By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 21, 2013 05:58 PM EDT
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has just made its official debut.
The company unveiled the smartphone's specs and features ahead of the big launch, so all that was left to expect was to see the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini in action.
Samsung unveiled the smaller version of its flagship smartphone at its Premiere event on June 20 in London, following the same scheme it pulled last year with its Galaxy S3 flagship and Mini counterpart. The Galaxy S4 Mini now makes its debut as the slightly smaller, more mid-range and cheaper version of the current flagship.
Just like a diet version of a favorite food or beverage might satisfy some of that craving, Samsung aims to offer a Galaxy S4 experience with some fewer calories. The Galaxy S4 Mini comes with a lower-resolution display and an 8-megapixel camera instead of the 13-megapixel shooter on its big brother, but it does maintain some of the taste, including that built-in remote control.
On the other hand, the tuned-down specs are understandable considering that this version is targeted more at the mass market rather than the high-end segment. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini aims to cater to the needs of the more budget-conscious who want a cheaper smartphone compared to the flagship Galaxy S4, but without giving up the smartphone's core features.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini sports a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.9-megapixel front shooter. The smartphone comes with 8GB of internal storage, but only 5GB are actually usable. A micro SD card slot, however, allows for additional memory of up to 64GB.
Other features include what one would expect from a new Samsung handset, i.e. Wi-Fi, 3G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, as well as the new features Samsung introduced back in March with the Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will be available in black and white versions.
Just like a diet soda, a decaffeinated coffee or a soy burger may please some but repel others, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini may build a fan base but will pale in comparison to the real deal. For those looking for a new, powerful smartphone on more of a budget, however, it may be a great deal nonetheless.
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