The Samsung Galaxy S4’s kid brother, the 4.3-inch S4 mini is finally making its way to the U.S. Available in global markets for months, the pint-sized S4 will launch on AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon starting next month. The carriers have yet to announce pricing for the handset, though, based on its entry-level specs, it should go for about $99 with a two-year contract.
Measuring 4.9 x 2.4 x 0.35 inches, the S4 mini is shorter and narrower than the original S4, but about 0.1-inchthicker. Naturally, the S4 mini is lighter than its sibling, weighing 3.8 ounces to the full-size S4’s 4.6 ounces. The S4 mini’s 4.3-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED display is both smaller and offers a lower resolution than the 5-inch 1920 x 1080 screen found on the S4.
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In place of the original S4’s quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM, the S4 mini gets a dual-core chip and 1.5GB of RAM. The S4 mini’s 16GB of onboard storage and available 64GB microSD card reader are on par with the standard S4. Like the S4, the mini also includes a built-in IR blaster for using the handset as a remote for your TV and entertainment system. Cameras include an 8-megapixel shooter around back and 1.9-MP up front. The Galaxy S4 has a more powerful 13-MP shooter.
Beyond it’s diminutive dimensions and specs, the Galaxy S4 mini offers the same software found on the S4. You get Samsung’s WatchOn app, S Translator, S Voice, Samsung Hub, as well as myriad Camera settings and features.
The S4 mini joins the likes of the HTC One Mini and Droid Mini as part of the growing army of downsized smartphones. The new handsets help meet the needs of users who don’t want a massive phone, but still want the kinds of features those devices offer.
Will the S4 mini match its big brother’s capabilities? We’ll let you know in our full review.