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.

How does the Samsung Galaxy S4 (pictured here) compare with its Mini sibling?
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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                         &nbsp Samsung Galaxy S4
Operating system Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2.2
Dimensions 4.91 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches; 3.8 ounces 5.38 x 2.71 x 0.31 inches; 4.6 ounces
Display 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920x1,080 pixels, 441ppi
4G LTE Yes, in addition to 3G and 3G dual-SIM versions Yes
NFC Yes (LTE version only) Yes
Rear camera and recording 8-megapixel 13-megapixel, 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 1.9-megapixel 2-megapixel
Processor 1.7GHz dual-core processor 1.9GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 (U.S. version); or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa
Capacity 8GB; 1.5GB RAM 16GB, 32GB, 64GB; 2GB RAM
Expandable memory Up to 64GB Up to 64GB
Battery 1,900mAh 2,600mAh
Price TBA Verizon: $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
Carriers TBA AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon
Available colors Black, white Black, white; blue, purple, and brown coming later this year

* = starting base price

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