Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy S III mini inexplicably coming to AT&T a year after release, Samsung has announced that their much newer Galaxy S 4 mini is coming to the US. The miniature device will be coming to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and US Cellular at the beginning of November with pricing, carrier specific colors and release date to be announced.
Unlike its big brother, the Galaxy S 4 mini is no high-end phone. It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a qHD 960 x 540 resolution, a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of memory with a microSD slot, an 8MP rear camera with zero shutter lag, a 1,900 mAh battery and Android 4.2.2. And of course it features extras like an IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 and various software features.
If you decide to purchase a Galaxy Gear, this device will soon be getting an update with full Gear support; so, you won’t have to shell out for a high-end phone. Knowing Samsung, it will eventually get the update to Android 4.3 and maybe even further.
Samsung has also announced that two of its accessories for high-end phones are coming to the Galaxy S 4 mini. The standard flip cover everyone is very familiar will be available in many colors, while the S-View flip cover with the built in window will be available in black and white.
We don’t typically get excited for mid-range phones like this, but it is still a nice little device. It is actually significantly smaller than its big brother, unlike the HTC One mini, so you’ll be getting a small device. Hopefully it will be priced cheap on all four carriers. Would you buy a Galaxy S 4 mini for yourself or anyone else you know? Leave a comment!Show Press Release
“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.
For more information on Galaxy S 4 mini and accessories, please visit www.samsungmobileuspress.com.
Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini Product Specifications:
4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED (960 x 540) display, 256 dpi
1.7 GHz Dual-Core Processor
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Rear: 8 Megapixel Auto Focus camera with LED Flash & Zero Shutter Lag
Front: 1.9 Megapixel camera
Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark
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 Games
Story Album™, S Translator™
S Travel (Trip Advisor)
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound
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
Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic
16GB NAND† + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
124.5 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm, 107g
†Portion of memory occupied by existing content.
Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy Camera, Galaxy S, Samsung Hub, Group Play, Super AMOLED, S Beam, Story Album, S Translator, and WatchOn are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.
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