So this seems to be new trend introduced by the Samsung Electronics in the Smartphone market. It has came up with the smaller version of its newest sensation Galaxy S4 which is the Galaxy S4 Mini. This trend is continued from the previous Galaxy S3 when the Samsung launched the mini version of the Galaxy S3. This South Korean electronics giant has came up with Galaxy S4 mini which is launched in India at the price tag of Rs.27,990. It has various impressive features and better hardware specifications.

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Now let us see the detailed review, hardware specifications and the features offered by the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

Camera and Internal Storage

Like most of the devices from the Samsung, the S4 mini is packed with the Dual Camera option. It comes with the 8.0 MP auto focus primary camera at the rear with LED flash. It captures the images with 3264 x 2448 pixels. S4 mini includes a 1.9 MP HD secondary camera at the rear, provides the user to enjoy the video calling option and also lets to capture the self portrait. The camera of the phone also supports additional features like Sound & Shot. It is capable of 1080p video recording at 30 fps. It includes features like panorama, HDR, Face detection and touch focus. So overall the combo pair of the camera looks to be on the lower side this is probably for decreasing the price of the S4 mini.

When it comes to the memory storage, the Galaxy S4 mini comes with the 8GB of internal storage out of which 5GB is user accessible. The internal storage can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The internal storage capacity seems to be good as most of the users will find it enough for saving there data. And provides expandable memory options for greater storage requirements.

Processor and Battery

On the processor side Galaxy S4 mini is powered by the Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 Dual Core processor which is clocked at the speed of 1.7 GHz, and seems to be an impressive one because the performance of the Snapdragon based processors are always better than any other processors. Again the processor is supported by the Adreno 305 GPU, that supports the graphical interface of the device and makes the display more clearer and does not let the images to scatter. The Galaxy S4 mini comes with the 1.5 GB of RAM and lets the users to run larger apps and multiple operations at the same time and also manages the speed of the device.

It comes with the 1900 mAh of battery, and seems to be somewhat on the lower side. Though the device sports a smaller display and therefore better backup from the battery is expected. Though the battery was expected on the higher side. But eventually this battery can easily give back up of almost a day. Some what low for the heavy users. It offers the users talktime of up to 12 hours and standby of up to 300 hours. So overall the battery of the device is above average and will give decent support to the users.

Display and Features

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini comes with a bit smaller 4.3-inch qHD super AMOLED capacitive touch screen. It comes with the screen resolution of about 540 x 960 pixels. Also it has the pixels density of 256 PPI. Considering the whole specs of the screen the display quality of the device seems to be an impressive one. And the greater pixel density and screen resolution lets the users to enjoy the HD games and movies. And lets to view the images with the greater clarity and crispness. Though the screen is on the smaller side but it gives great display quality to the users.

Samsung is never short on the features side, and again had provided numerous features with this device. For the connectivity options S4 mini comes with the 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS and micro USB v2.0. The Samsung S4 mini brought various features of Galaxy S4 including Group Play, S Translator and S Health. Galaxy S4 mini  runs on the Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. With it there is an addition of Samsung’s Touch Wiz Nature UX layer on top which adds a unique feature to UI of the phone. It comes with the optional dual SIM feature, and lets the users to use two SIM in the same device. It comes with dimensions of 124 x61.3 x8.9 and weighs approx 107 gms and is on the lighter side for the pockets.

Comparison

This will be very difficult area for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, because with the given price tag and the hardware specifications the device seems to be lagging behind most of the devices in the market in this particular segment. It gets stiff competition from the Samsung S3, HTC One X and the other devices that are present in this segment, first the S4 mini comes with the Dual Core processor and second it has the smaller screen when compared to most of the other devices in this category.

Key Specifications

Model Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Display 4.3-inch qHD super AMOLED display, with screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels
Processor 1.7 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400
RAM, ROM 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of onboard internal storage, further expandable up to 64 GB via Micro SD card
Camera 8.0 MP auto focus primary camera with LED flash at rear, 1.9 MP of secondary camera at the front
OS Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Battery 1900 mAh
Price Rs. 27,990

Conclusion

At last we can say that the Galaxy S4 mini packs the good hardware specs and better screen clarity. It comes in only two color options White Frost and Black Mist. The biggest concern about the device is the price tag at which it is available, it is priced at Rs.27,990. And this price surely seems to be on the higher side when there are Quad Core based devices with larger screen size are already present in the market, that to at the cheaper rate. Though the device brought various qualities of the Samsung S4 with it. All and all a decent phone and can be choose for newer looks and its resemblance to the Galaxy S4.