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Samsung's lower-cost Galaxy S4 Mini (pictures)

The dominant Android phone maker has a smaller, lower-end alternative to its flagship Galaxy S4. Here's a look at the 4.3-inch model.

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Stephen Shankland worked at CNET from 1998 to 2024 and wrote about processors, digital photography, AI, quantum computing, computer science, materials science, supercomputers, drones, browsers, 3D printing, USB, and new computing technology in general. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces. His first big scoop was about radioactive cat poop.
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Galaxy S4 Mini black and white

The new Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, announced Thursday, is a downsized version of the popular Galaxy S4 smartphone. The Mini sports a 4.3-inch screen, versus the 5-inch screen of its larger sibling. The smaller device comes in black and white varieties, and on the front of each is a 1.9-megapixel camera for video chats and self-portraits.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini back

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is an 8-megapixel camera. The phone comes with several of the software features of its higher-end S4 sibling, including the "Sound and Shot" ability to attach sound recordings to photos, the "Story Album" feature to automatically organize photos, a panorama mode, and "Beauty Face" intended to create more flattering portraits.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini side view

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is 8.94mm thick and weighs 107g, about 3.8 ounces.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen. Inside is a 1.7GHz dual-core processor.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini comes with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and 8-megapixel camera.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini continues Samsung's tradition of using plastic exterior materials rather than heavier, more expensive, and classier metal or glass.

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