Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on June 7, 2013

Just how ‘mini’ is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini when compared to its bigger brother, the Samsung Galaxy S4? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Galaxy S4 Mini still cut it? How big is the Galaxy S4 Mini’s storage capacity and will buyers be short changed? Is the Galaxy S4 Mini actually that much smaller and thinner than its rival? What we need is a simple side-by-side comparison. Oh here’s one…

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S4
Display 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 5.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
(256.047 PPI)
1080 x 1920 pixels
(440.6 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1.6GHz eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410
Software Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording 13.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 2.0MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 61.3 x 124.6 x 8.9mm 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9mm
Weight 107g 130g
Talktime TBC TBC
Standby TBC TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, S-Voice, S-Travel, S-Health, optional dual SIM, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Connectivity

The spec sheet of the Galaxy S4 Mini lists a dual SIM, NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR as the core connectivity options. Data downloads will zip over 4G (if your network supports it). As for the Galaxy S4, Samsung has built it with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi as standard. There’s also 4G connectivity where available.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Size/Weight

Size matters. The Galaxy S4 Mini is the slimmer of the two phones with a depth of 7.9mm. The Galaxy S4 is wider, measuring 69.8mm to the Galaxy S4 Mini’s 61.3mm. Tipping the scales at 130g, the Galaxy S4 is weightier than its opponent. The Galaxy S4 Mini weighs 107g. The Galaxy S4 Mini sneaks into an early lead, although we doubt it will last.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (2-1)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Camera/Video

The Galaxy S4 Mini’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features: autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording. It has a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Oh and there’s also a 1.9MP camera on the front for making video calls. It’s a good package.

The Galaxy S4 beats its opponent with an improved 13.0 Megapixel lens with a maximum resolution of 4208 x 3120 plus autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Dual Shot, Panorama and Drama Shot modes, simultaneous video/image recording and 1080p video capture. Another 2.0 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Display

The Galaxy S4 Mini comes with a display that features crisp and vibrant Super AMOLED technology. It measures 4.3 inches across but only has a quoted resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. That feels a little low. Get the calculator out and the pixels per inch (PPI) measurement of this 4.3-inch display is 256.047. It is low.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 256.047.

The Galaxy S4′s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display is larger, measuring 5.0 inches on the diagonal. Do the math again and, with 2073600 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is a striking 440.6.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Processor

Pitting the processors against each other, the Galaxy S4 Mini’s chip is a capable 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400, while the Galaxy S4 uses a eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, clocked at 1.6GHz. The S4 blows its smaller brother out of the water in this CPU battle.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (2-4)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4

After five rounds, the Galaxy S4 leads by 4-2. That’s not unexpected – the S4 Mini is a cheaper, less well-equipped handset. How will it do in the forthcoming software, storage and battery life rounds?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Software

Neither phone wins this Android 4.2.2 vs. Android 4.2.2 battle. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (3-5)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. Which means… The Galaxy S4 stays out in front.
— The two phones share the points (4-6)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Storage

Next up, the storage fight. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini incorporates 8GB of built-in storage. The competing Galaxy S4 comes in different versions, cramming in either 16, 32 or 64GB-worth of storage. The Galaxy S4 Mini also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 72GB. The 64GB storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can also be expanded to 128GB via the built-in microSD slot.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (4-7)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S4 share the points (5-8)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 Mini also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, S-Voice, S-Travel, S-Health, optional dual SIM, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot. In comparison, the Galaxy S4 is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, DLNA, S-Voice, Smart Stay eye tracking, S Voice Drive, S Health, accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, temperature & humidity sensor, gesture recognition and a TV-out.
— The Galaxy S4 wins (5-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins! (5-9)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Comparable
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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