Samsung Galaxy S4 mini sneaks into M1 stores

The miniature version of Samsung’s latest flagship device, the S4 mini, has discreetly hit Singapore shelves.

For a while, we here at 21st Tech thought that we’d never be able to see the S4 mini in Singapore so soon, but today as we walked past an M1 store (yes, the same one where we discovered the HTC Desire 600 DualSim), we saw a dummy model of the S4 mini sitting quietly on a display shelf.

When we went back to check M1’s website, sure enough, the S4 mini was listed there, for a whopping $448 on M1’s Sunsaver plan. You can view the device here. Unfortunately, the device is NOT listed on Starhub’s and Singtel’s website. Does this mean that its an exclusive? We hope not. Anyway, let’s check out the specs of the newly-released device. Click in to find out more…

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The S4 mini sitting quietly on a display shelf, next to the Ace 2 and Galaxy Express
The S4 mini sitting quietly on a display shelf, next to the Ace 2 and Galaxy Express

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s extensive TouchWiz customizations on top. That includes the WatchON app with IR blaster, an 8MP camera with Sound & Shot and Panorama modes (but no double shot or 360 photo), Group Play and S Health (but without the barometer, temperature or humidity sensors).

The smartphone is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor (the same Snapdragon 400 chipset used in the Mega 6.3) with 1.5GB RAM. There’s 8GB of built-in storage, expandable via the microSD card slot.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini measures 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm and weighs 107g compared to 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and 130g for the full-sized Galaxy S4. It packs a 1,900mAh user-replaceable battery and will launch with two color options, White Frost and Black Mist.

The Galaxy S3 mini wasn’t really successful, and some said that it looks too much like a child’s toy, but it seems that Samsung has managed to iron out some edges in the “mini” series, and the S4 mini is a (nice) final product. That being said, we are still skeptical about how well the device will sell, given its price, which we feel is seriously too much to ask for this mid-ranger. Sure, it holds the name of its flagship cousin, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be so heavy on the wallet.

We’ll just have to wait and see if people will be interested in this device. In the meantime, we’re still trying to figure out if the device will be available in Singtel and Starhub.

Specs: gsmarena

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