The new Galaxy S4 Mini comes out only a few months after the S4, a much quicker turn-around than the six months it took for the S III Mini to appear after the original S III. The S III Mini must have done quite well in terms of sales and didn't have a negative impact on the S III, because now all four smartphones are available at the same time. Today we'll take a closer look at the S4 Mini.
When we first picked up the S4 Mini out of the box, it felt a bit small after testing all those 5-inch or larger smartphones recently. It feels nice in your hand, and is very light at 110 grams. It's still a 4.3-inch smartphone, so it's not that small. The bezels on the sides are very thin, like on the S4. It looks very good, and the only minor drawback is that when you pick up the phone, it's possible to accidentally activate something. You run into more of a chance of this with a smaller phone like the S4 Mini, as it sits deeper in your hand than the larger S4.
In the end the S4 Mini, resembles the S4 a lot. It's slightly larger than the S III Mini. Compared to the larger S4, it has one sensor less above the screen. The tiny diamond pattern in the plastic on the front and back is more subtle than on the black S4 we tested, but it's there. At first it looks strange that the new S4 Mini is somewhat less thin than the S4. But with less surface area, the internal components had to fit somewhere. In this case, it meant making the phone slightly thicker.
Not only the timing of the launch was different for the S III Mini and the S4 Mini, the pricing also isn't the same. The S III Mini cost around 380 euros when we reviewed it, but the S4 Mini costs an average of 470 euros in the shops listed on our site. Not cheap, but significantly less than the 620 euros the S4 will cost you.