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Mid-range Samsung Galaxy S4 mini announced

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With the Samsung Galaxy S4 currently outpacing the competition in the high-end smartphone landscape, Samsung has now introduced the Galaxy S4 mini – a mid-range smartphone for those who prefer a smaller device at a lower price point. While the name may imply that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is simply a miniaturized S4, the device specs are a far cry from what you’ll find in Samsung’s flagship Android device.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini sports a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) SuperAMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (approximately 5GB of usable space),  support for 64GB microSD card, 8 and 1.9 megapixel cameras and a 1,900mAh battery. The S4 mini measures 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm, making the device significantly smaller than the 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm size of the Galaxy S4.

On the software side, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will be packed with many of the same features that were introduced by its larger sibling. The device will run on Android 4.2.2 with the latest version of TouchWiz which features Shot&Sound, S Travel, Story Album, Group Play, ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Samsung Link, S Health, Adapt Display, Adapt Sound and much more. The more advanced features from the S4 like Air View, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, Smart Stay have been omitted.

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Samsung isn’t quite ready to talk about pricing or launch dates quite yet, but members of the press are expected to get hands-on time with the S4 mini at  the Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV event in London on June 20th.

Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini the mid-range device you’ve been waiting for or is the rumored HTC M4/One mini a more appealing option?

Show Press Release
Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 mini : A Powerful, Compact Smartphone
May 30, 2013
Strong performance and exceptional user experience 
in a sleek, highly portable device is designed to meet a variety of customers’ taste
SEOUL, Korea 17:00KST – May 30, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, a powerful yet compact version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone, GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the GALAXY S4 in a highly portable, chic and compact design, making it an ideal companion for everyday life.
“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.
  • Share and Connect
      Samsung GALAXY S4 mini allows users to share and build true connections. Users can simultaneously listen to
      the same music and play the games together with friends using Group Play feature, and chat with multiple friends
      and add animations, voice and video recordings to messages using ChatON.
  • Make Life Simple and Easy
      The GALAXYS4 mini makes international travel easy with S Translator, which provides instant text or voice translation at email, text message or ChatON. Samsung Hub provides a single entry for Samsung contents and services, 
      making it incredibly easy and convenient to use. Users can browse through a variety of content across services
      including music, video, books, games and learning content as well as purchase and manage contents easily,
      from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an intergraded search when users browse a keyword,
      the results will show related content from all of the services at once.Users can also control their TVs through
      WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the GALAXY S4 mini into a remote to control the user’s TVs, set-top box,
      and DVD player. Through WatchON, The GALAXY S4 mini also offers a broad selection of entertainment content
      including live TV, cable TV and video on demand based on the rich information provided EPG
      (Electronic Program Guide). Samsung Link also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung
      digital devices.*available in select countries
  • Take Care of Health and Well-being
      The GALAXY S4 mini empowers users by keeping them up-to-date with personal health and well-being details.
      Downloadable from Samsung Apps, S Health enables users to monitor caloric balance and health condition.
      S Health accessories can also help users calculate daily steps, monitor sleeping patterns, calculate weight and
      get real-time heart monitoring. To further protect users’ wellbeing, Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing
      experience customized for each type of application, and Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type
      of sound, personalized for each user.
The GALAXY S4 mini will be available in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist. Commercial availability of the GALAXY S4 mini supporting either 4G LTE, or 3G HSPA+ or 3G Dual SIM, will be determined by market.
Media quests and invited partners will be provided hands-on product experiences of GALAXY S4 mini at Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV, London, Thursday, June 20th.
Note to Editors:
Samsung GALAXY S4 mini Product Specifications

Network

LTE 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)

3G

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

Display

4.3”qHD (16:9 wide view) Super AMOLED

AP

1.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor 

OS

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Rear : 8 megapixelFront: 1.9 megapixel

Camera Features

Sound & Shot, Night(Low Light Shot), Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face(include Live Beauty), HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Continuous Shot

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

Additional Features

Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document,

Play Games

Story Album, S Translator

S Travel (TripAdvisor), S Voice™,S Health (Downloadable from Samsung Apps)

Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound

Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, HomeSync, Smart Switch

Samsung KNOX

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.

Connectivity

WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/nGPS + GLONASSBluetooth® v4.0 (LE), NFC(LTE version only)

IR LED (Remote Control)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic

Memory

8GB Internal memory (User Memory approximately 5GB) + microSD (up to 64GB), 1.5GB RAM *User memory space may be less than the total memory space due to system files. User memory may differ by region, carrier, and supporting language, and may change after software upgrade.

Dimension

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm, 107g (3G Dual SIM version:108g)

Battery

1,900mAh
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.
* Android, Google, Google Maps, and Google Navigation are trademarks of Google Inc.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.