The Samsung Galaxy S4 has of course been the highest profile smartphone released so far this year. As expected, the handset has clocked up record breaking sales figures for the South Korean manufacturer, with over 10 million units sold during its first month on the market. Following the launch of the flagship device, several new variants of the Galaxy S4 have recently been announced, including the Galaxy S4 Mini.
As its name suggests, the Galaxy S4 Mini is a smaller version of Samsung's newest flagship phone, and with several downgraded features it is offered at a more affordable price tag. Of course, Samsung made a similar move with the Galaxy S3, with the Galaxy S3 Mini.
The spec list of the Galaxy S4 Mini has generally been downgraded by its flagship counterpart in terms of hardware, boasting a 4.3 inch super AMOLED display, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB of storage with microSD slot, 8 megapixel camera and 1.5 GB of RAM. However, the device utilises the Android 4.2 Jellybean OS in conjunction with Samsung's Nature UX interface, so offers virtually the same software features as the Galaxy S4. Combined with its more affordable price point, the Galaxy S4 Mini certainly looks capable of competing in the mid range smartphone market.
Earlier this week, pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was announced at a couple of major UK retailers which have begun offering the handset for pre-order. Retailers including Carphone Warehouse and Clove have listed the SIM free handset on their websites, with a price tag of £390, showing a significant reduction from its flagship counterpart. Additionally, O2 has begun listing Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini contract deals, with 24 month contracts starting at a very reasonable £22.00 per month.
Of course, we do not expect the Galaxy S4 Mini to be in such high demand as the flagship Galaxy S4, but its price tag certainly makes it an appealing option, especially considering that its spec list is far superior to many competing devices with a similar price tag.Source.