Considering Samsung's tendency to release mountains of phones, the Galaxy S4 Mini seemed like a lock from the moment we saw the Galaxy S4. And what have we here? The Galaxy S4 Mini appears to have broken cover in China, and it looks more or less as you'd expect – like a smaller GS4.

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Like last year's pint-sized GS3 variant, the Galaxy S4 Mini has the same general industrial design as the S4 proper. It's smooth and rounded, with that divisive carbon fiber pattern on the back panel. It's roughly 8mm thick, which is the same as the GS4. The handset is noticeably shorter and narrower, though.

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Anyone hoping this device would be a high-end phone in a more manageable size might be disappointed. The leak suggest the GS4 Mini will have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, but the resolution will only be qHD (960x540). On the inside, it is said to have a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM chip of undetermined make, 1GB of RAM, and a 5-8MP camera. The Galaxy S4 Mini could be announced later this month, and be made available for purchase over the summer.

[NewCellPhonesBlog, Phonearena]

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  • Katy Brown

    So it's essentially another specbump to the Galaxy S II?

    • Dylan Patel

      If it has a S400, a dual core Arm chip, it will bassicly be a S3 with lower res and less RAM.

      • sri_tech

        S2 with slightly higher resolution and better processor.

        • Dylan Patel

          Nope not if this is the S400 which I expect it to be. S400 is about as strong as the S4 that was in the S3 US version, but much cheaper to produce and a better GPU.

          • http://twitter.com/AMDPhenomX4 Jared Kaczynski

            Why is it somehow much cheaper to produce the same CPU. There was no process change, no optimization, only time. Time won't make it drastically cheaper to make. It only makes its market value lower.

          • Dylan Patel

            They tweaked the architecture very slightly and were able to develop more efficient ways of making it. It has had tons of optimization leading it to be more power efficient.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            generally lower processes yield higher yields

            over time they perfect the process and yield higher yields (this can be broken down into several things but i am lazy at 4:30 am...need sleep)

  • Freak4Dell

    And just like with the S3 Mini, you're better off just buying the RAZR M or RAZR i. Thanks for trying, Samsung.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      same size as my evo 3D...really don't consider that "mini" and consider that crap with the same qHD screen :/ Should at least have had a higher res screen. 4.3 inches is fine but with a qHD screen really?

    • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

      S3 Mini is the #1 best seller in unlocked cell phones on Amazon.

      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=s3 mini

      • NIGGLY

        Thats because Nexus 4's aren't sold on Amazon.....

        • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

          I'm not saying it's the best unlocked phone. I'm saying it's a very very popular unlocked phone.

          Get the difference?

          • Alex

            Haha i see that, i love you guys

          • Alex

            Some more upranks again here

          • flosserelli

            NIGGLY did not say it was the best unlocked phone, either. He merely pointed out the fact that the N4 is not available on Amazon.

            Get the difference?

    • BigBernard

      You're kidding? Motorola phones are shite.

    • omegavesko

      The S3 Mini is sold worldwide. Motorola phones are pretty much nonexistent outside of North America.

      Or did you forget that the US != the world?

      • Freak4Dell

        That's why I also included the RAZR i, which is sold in various countries around the world. If I was just talking about the US, I would have said DROID RAZR M.

        • omegavesko

          The RAZR i may be easier to find, but it's really only sold in a handful of countries. I've never even seen one sold in Europe, only South America.

          • Freak4Dell

            It's more widely available in Europe than South America. It was officially released in the UK, France, and Germany, as well as a few others, I believe. It's also pretty simple to pick one up from Amazon or Expansys or whatever for countries that it's not officially available in.

          • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

            Dude, you forgot Asia!! No one buy Motorola these days, even when they were trying to sell RAZR MAXX at $350 unlocked, no one care. There's no reason for people to buy Motorola.

          • ElfirBFG

            THe RAZR MAXX lasts a long time on a single charge, that's the reason you buy it. A MAXX with JB for $350 unlocked is well worth it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/4x4nismo Corey Allen

            Or you get a bigger battery for the samsung and call it a day. The maxx is out dated even compared to the sgsII. S you logic is kinda silly.

          • ElfirBFG

            Compared to the S2? My RAZR(XT910) is faster than my friend's S2, the MAXX is even newer than that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/4x4nismo Corey Allen

            The removable battery, same specs and unlocked bootloader say other wise.

          • ElfirBFG

            Same specs? Which model? There are around 20 versions of the S2. i9300 was only marginally faster than my MB860. I had an easier time rooting both my Motorola phones than I did with his S2. Unlocking the Atrix BL was easy, Safestrap was a cinch with my RAZR. Build quality on the RAZR is miles ahead as well. As for the battery, I get 14+ hours with all radios and near constant music playback; S2 is glued to his charger, much like my Atrix pre-ICS. Don't get me wrong, I think the Samsung is a solid device, but the RAZR line is one of the best, especially given that they are dirt cheap off contact.

