Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 

Released June, 2013
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 4G
  • 4.3"
  • Dual core 1.7 GHz
The whole user interface was improved as well, which was a nice touch forward, although it still over-complicates things.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
We were showing off the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to friends, and one avid iPhone user commented that it was a far nicer size than the S4, and a lot easier to use, especially one-handed.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
6.2 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4 mini
6.1
Xperia SP
8.3
Nexus 4
7.6
Geekbench and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4 mini
n.d.
Xperia SP
n.d.
Nexus 4
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4 mini
5.1
Xperia SP
5.2
Nexus 4
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4 mini
8.6
Xperia SP
8.2
Nexus 4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com, pocket-lint.com and fudzilla.com

6.2

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4 mini
6.2
Xperia SP
7.0
Nexus 4
8.0

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4 mini
1,041
Xperia SP
2,105
Nexus 4
1,583

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4 mini
557
Xperia SP
2,263
Nexus 4
1,794

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini


8.5
We are genuinely impressed by how light, thin, and extremely portable the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is considering the fact that it packs a 4.3-inch screen and a 1900mAh battery.

9.0
It's not a megapixel monster or anything, but the images it produces have a natural look to them, with nice colours and plenty of detail.

9.0
Tabbed browsing and incognito browsing are available in both browsers, but making new bookmarks in Samsung's own browser is slightly easier than in Chrome.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

We also think that the 4.3-inch diagonal also makes it the perfect size for those who find the 5-inch screens on modern flagship smartphones too imposing.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
That said, we still struggle to call it a letdown, with the Super AMOLED screen still being bright and vibrant despite its lower ppi.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
Another area that has taken a lick of paint over and above the standard Android and previous TouchWiz iterations is the lock screen.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)

Apps

Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
When it comes to bundled apps, don't go expecting to find a raft of S-branded apps.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
What we did find though, is that the music wasn't quite synced perfectly.
by PocketLint (Jul, 2013)

Video

Open up the video player and you are greeted with a very attractive grid of your videos.
by TechRadar (Aug, 2013)
One of the more prominent settings here is the dual shot mode, which snaps a photo with both cameras and presents them picture-in-picture style (think video call).
by GSM Arena (May, 2013)
You've also got a side link to the videos you've downloaded from Samsung's Video Hub, which makes it a complete and integrated video experience within one app.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

Camera

The processor of the Galaxy S4 mini is a dual-core, 1.7GHz chip of the Snapdragon variety, the screen's resolution has been brought down to just 540 by 960 pixels, and the main camera has been downgraded to 8 megapixels.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)
Panoramas are nice, they do a full 360° circle, but the resolution is not that impressive.
by GSM Arena (May, 2013)
As for the different camera modes, it's a collection of some of the best camera features currently available.
by GSM Arena (May, 2013)

Battery

Battery life: The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini packs a 1900mAh removable battery – a capacity that is above the average considering the smartphone's class.
by PhoneArena (Jun, 2013)
It's a good way to manage your battery even easier.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
It uses the proximity sensor to detect you reaching for the device and will light up the screen to show the time, missed call and message counters, battery charge and music track info.
by GSM Arena (May, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 4.3"
Resolution 960 x 540
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 256 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio Yes

software

Operating system Android 4.2.2
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 107 g
Thickness 8.9 mm
Size 61.3 x 124.6 x 8.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.7 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 1.5 GB
Internal storage 8 GB
Supported card formats microSD

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.9 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
  2. Unknown (100 Mb/s)
  3. LTE Cat3/4 Uplink (50 Mb/s)
  4. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  5. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  6. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. LTE Cat3 (100 Mb/s)
  8. LTE Cat 3 (100/)
  9. HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
  10. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 720 min
Standby time (3G) 18,000 min
Capacity 1,900 mA·h
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