Remember when 4.3 inches was big? Well maxi is the new mini with the Galaxy S4 Mini, the little brother to the Galaxy S4. At first we thought this Android phone was just cute, but after spending a little hands-on time with the Mini we believe it could find a following–for the right price.
The Galaxy S4 Mini weighs just 3.8 ounces, making it one of the lightest phones on the market with a 4.3-inch display. The Motorola Droid RAZR M, by comparison, weighs 4.4 ounces, and it has the same size screen. On the other hand, the S4 Mini has the same plastic body as the bigger S4, and it too will come in Frost White or Black Mist. The RAZR M has a sturdier Kevlar back, but it lacks the S4 Mini’s removable battery and expandable memory.
The S4 Mini is mini when it comes to specs as well, which makes sense given that Samsung will likely target the mid tier with this device. You get a qHD screen (960 x 540 pixels), a 1.5-GHz dual-core processor and an 8-MP camera on the back and 1.9-MP camera on the front.
While the S4 Mini doesn’t offer features like gesture controls, there is Smart Stay on board for pausing videos when you look away. You’ll also find an IR blaster than works in tandem with WatchOn, allowing you to use this phone as a remote control for your TV. Other features include S Travel, Story Album for organizing photos, Group Play and S Translator.
Overall, the S4 Mini feels very comfortable in the hand, giving those averse to phablets a compelling alternative. Assuming the price is right, shoppers will likely be attracted to this little guy.