Samsung on Thursday announced preliminary details surrounding an upcoming new version of its popular Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Galaxy S4 mini. The S4 mini is a mid-range variant of the wildly successful flagship phone, and it features much more manageable sizing. Key specs include a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, available 4G LTE and Android Jelly Bean. No launch details or pricing have been announced, but Samsung will reveal additional information during a press conference on June 20th. Samsung’s press release follows below.
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Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 mini: A Powerful, Compact Smartphone
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SEOUL, Korea, May 30, 2013– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology and digital solutions, today announced Samsung GALAXY S4 mini, a powerful yet compact version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone, GALAXY S4. The GALAXY S4 mini delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the GALAXY S4 in a highly portable, chic and compact design, making it an ideal companion for everyday life.
“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages ,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship GALAXY S4 experience.”
With a 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display, 107g light weight and compact design, the GALAXY S4 mini is easy to carry and operate with one hand. Though compact, theGALAXY S4 mini also boasts powerful performance, equipped with a 1.7GHz dual core processor that allows users to quickly and easily perform data intensive tasks.
The GALAXY S4 mini supports many intuitive features and services provided by the GALAXY S4, designed enhance every facet of life.
Capture Important Moments
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.
Share and Connect
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, video and voice recordings to messages using ChatON.
Make Life Simple and Easy
The GALAXYS4 mini makes international travel easy with S Translator, which provides instant text or voice translation at email, text message or ChatON. 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.*available in select countries
Take Care of Health and Well-being
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 Healthaccessories 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 GALAXY S4 mini will be available in two colors, White Frost and Black Mist. Commercial availability of the GALAXY S4 mini supporting either 4G LTE, or 3G HSPA+ or 3G Dual SIM, will be determined by market.
Media quests and invited partners will be provided hands-on product experiences of GALAXY S4 mini at Samsung Premiere 2013 GALAXY & ATIV, London, Thursday, June 20th.
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