The Galaxy S4 is a neat phone, but man is it ever big. If a 5-inch device simply won't fit in your life, consider the Galaxy S4 Mini. This svelte device is headed to the US next month and it will be sold by AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. The carriers should announce availability shortly, but no pricing is available yet.

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The GS4 Mini retains the visual style of the Galaxy S4, but the specs have been reduced a bit. It comes with a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) screen, 1.5GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 1900mAh battery, 16GB of storage, and Android 4.2.2. The Mini should get a software update shortly after launch that adds support for the Galaxy Gear as well. It also packs most of Samsung's custom software features, but omits the gesture and head-tracking stuff reliant on the GS4's special IR sensor.

You have to make some sacrifices to step down to the smaller Galaxy S4 Mini, but it lives up to the name. The device is only 124.5 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm and 107g. Samsung will also have a line of smaller flip cases for the device.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • gierso

    want it now!! i think that if the specs are correct its gonna be a real mini, and not an s3 in disguise

    as the ipad mini was the ipad 2 in disguise :P

    • jonathan3579

      A real mini? In all technicalities, yes. Although really, I think you should consider looking into other minis. The Sony Z1 mini for instance retains all internals with the exception of the screen resolution which is "downgraded" to a 720 panel and not this 1/4 shit.

      • gierso

        whoa talk about duplicity .. i dont remember writing i want it now.. just the rest of the entry.. i think i have Multiple Personality disorder, and one of those personalities wants a under powered and small phone :P

        what i really want the nexus 5 :)

        well but i think that at least a phone with more than 1gb ram is aceptable for the low end market so it would end the perception of a slow android.
        this S4 mini will be like the High end to the low ends :P

        but i do think that there should be a REAL high end phone in a small screen that is what is lacking in the android arena.

  • mustbepbs


    Woof woof.

  • jonathan3579

    Wow, that's a horrible spec reduction...

    • Joseph Kool

      I don't care as long as it has android a browser and isn't huge. Throw in the fm radio and ir blaster and this is a sweet little phone. I can get this free on contract. I'm not paying another penny for a smartphone anymore. These latest processors are overkill and a waste of money for smartphones anyway. Unless you spend all your time playing the latest games all day because you're a fuckin loser or you need the latest cpu to prove your self worth because you have a little baby dick There's no reason to have the latest and greates super phone.

  • solbin

    Would be nice to have a high-end phone on a smaller screen size for those who don't want to step up to the 4.7"+ displays. All the phones with smaller displays always have outdated specs that have support dropped almost instantly. The Z1 mini is the only phone that shows promise for a phone with a smaller form factor.

  • dee

    As someone who currently uses an unlocked S4 mini, at 107g weight with a 4.3 inch screen. I am more than satisfied. The bonus is being able to remove the battery, install a 64gb micro SD card with all of my music on it and enjoy. For kicks while at work I sometimes will use the IR romote to control the cafeteria Television.

  • beatles

    Samsung hate their poor sales.!

  • proxuser

    I have this device and we already have cm10.2 slim and carbon roms. Its great android device in compact body.