Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Nexus 4

Key Difference: Samsung has officially announced the little brother of its brand new flagship: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The phone comes with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers ~256 ppi pixel density. The weight of the phone has also been reduced to 107 grams for the 3G Model and 108 grams for the LTE Model. The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone.

 

Samsung has officially announced the little brother of its brand new flagship: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The S4 mini as the name suggests is the mini version of the Galaxy S4 released earlier on in 2013. The company has made the phone slimmer and lighter hoping to make it more appealing for the people that considered the original S4 bulky. According to JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics, “we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages.”

 

The company has slashed many extra oomph features from the phones such as cutting down screen size and reducing resolution to reduce the price of the phone. The phone comes with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that offers ~256 ppi pixel density. The weight of the phone has also been reduced to 107 grams for the 3G Model and 108 grams for the LTE Model. The device houses audio jack on the top, the volume rocker on the left, the power button on the right and the USB port on the bottom. The camera and loudspeaker grille with the flash are placed on the back.

 

The device is powered by 1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, making it pretty fast and responsive. It also comes with Adreno 305 GPU and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The 3G model comes with 1.5 GB RAM, while the LTE model comes with 2 GB RAM. The phone is offered with 8GB internal storage capacity, which can be extended by 64GB using a microSD card.

 

The company maintains certain nifty features such as the IR Blaster, S Translator, S Health, S Voice and many other that were available in the original S4. The device also houses a 8MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP HD front camera. The camera comes with features such as Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot and Story Album function. According to the press release, photos taken by the S4 Mini are automatically gathered and saved according to the user’s timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album. The phone comes with a removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery.

 

A number of the latest smartphones and tablets run on Android. Android is an open source software, which means that the code is freely available for modification and distribution by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Among the number of various companies, Google has also launched its own line of smartphones based on Android, called the Google Nexus. Each device in the Nexus line is produced via collaboration between Google and a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner.

 

The Nexus devices in general have an advantage over other devices in that the Android in the Nexus devices is pure. I.e. the Android does not have any manufacturer or wireless carrier modifications to it, such as a custom graphical user interface. The Android also has an unlockable bootloader to allow further development and end-user modification, all of which is usually blocked on other Android smartphones.

 

The Nexus 4 is Google's fourth Nexus-branded Android smartphone. It was produced in collaboration with LG Electronics. The phone features a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, front facing 1.3 megapixel camera and an 8 megapixel rear camera and a micro-SIM card tray. The phone runs on the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, which was launched with the phone. The phone also features a new camera technology, called the Photo Sphere. This allows one to take 360 deg Panorama shots.

 

 

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Samsung Website, the Google Nexus website and GSMArena.com.

 

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Nexus 4

Launch Date

July 2013

November 13, 2012

Company

Samsung

Google; designed in collaboration with and manufactured by LG Electronics.

Size

124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm

133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in)

Display

4.3”qHD (16:9 wide view) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen

540 x 960 pixels (~256 ppi pixel density); 16 million colors

768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density)

Protection

-

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Weight

107 grams

139g (4.90 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GT-I9192 (SIM 1 & SIM 2)

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GT-I9190, GT-I9195

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

LTE - GT-I9195 (optional)

No

GUI

TouchWiz UI

Pure Android

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core

Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

GPU

Adreno 305

Adreno 320

OS

Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400

Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon

RAM

1.5 GB (3G Model)/ 2 GB (LTE Model)

2 GB RAM

SIM Size

microSIM (Optional dual SIM)

Micro-SIM

Internal Memory

8GB (5GB available for user)

8/16 GB storage

Expandable Memory

Up to 64GB

None

Sensors

Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n

GPS + GLONASS

Bluetooth v4.0 (LE), NFC(LTE version only)

IR LED (Remote Control)

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC (Android Beam), Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS, 3G , HSPA+ 42, Wireless charging, SlimPort

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC (LTE version only), IR, USB.

WiFi, NFC, GPRS, EDGE, USB

Speed

HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP

USB

microUSB v2.0

microUSB (SlimPort) v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

1.9 MP

1.3 MP

Video

1080p@30fps

1080p@30fps

Camera Features

Autofocus

LED Flash

Geo-tagging

Sound & Shot

Night(Low Light Shot)

Best Photo

Best Face

Beauty Face(include Live Beauty)

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Panorama

Sports

Continuous Shot

  • Touch focus
  • Geo-tagging
  • Face detection
  • Photo Sphere

Sound Enhancement

-

SNS integration

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, Vorbis(OGG), FLAC, apt-X

MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3 player

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 2100 mAh battery

Available Colors

White Frost, Black Mist

Black

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

Browser

HTML5

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

No

GPS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Story Album
  • Group Play
  • S Translator
  • S Travel (TripAdvisor)
  • S Voice
  • S Health
  • Samsung Adapt Display
  • Samsung Adapt Sound
  • Safety Assistance
  • Samsung Link
  • Screen Mirroring
  • HomeSync
  • Smart Switch
  • Samsung KNOX
  • Google Mobile Services
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document viewer
  • Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass
  • Organizer
  • Image/video editor
  • Document editor
  • Google Search,
  • Maps, Gmail,
    YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

 

Image Courtesy: samsungmobilepress.com

Image Courtesy: blogs.computerworld.com

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