Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on O2

Samsung Galaxy SIV Mini

The Samsung Mini Adventure So Far

The appetite for Samsung and Android smartphones is as strong as ever, as evidenced by the announcement that pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 outstripped both its predecessor, the S3, and the iPhone 5. And given that the massive popularity of the Galaxy S3 extended to its junior version, the Galaxy S3 Mini, there's every reason to believe the O2 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will perform just as blisteringly well. So, just what can you expect to see from this mini marvel?


The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini side view


O2 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: Specifications

Samsung might want to rethink it's naming of devices, because while it's true that the S4 Mini will be smaller in size than the Galaxy S4, when compared to other smartphones on today's market, it's actually pretty big.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on O2 in fact packs a 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display (bigger, even, than iPhone 5) with 540 x 960 pixel resolution. At 256ppi, it might be lower than the 441ppi the S4 offers, but it's still very competitive.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini render

Leaked images circulated early on, so we've known for a while that this little sister device looks like the S4's tinier twin - it has the same polycarbonate body, slim bezel and curved frame as its big brother. Some have criticised Samsung's penchant for making high-end phones with plastic casings, but the upside of this is it makes for a truly lightweight handset. As with the S4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on O2 to have the latest Android JellyBean 4.2.2 operating system on board, which will be skinned in the newest version of TouchWiz - Nature UX 2.0.

The S4 features some incredible technological advancements, like hands-free Smart Scroll and Air Gestures technology. Unfortunately, these didn't make it onto the mini model, but it still has plenty of things going for it.


O2 Galaxy S4 Mini: Different Variants

There are four variants of the Galaxy S4 Mini. These are:

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: GT-I9190
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini DUOS: GT-I9192
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE: GT-I9195
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for China: GT-I9198

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini  android

Samsung’s model-naming scheme indicates exactly what to expect and each of these four different models is being manufactured for a specific region of the world, with O2 offering the 4G-ready LTE model, so you can expect the best connectivity options all round.

The GT-I9190's spec sheet consists of HSPA+ capability, Samsung's very own Exynos 5210 quad-core processor (made up of dual Cortex-A15 and dual Cortex-A7 cores) and ARM big.LITTLE technology. Some versions of the S4 pack an octa-core Exynos processor with big.LITTLE technology, so this is, quite literally, a scaled down version. big.LITTLE enhances smartphone performance and efficiency by distributing processing power in the best way possible, while reducing battery power consumption. This means you get more impressive performance and greater battery life in one, which can only be a good thing.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini rumoursThen there's the Galaxy S4 Mini Duos (GT-I9192), which boasts HSPA+ speeds with a 1.66GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor. It's also dual SIM - meaning you can use two sim cards in one phone, without having to physically swap them out. Of the remaining two, the GT-I9195 is rumoured to be 4G LTE capable, and the GT-I9198 is being manufactured exclusively for Chinese markets.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini on O2: UK Price

The Galaxy S4 Mini will of course be availble on O2's On and On plan, with unlimited minutes and texts and 1GB data FREE at £37/month, OR just £32/month with an upfront cost of £69.99.