Difference between Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and Sony Xperia S

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 Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor.

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.

Sony is well-known electronics company that has made itself a popular manufacturer of smartphones. The company initially launched phones in collaboration with Ericsson, but it has parted ways with the company and has completely taken over the Xperia brand. The company announced a new line up of phones for the Xperia line-up, including Xperia S. The Xperia S was launched in February 2012 and was a high-range phone at that time, amount to approximately EUR 520.

The Xperia S features a 4.3-inch TFT touch screen with shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass. The display provides an impressive 342 ppi density, which was the highest at the time of the phone’s release. The high density ensures that the viewers get nothing but hi-res display with clear, crisp images and absolutely no pixilation. The device is a little bulky and heavy at 144 grams. The phone is encased in a plastic chassis, which comes off as a little cheap looking. The phone also said to creak and make noises when pressure is put on it. The Xperia S is a bar phone, which features a clear plastic strip on the bottom side of the phone that has the Home, Back and Menu button imprints on it but don’t let the imprint fool you, the buttons are actually located on the top of the clear strip and not on the strip. The top of the device houses the power/unlock button with the 3.55mm jack. The right side of the phone has the volume rocker, an HDMI out socket and the physical camera button, while the left side has a USB charging/sync port.

The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor, making it quite fast when operational. The processor allows the user to seamless shift between screens and apps on the phone. It can also handle hi-res games, movies and multi-tasking. The device comes with Android v2.3, which is upgradeable to Android v4.0. The company has announced a 4.1 update, but release date for the update is not yet revealed. The device is available with 32 GB internal storage capacity and 1 GB RAM. The device does not support MicroSD cards, which means that the user is stuck with only 32 GB storage and this also causes a problem for the user to transfer data on to the phone.

The device houses a 12.1 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera comes with Sony’s Exmor R for mobile technology and produces beautiful, colorful high-res images. The device is also capable of recording HD videos. The Xperia S also sports a 1.3 MP front camera for video calls, which is quite good compared to the other VGA and 1 MP cameras available on the other phones in the same price range. The Xperia S also comes with xLOUD Experience, clear stereo and clear bass and 3D surround sound for an amazing audio experience. The device is available with other features such as: Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA, NFC and USB On-the-go. The S has a non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery, that provides 8 hours 30 min talk-time and 420 hours of standby time on 3G according to the company.

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


Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Sony Xperia S

Launch Date

July 2013

February 2012





124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm

128.0 x 64.0 x 10.6 mm


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

4.3-inch scratch-resistant TFT touchscreen


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

1280 x 720 pixels (~342 ppi pixel density), 16 million colors



Shatter proof sheet on scratch-resistant glass


107 grams

144 grams

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

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

GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900

3G Network

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

UMTS HSPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100

4G Network

LTE - GT-I9195 (optional)



TouchWiz UI

Timescape UI

CPU speed

1.7 GHz Krait Dual-core

1.5 GHz Qualcomm Dual-core processor


Adreno 305

Adreno 220


Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), planned upgrade to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400

Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon


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

1 GB

SIM Size

microSIM (Optional dual SIM)


Internal Memory

8GB (5GB available for user)

32 GB

Expandable Memory

Up to 64GB



Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyro, Magnetic

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Magnetometer and Gyroscope.


WiFi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n


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

IR LED (Remote Control)

GSM GPRS Up to 86 kbps;

GSM EDGE Up to 237 kbps; Wi-Fi hotspot; Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, USB.


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

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC, USB.


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

UMTS HSPA cat 6 (upload) Up to 5.8 Mbps; UMTS HSPA cat 10(download) Up to 14.4 Mbps


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

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR

Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR


microUSB v2.0

microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels

12.1 MP autofocus rear camera

Secondary Camera

1.9 MP

1.3 MP, 720 pixels front camera


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HD video recording (1080p)

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
  • 16x digital zoom
  • LED flash
  • Touchfocus
  • Sony’s Exmor R for mobile CMOS sensor
  • f/2.4 Aperture
  • 3D Sweep Panorama
  • Face recognition and Smile Shutter

Sound Enhancement


xLOUD Experience

Clear stereo and clear bass

3D surround sound

Audio supported formats

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

MP3, 3GPP, MP4, SMF, WAV, OTA, Ogg vorbis

Video supported formats

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


Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1900 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 1750 mAh battery


No official data released.

2G: 7 hours 30 min

3G: 8 hours 30 min

Standby Time

No official data released.

2G: 450 hours

3G: 420 hours

Available Colors

White Frost, Black Mist

Black, White


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

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



HTML5, Adobe Flash


Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Java via 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)
  • Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
  • 3D and motion gaming
  • Timescape with Twitter integrated
  • PlayStation Certified
  • TV launcher
  • HDMI Support
  • DLNA Certified
  • Screenshot capturing
  • Native USB tethering, NFC, ANT+
  • Google Voice Search, Google Talk with video chat, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Gallery 3D, Google Maps with Street View and Latitude
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial/commands
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: samsungmobilepress.com, sonymobile.com

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