Samsung S4 mini was recently launched in india some months ago, as per the specs it looks great as it comes with Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5 Gb of RAM. We let you in this review whether its worth your money as with all the hardware it comes with lesser display size of 4.3 inch with qHD resolution which is a downside as per our view.

IMG_0015

Samsung S4 Mini Duos Quick Specs

Display Size: 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)
Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400
RAM: 1.5 Gb
Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
Camera: 8 MP AF camera.
Secondary Camera: 1.9 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
Internal Storage: 8 GB with 5 Gb user available approx
External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB
Battery: 1900 mAh battery Lithium Ion
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, No OTG

Box Contents

Handset, 1900 mAh battery, Universal USB Charger, MicroUSB to USB cable, In ear headphones, user manual, warranty card and SAR value document, disposal guide.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

The build quality has nothing new on this phone its just like any other plastic phone you might have seen from samsung galaxy series earlier, this phone also have a glossy back cover with texture design make the device look more premium. The design is definitely no doubt inspired from Samsung S4 as it looks like the S4 Mini in all sorts. The form factor of this phone is quite good with 107 grams of weight which make one of the lightest phone to carry and the width of the phone is right in size so that it fits perfectly into any palm, the device thickness is also quite ok at 8.9 mm which does make it thinnest but again it does not feel like too thick or bulky device in anyway.

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

The display has 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density) which make it good enough that you wont see the pixels with naked eyes and the viewing angles is also quite good if not the widest we have seen. It has 8Gb internal storage with around 5 Gb available to the user, it does have a MicroSD memory card slot which is below the battery which make not hot swappable and it can accept upto 32Gb card max but you cannot install apps on the SD card before you root the device. The battery backup is more than 1 day with moderate usage.

Camera Performance

The rear camera is 8 MP with autofocus which can take very good shots in day light photos but in low light we could see little amount  of noise in the photos, check out the camera samples below. The front camera is 1.9 MP fixed focus which can be used for video chat and video calls but the video feed will be good enough to do a HD video chat or call.

Camera Samples

20130903_18243820130903_18244320130903_18265520130903_18270320130903_18271220130903_182742

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software UI is Nature UX UI which is running on top of android with all those features which are part of this UI, although occasionally the UI might be slow in transitions.The gaming performance of the device is great due to around 700 MB of RAM which does limit the gaming experience a bit, heavy games like Frontline Commando D Day can ran fine without any issues. The benchmark scores are good, check out the scores below.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard Edition:  6990
  • Antutu Benchmark: 20212
  • Nenamark2:  60 @ fps
  • Multi Touch:  8 point

Sound, Video and Navigation

Sound which comes form the loud speaker quite loud, we did not faced any issues and sound from the earphones is also of good quality. The device can play HD videos at 720p and 1080p without any audio or video lag. The device can be used for Navigation as well with the help of assisted GPS but make sure to enable the same under location settings.

Samsung S4 Mini Duos Photo Gallery

IMG_0004IMG_0005IMG_0006IMG_0007IMG_0009IMG_0012

Samsung S4 Mini Duos Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Conclusion and Price

S4 mini is a decent handy phone with some great hardware and has good screen which does not look so small or large and physical dimensions makes it more easy to use and portable enough to carry. The only downside as per us is qHD resolution which could have been better and display size of the device is also lesser specially at this price point of Rs. 24,690 but for those who are looking for mini version of s4 it does make some sense.

[poll id=”26″]

52 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, sir
    I am in confusion for burying a phone in between Ginoee E3 and Samsung galaxy S4 mini.which one is the better.pse suggest me.

    • Both of these devices are good, but you will get better after sales support and long time durability with S4 mini but e3 on the other hand is lighter and decent performer but after sales support may not be that good as of samsung.

    • The Dual sim is there on S4 mini and sound quality is decent from the earpiece and its dual sim standby not dual sim active. In all s4 mini will be better in performance and form factor and more portable but Nexus 4 will be ok but will have a bigger display than s4 mini.

  2. Sir,
    I am confused over Samsung S4 mini and I am going to buy a mobile upto 23 k.. In user review I have found that many users have stated network problem… I want to have dual sim phone with some internet connectivity. So suggest me which one is best for me available in market

    Mahesh

    • S4 mini is a great device, we did not notice any network problem but if you want to choose something different you can select Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 or HTC Desire 500.

