Samsung Galaxy S4 vs S4 Mini: What’s the Difference?

Published on May 31st, 2013

Samsung has recently introduced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190, a mid range Android smartphone, with similar looks to that of the popular Galaxy S4, but with downgraded specs and size. In this article, let’s compare the specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy S4 Mini. I’ll also include in the comparison the Exynos version (GT-I9500) and the Snapdragon version (GT-I9505) of the Galaxy S4. Check them out below.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs S4 Mini: Specs vs Specs

SpecificationsGalaxy S4 GT-I9500Galaxy S4 GT-9505Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9190
Network:GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600LTE (GT-I9195 Version only)
SIM Card:Micro SIMMicro SIM
Dimensions:136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm
Weight:130 g130 g107 g
Operating System:Android v4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid v4.2.2 Jelly BeanAndroid v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Chipset:Exynos 5 Octa 5410Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400
Processor:Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
Graphics Processor:PowerVR SGX 544MP3Adreno 320Adreno 305
Memory:2GB2GB1.5GB / 2GB for LTE model
Storage:16GB / 32GB / 64GB16GB / 32GB / 64GB8GB
Expansion:microSD up to 32GBmicroSD up to 32GBmicroSD up to 64GB
Display:5-inch Super AMOLED 1080×1920, 441 pixels per inch5-inch Super AMOLED 1080×1920, 441 pixels per inch4.3-inch Super AMOLED 540x960, 256 pixels per inch
Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Camera Rear:13 megapixels, 4128×3096, AF, LED, Dual Shot, 1080p HD videos13 megapixels, 4128×3096, AF, LED, Dual Shot, 1080p HD videos8 megapixels, 3264x2448x AF, LED flash, 1080p HP videos
Camera Front:2 megapixels, 1080p, dual video call2 megapixels, 1080p, dual video call1.9 megapixels
GPRS:YesYesYes
EDGE:YesYesYes
Speed:HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 MbpsHSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DLHSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL
WLAN:Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspotWiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth:Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LEYes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, LEYes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
NFC:YesYesGT-I9195 model only
Infrared port:YesYesYes
USB:Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB HostYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL 2), USB On-the-go, USB HostYes, microUSB v2.0
Sensors:Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gestureAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, temperature, humidity, gestureAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
GPS:Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Battery:Li-Ion 2600 mAhLi-Ion 2600 mAhLi-Ion 1900 mAh

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is obviously not as powerful and fast as its big brother the Galaxy S4, but it offers a more compact design that is easy to carry and operate with one hand. It is powered by a 1.7GHz dual core processor which is not so bad, considering that this is a mid range Android smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has only an 8 megapixel rear facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. Its camera doesn’t have the kind of features that the Galaxy S4 has, but it has a set of features of its own. The S4 Mini’s camera has Sound&Shot that lets the users store sound and voice together as pictures are taken. It also features Panorama Shot, a feature not so unique anymore. It’s also preloaded with S Travel Application and Story Album Function.

When it comes to performance, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is not as fast as the Galaxy S4. It also lacks some of the great features that the Galaxy S4 has. In my opinion, what makes the Galaxy S4 Mini a “mini” version of the Galaxy S4 are not the specifications or the features it has, but only the downsized physical appearance and design. Other than that, beneath its hood, it’s just a mid range Android smartphone with mid range specifications and features. Samsung could have made the display a 720p display, but they did not.

In terms of price, it’s obvious that the S4 Mini would have a much lower price than the S4. This is just like the Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini before. I just wish Samsung would create a “mini” version of their flagship with a closer specifications or feature from that of their big versions.

Aside from the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini GT-9190, there are other two models of this phone. The other two are the Galaxy S4 Mini GT-I9195 which is the LTE version, and the S4 Mini GT-I9192, the dual SIM version.

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