          • http://www.facebook.com/4x4nismo Corey Allen

            Bootloader =/= root totally different things. My Atrix 4g was a total pos with so many hardware and software issues. Getting no more updates only 6 months in was pretty much the last straw with the atrix. ICS wasn't good enough as it should have shipped that way and then never giving a jellybean update was the final fu from Motorola . Moto released an update that totally locked down its bootloader, yay moto. The MAXX vs say the SGSII skyrocket LTE isn't even far with how much it outclasses the Motorola in near every metric. As for battery you can just throw a 4200mah into it and it'll have about the same size profile as the MAXX... that would give you days.

    • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

      I'd say you're better of with the actual s4...

      • Freak4Dell

        Not if you want something that actually fits in your hand.

        • http://www.facebook.com/4x4nismo Corey Allen

          I call bs, my 5.2' 100lb asian wife can use my sgs3 without issue. Your skinny pants are the real reason.

          • Freak4Dell

            Sorry, I'm not interested in fulfilling your fantasy of seeing me in skinny pants.

        • http://www.facebook.com/johnphillip.saayman John-Phillip Saayman

          Not if you have normal hands...

  • jonathan3579

    Not that I am interested in this phone at all but Samsung seriously has the wrong ideas for their "mini" phones. The specs are pathetic so why name it the same as your current flagship (albeit with a mini attached) which of course will be replaced in a couple short months.

    • Freak4Dell

      Because they know people will buy them thinking they're the best phones out there. Samsung doesn't give a damn about keeping the Galaxy S name untarnished. They just want everybody buying their devices and don't really care whether it's a shitty device or not.

    • s44

      For one thing, it does have the same software package as the flagship.

  • Alex

    Mini for me its 3.5", 4.3" its big and 5"+ its huge.

    • Nevi_me

      4.3 is still decent for most/many people. Thing is that smaller screens normally come with terrible DPI. End up feeling like I'm using the old BlackBerry 8520 where you can count the pixels on the phone

  • Nevi_me

    It's decent, basically a spec bump to the S II and the S III Mini. It means that people who can't afford the more expensive phones can have a smaller device with some of the features of Samsung's flagship.

    My 2 phones were stolen (best believe South Africa is hectic). I had the old Huawei X5 and a CrapBerry. Only the Berry was insured. I got the SIII Mini as replacement. Although it's smaller and what not, it's a distance away from most 'mid-to-lower end' devices. So for me the S IV Mini is a welcome upgrade, in the same way as the S IV with S-gimmicks is a welcome upgrade to the S III (getting the S IV this coming week :) , can't wait to show off the gimmicks, like hijacking the tv channel when the folks are watching)

  • Kwadwo Firempong-Boakye

    So why does Samsung call it the S4 or S3 mini? Doesn't it taint their image? I mean if you're gonna make an S3/S4 mini it should be all the glory of the flagship with minor tweaks outside size not the freaking Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 in a S4 design package. The nerve of these companies !!!

    • David Hart

      The majority won't notice the difference.

      The people who understand a devices specs, and what it will achieve, are the only ones who will even notice/care.

      • Stacey

        No but they will notice a laggy phone that takes mediocre pictures with a screen that isn't as sharp as their friends' iPhones. That will taint Samsung's image.

        • ElfirBFG

          I don't think this would be a laggy phone at all. And qHD at 4.3" is ~255ppi, which is close to the iPad3's ppi, it still looks pretty damned good.

  • DarrenSaw

    Presumably with laughably poor

    • jacob

      and it will probably have terrible

  • Android Phones

    Samsung has adopted interesting strategy, they bring out one flagship device and 4 variants within a year. Also I personally do not like how Samsung plays with its screen sizes, usually they have one top model with top specs and rest of the phones are just different in size with out of date processor. Needless to say they all look the same. Samsung needs to think out of the box and needs some major changes as to what differentiates there one device with the other apart from screen size and tone downed specs. Best Android Phones

  • kkjdroid

    I like how the S4 Mini is the same size as the biggest phones from 2011. The HD2 was considered huge in its time.

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    • http://twitter.com/jokesyn8 Jokesy

      Screen size != phone size

  • Doctor Yellow Face

    Damn if it had 2gb ram I might consider it

  • http://www.tekshop.us/ TekShop

    The Carbon Fibre style back cover looks cool.

  • Kevin Guinn

    Kinda looks like a sexier/newer version of the Galaxy Nexus.. might be worth a look when it comes out.

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Definitely not a power-house by today's standards, but that is still a nice phone.

  • whit

    hey I have a question if a buy a Samsung galaxy s3 mini will it work if I use it in the usa????