  3. Many people are reporting about networking issue, even samsung service center people are also saying s4 mini has got issue. What do you suggest, please check and highlight, which will be very useful for me.

    • we will let you know once we get the review unit of this device again, as far we remember we did not faced any network related issue during the review duration of this phone.

  4. Dear Abhishek, it is good to see your quick response, kindly check and post your review here ASAP, some says that with release of some latest firmware in oct 2013 this problem had resolved, but i am not sure thats why i am asking you to review.

  5. does samsung galaxy s4 mini really supports 1080p and 720p hd video playing, or i have to increase some budget to buy galaxy s3 ? what is the advantage of buying galaxy s4 mini over galaxy s3 ?

  6. I bought S4 Mini last week, and don’t have any issues with N/W as such. The only thing that disappointed me the is the battery backup, which doesn’t event last 1 day. VERY SAD

    I have already started looking for alternative ways to get more backup.

    Can anyone let me is this a common issue with this model or something wrong with my phone.

    Regards
    Kishore

    • There are some ways you can get better battery backup like
      display brightness as low as possible
      disable 3g when not in use
      disable location access when not in use
      there are more ways to do this, but these 3 are most crucial ones.

  7. does s4 mini have have nfc and infrared (can we use it as aremote control for some devices). i have seen many reviews but they are not indian reviews so i am whether it has nfc or not. also tell me if it has s voice, s beam, or many other software features which are in galaxy s3 ?

  8. Hey

    I recently sold my Galaxy S3 as it was continuously giving problems after it’s screen got replaced. Now I’m confused which handset to buy. Please suggest me between S4, Nexus 5 or S4 mini. I don’t like handsets with screen size larger that S3’s screen size.

    Thanks

  9. sir, i want to buy my first phone and my budget is 20000 approx . which phone i should buy. i want the phone that should not only have features but also its service should be good. most probably in samsung,htc,sony,lg. it should be android

  10. Dear Abhishek,
    I have read everything about this phone as I want to buy mobile around 20K.
    I want to discuss some points with you as mentioned below:
    1. Most important, I want both SIM active at one time, as you mentioned it is dual SIM standby, means only one SIM can be active at one time ?? Confirm
    2. Battery Backup, I have read http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-mini-duos-battery-tests-are-done-here-are-the-results/
    Pls go through the link. As it has average battery still this link shows excellent results? Can we rely on this ??
    3. It lacks OTG, NFC, DLNA support. Is that true ??

    I am satisfied with specs and evrything. But whether its a good buy around 20K right now by keeping future upcoming updated mobile phones ??

    You advice is highly appreciated. Thanks.

    • 1. Yes its dual standby.
      2. Battery backup is around 1 day with moderate usage – for heavy usage which might involve videos watching and gaming it will less than one day.
      3. No OTG, NFC and DLNA

      overall all its a pretty decent phone with a great form factor.

      • Dear,
        I have recently heard about Grand-2.
        With almost same price Shall I go for Grand 2 ?
        All the specs favor Grand 2 while comparing 4 mini.

        Pls advice.

  11. sir i am thinking to buy htc desire 501….. but recently i heard about desire 400 . sir which is better and when desire 500 is coming in market and wat wll be the price

  12. Hi abhishek, i m looking for a phone around range of 17,000 . i am photo buff & take nice pictures regularly. presently i am using old sony ericson k770i which has given me wonderful pictures in day & night. i never felt the need to use a regular camera with it. i am looking for a phone with good camera & hd recording. i am also looking for a sleek phone with 4.7 inch or lesser display size. with good battery back up & black or navy blue color. i don’t watch movies or play games, i am too old for that. which phone i can go. please suggest me some good ones

  13. sir i was about to buy s4 mini, but many reviews are saying that it has battery problem, network issue, subway surfer and candy crush lag, high end games show frame drops, contacts has lag phone has lag etc etc…. i was interested in it due to its specs and the light weight body but now i am dropping idea of buying anything. are these reviews correct

  14. sir i went through the samsung india website and i was amazed to see reviews reviews showing that there is network problem in s4 mini, is it true that samsung has not looked into this matter till now,

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.