The Korean technology giant Samsung had unleashed the galaxy S4 phone and its two variants mini & zoom this year. S4 was launched all around the world in the month of April and as per the sales figure, the Korean technology major has shipped more than 42 million S4 units till date.
This phone can be purchased for a price tag around $600 or $650. Three months after launching the flagship device, Samsung launched its budget and a cheaper variant named S4 mini. The budget option has trimmed specifications and is available for purchase around $400. Today, we’ll compare and contrast these two devices –
Display: –Equipped with the Corning Gorilla glass two screen protection technology, the mini comes installed with a 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen display. The screen resolution, a pixel density of this device are 540 x 960 pixels and 256 PPI respectively. On the other hand, its big brother S4 has a large 5.0-inch high definition Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display.
This device uses the upgraded Corning Gorilla glass three protection. S4 comes with a brilliant 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution and an impressive 440+ PPI. The user interface of the flagship phone from Samsung is much better than its cheaper variant i.e. Galaxy Mini, Thanks to its TouchWiz UI.
Memory: –Talking about memory specifications, the mini is equipped with a 1.5GB RAM whereas S4 comes with 2GB RAM. When it comes to storage, the s4 smartphone is available for purchase in 16/32 as well as 64 GB storage capacity models.
On the other hand, its budget alternative is equipped with 8GB storage space. Out of 8GB, 3GB is occupied by the operating system + the preloaded apps and the remaining 5GB is available for the user.
Both these devices support 64 GB MicroSD card. S4 users are offered additional free 50 GB cloud storage which makes the total secondary storage capacity of this phone to a whopping 114GB Thus, on the basis of memory specifications both these Samsung phones can be considered up to the mark.
Processor : –One of the major points of differences between mini and Galaxy S4 is its processor. While mini features a dual core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1700 MHz clock speed and an Adreno 305 GPU, Galaxy S4 is an octa-core processor powered device.
S4 uses Exynos 5 octa core processor (built with two quad-core microprocessors with 1.6 and 1.2 GHz clock speeds respectively) and a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU to ensure optimum performance of the apps as well as the operating system.
Thus, w.r.to processor specifications, mini can be considered a weak phone in its price range of $400 to $450. Other Asian phone manufacturers like Gionee, Micromax, Intex, Huawei have quad-core processor powered devices operating in the markets at the same price range as S4 mini.
Operating system and software: –There is nothing much to talk about OS of these 2 Samsung phones. Both these devices run the Android Jelly bean operating system and are compatible with its latest update.
As Galaxy S4 comes with much better memory and processor specs than mini, it has many impressive capabilities and features like Smart stay, smart scroll, air gestures, TV Out, etc. Talking about apps, S4 mini, galaxy S4 storage comes installed with apps like image editor/viewer, music player, Google search, gmail, youtube, document viewer, etc.
Camera:- The camera department of galaxy s4 mini comprises an 8 megapixel rear (with LED flash and basic features like Geo-tagging, Panorama) and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Galaxy S4 sports a 13 MP rear (with LED flash and lots of features like dual shot, image recording, simultaneous HD video recording, image stabilization, Geo-tagging, Panorama) and a 2 MP front camera.
While both cameras of Galaxy S4 can record high definition 1080p videos, only rear camera of S4 mini has the capability to record 1080p videos.
Weight and Dimensions : –Because mini is a trimmed version of Galaxy S4, it is much smaller than the S4. The surprising thing is that mini is a bit denser than Galaxy S4. S4 mini measures 124.5 x 61.2 x 8.9 millimeters in dimensions whereas S4 has a 136.5 x 69.7 x 7.9 mm dimension.
Just like the 2 metrics width, and height…mini comes with much lesser weight than S4. Mini version of S4 weighs around 105-107 grams whereas Galaxy S4 has a 136-138 grams weight.
|Specifications||S4 mini||Galaxy S4|
|Type||Dual/Micro SIM||Mirco SIM|
|Display Size||4.3 inch||5.0 inch|
|Screen resolution||540 x 960||1920 x 1080|
|Display type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen|
|MicroSD card support||Yes – up to 64 GB||Yes 64GB|
|Processor||dual-core Snapdragon 400||Octa-core Exynos 5|
|Front camera||1.9 MP||2.0 MP|
|Battery||1900 mAh||2600 mAh|