Samsung has officially launched the much-anticipated Galaxy S4 Mini, the little brother of the bigger Galaxy S4. Aside from lifting the lid on the new smartphone, the Korean firm has also spilled the beans on the handset’s specs and features.
According to a press release by Samsung, the handset will come with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.9-megapixel camera, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot (supports as much as 64GB), a 1,900mAh battery, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. Dimensions are 124.6x61.3x8.94mm. It weighs 107g. Like the Galaxy S4, it will run the most current version of Android, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).
The Galaxy S4 Mini will be able to “Capture Important Moments.” According to Samsung, “The GALAXY S4 mini allows users to capture important moments with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel HD front-facing camera. Special features such as Sound&Shot, which uniquely stores sound and voice together as pictures are taken, and Panorama Shot, which allows users to photograph the full view of their surroundings, ensure no memory is lost. Receive travel assistance and information service through the preloaded S Travel application, which can also recommend future trips and provide a guide along the way. Users can also automatically arrange photos in a smart format with the Story Album function. Photos taken by GALAXY S4 mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album.”
It will also be able to “Share and Connect.” Samsung says, “Samsung GALAXY S4 mini allows users to share and build true connections. Users can simultaneously listen to the same music and play the games together with friends using Group Play feature, and chat with multiple friends and add animations, voice and video recordings to messages using ChatON.”
Furthermore, it will be able to “Make Life Simple and Easy.” According to the Korean firm, “The GALAXYS4 mini makes international travel easy with S Translator, which provides instant text or voice translation at email, text message or ChatON. Samsung Hub provides a single entry for Samsung contents and services, making it incredibly easy and convenient to use. Users can browse through a variety of content across services including music, video, books, games and learning content as well as purchase and manage contents easily, from a single Samsung Account. Samsung Hub features an intergraded search when users browse a keyword, the results will show related content from all of the services at once.Users can also control their TVs through WatchON’s IR remote which transforms the GALAXY S4 mini into a remote to control the user’s TVs, set-top box, and DVD player. Through WatchON, The GALAXY S4 mini also offers a broad selection of entertainment content including live TV, cable TV and video on demand based on the rich information provided EPG (Electronic Program Guide). Samsung Link also enables users to share content across multiple Samsung digital devices.”
Lastly, the phone will be able to “Take Care of Health and Well-being.” Samsung says, “The GALAXY S4 mini empowers users by keeping them up-to-date with personal health and well-being details. Downloadable from Samsung Apps, S Health enables users to monitor caloric balance and health condition. S Health accessories can also help users calculate daily steps, monitor sleeping patterns, calculate weight and get real-time heart monitoring. To further protect users’ wellbeing, Adapt Display provides an optimal viewing experience customized for each type of application, and Adapt Sound offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalized for each user.”
The handset “will be available in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist.” It will support either “4G LTE, or 3G HSPA＋ or 3G Dual SIM,” which will depend on the region.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini can be seen in the flesh at the Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV, which kicks off on the 20th of June in London.
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