enjoy the same success story.
Sporting key technical specifications including a 4.3 inch 540 x 960 pixels SuperAMOLED display, Dual Core 1.7 Krait CPU in Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 1.5 GB of RAM, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and BSI sensor plus a 1.9 MegaPixel front cam, Full HD video recorder, and a removable 1,900 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini isn't only the smaller but is also obviously the far less powerful version of the regular-sized Samsung Galaxy S4.
With price tag of Php 18,900 at Kimstore, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is in direct competition with powerhouse midrange handsets like HTC One SV, Sony Xperia V, and my personal favorite, the Huawei Ascend P6. Likewise, it will have to contend with other Samsung releases in this price category, including the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 phablets.
So why choose this product over those stellar smartphones? Whom is Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for exactly?
I think Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is for users who want a powerful and great-looking smartphone that doesn't take too much space in the pocket. Yes, it lacks the large display of the Mega phablets but its SuperAMOLED screen is way clearer and nicer to look at and its innards and imaging capabilities are just as good if not slightly better.
Frankly, though, I believe the 2013 TechPinas Favorite Huawei Ascend P6 - with official SRP of Php 18,990 - would be a wiser purchase as it has a more handsome metal-clad shell and better front-facing camera, and it offers largely the same smooth touch experience. But that's just me. Of course, Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes with neat features as well like Smart Stay, Group Play, S Memo, and S Translator, which are all unique to the Korean company's current upper echelon releases.
Update: According to Kim, her store now carries the dual SIM non-LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini or the i9192. Currently, that specific model sells for only Php 17,900.
|Name||Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini i9190, Single SIM, non-LTE|
|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||1.5 GB of RAM|
|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, HD 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+|
|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|
|SIM Card Type||microSIM, Dual SIM option|
|Battery||Removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery|
|Uptime||300 hours of Standby, 12 hours of Talk Time|
|Announcement||Kimstore: August 2013|
|Availability||Kimstore: August 2013|
|Price||Kimstore: Php 18,900, non-LTE variant|