Galaxy S4 Mini

28 / 02 / 2014 | S.A. Degueurce

Last year, Samsung released the Galaxy S4 Mini after its predecessor, the Galaxy S4. It comes with Android 4.2.2, a double-core CPU clocked at 1,7GHz and a RAM capacity of 1,5 Go.

The Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED 960 by 540 pixel resolution screen. The screen is very responsive, which makes it nice to flick through the pages in the menu , to swipe through applications and for playing video games. In terms of connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and it is also compatible with the latest 4G technology.

Its design is the same as the Samsung S4, the Samsung S3 and the Samsung Mini. With a weight of 107 grammes, it is really light. The microSD slot is under the battery, which is not really well thought-out because we need to restart the phone to change the microSD card.

There is an 8MP front and back camera. Pictures are really nice. The only negative aspect as far as pictures and movies are concerned is that you can’t get rid of the buzzing flash noise that the device makes.

As far as connectivity is concerned, there is a headphone jack, a micro-USB port to plug your charger into or to connect your computer to. The removable charger part makes it possible to use both options.

Except for big games, which require more graphics power, the double-core CPU clocked at 1,7Ghz enables all the Android market apps and games to run smoothly. Its battery will run for approximately two days, but it all depends of the use you make of it.

Compared to the Galaxy S3 released one year before the S4, the S4 has not evolved that much. Both feature an 8MP camera and 8GB of internal storage. The S3 features a 1,4GHz quad-core CPU whereas the S4 has a 1,7 double-core CPU. The S3 has 1GB of RAM whereas the S4 has 1.5GB of RAM. Next time they launch a new product, Samsung should make greater improvements to their existing device and wait a bit more before launching a new product.

Guillaume R., 1BTS SLAM.