Samsung Electronics has announced the Galaxy S 4 mini smartphone, which has a larger screen and a better camera than its predecessor, the Galaxy S III mini.
The introduction of a pared-down version of the Galaxy S 4 is in line with Samsung tradition of trying to take advantage of the hype its flagship products have received. The compact version of the Galaxy S 4 comes less than a year after the company announced the Galaxy S III mini in October last year.
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The Galaxy S 4 mini has a 4.3-inch screen with 960 x 540 pixels and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. There is also an 8-megapixel camera, 8GB of integrated storage, and 1.5GB of RAM.
The Galaxy S III mini, in comparison, has a 4-inch screen with 800 x 480 pixels and is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor. The Galaxy S III mini takes pictures with a 5-megapixel camera and stores them on either 8GB or 16GB of storage.
After the controversy in the U.K. over how much storage users have left on the Galaxy S 4, Samsung has said about 5GB of the storage on the S 4 mini can be accessed by users.
That Samsung skimps on storage should raise a few eyebrows among users since the company makes memory products. On the other hand, Sony recently released the Xperia ZR, and that too has only 8GB. Both smartphones have a microSD card slot for expanding the storage capacity.
The Galaxy S 4 mini runs Android version 4.2.2 like its bigger sibling. Like the Galaxy S 4, it can also use the S Health app, which allows users to keep track of steps and monitor sleeping patterns. The phone can also control TVs, set-top boxes, and DVD players with WatchON's IR remote.
Availability of the Galaxy S 4 mini supporting either LTE, HSPA+ or 3G with two SIM cards, will be determined by market, according to Samsung. The company didn't reveal what the phone will cost.
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