Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the GS4

CNET checks out how the new Galaxy S4 Mini stacks up against its bigger brother, the original GS4.

Samsung Galaxy S4
How does the Samsung Galaxy S4 (pictured here) compare with its Mini sibling? Sarah Tew/CNET

Following the success of its flagship handset, the Galaxy S4, Samsung announcedthat it will launch a smaller version of the device in the U.S. and U.K. Aptly named the Galaxy S4 Mini, the manufacturer will release 4G, 3G, and 3G dual-SIM models.

While pricing and carrier information remain unknown, a few key specs were released. As you can see from the chart below, not only is the new device physically smaller, it also has some less powerful hardware features.

For example, it has an 8-megapixel camera (compared with the GS4's 13-megapixel), a dual-core CPU, and a 1,900mAh battery.

That doesn't mean the phone is at all entry-level, however. In and of itself, the GS4 Mini is a promising device. It would appear that after hearing gripes about the GS4 being "too big," the Mini is a solution for users who want a GS4, but in a smaller, more easy-to-manage package. To learn more about the handset, including suggestions about which version would be right for you, be sure to check out Jessica Dolcourt's first impressions.

Spec                           Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini                   &nbsp                         &nbspSamsung Galaxy S4
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2Android 4.2.2
Dimensions4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches; 3.8 ounces5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 inches; 4.6 ounces
Display4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi
4G LTEYes, in addition to 3G and 3G dual-SIM versionsYes
NFCYes (LTE version only)Yes
Rear camera and recording8-megapixel13-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera1.9-megapixel2-megapixel
Processor1.7GHz dual-core processor1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa
Capacity8GB; 1.5GB RAM16GB, 32GB, 64GB; 2GB RAM
Expandable memoryUp to 64GBUp to 64GB
PriceTBAVerizon: $199.99, 16GB with contract; AT&T: $199.99, 16GB with contract; T-Mobile: $149.99 down plus $20/month for 24 months; Sprint: $249.99, 16GB, new customers get it for $149.99. Unlocked GS4: $649*, 16GB
CarriersTBAAT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Available colorsBlack, whiteBlack, white; blue, purple, and brown coming later this year

* = starting base price

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