Americans who've wanted Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini no longer have to find an importer -- the company now says that its mid-range smartphone will reach AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular and Verizon in November. The 4.3-inch handset will largely go unchanged for its stateside debut, although Samsung is doubling the built-in storage to a much healthier 16GB. Galaxy Gear compatibility should come shortly after launch, the phone maker says. The GS4 Mini likely won't generate as much US interest as its full-size sibling, but it's hard to object to having a wider selection of compact smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini Coming to the U.S. Next Month
October 23, 2013
Smartphone offers sleek and compact design with the exceptional Galaxy experience
Dallas, TX - Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that the Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini, a compact smartphone featuring some of the most popular Galaxy S 4 experiences, will be available in the U.S. beginning in November. The Galaxy S 4 mini is just 4.9in x 2.4in and is packed with Samsung flagship experiences like WatchOn™, S Beam™ and advanced camera features.
"Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers' needs," said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor."
Outstanding Galaxy Features:
The Galaxy S 4 mini has some of the best software features from the Galaxy S 4 in a compact form factor to enrich the user experience.
- Intuitive Camera Interface: The Galaxy S 4 mini's 8-megapixel camera has zero shutter lag allowing users to document special moments without delay. The Galaxy S 4 mini is equipped with the familiar and easy-to-navigate user interface found on the Galaxy S 4 and supports numerous shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound & Shot, Panorama and more to enhance photos taken by even the most novice photographer.
- WatchON: Control your television using the Galaxy S 4 mini as a remote control. Discover a rich TV viewing experience with a Smart Remote that is functional with any IR capable TV or Set Top Box. Users can share content from the Galaxy S 4 mini to a TV effortlessly, as well as look for something to watch in a new way that lets you browse by genre, search by title or receive recommendations based on your interests.
-Easy Mode: Helps smooth the transition for first-time smartphone owners by simplifying the home screen layout, camera, calendar, messaging and the internet browser to make the phone easy to navigate. Once a user is more comfortable with their Galaxy S 4 mini, they can easily switch back to the standard home screen interface.
- Simple Sharing: Quickly and easily transfer large files, such as videos and documents, to other Galaxy phones with S Beam. Touch the back of the Galaxy S 4 mini to any S Beam enabled phone and share without needing a Wi-Fi® connection or cell signal.Users are able to simultaneously enjoy music, photos, documents and games with friends through the Group Play™ function.
The Galaxy S 4 mini is designed with a beautiful 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED™ (960 X 540) display with 256DPI. The Galaxy S 4 mini will run on Android™ 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and includes a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of internal RAM. It is powered by a removable 1,900 mAh battery and features an expandable memory of up to 64GB to complement the 16GB of standard onboard storage.†
The Galaxy S 4 mini will receive a software update soon after launch and will be compatible with Galaxy Gear™, Samsung's first wearable smartphone experience. Galaxy Gear extends the Galaxy S 4 mini experience to your wrist and enhances everyday moments with real time updates for quick and convenient access.
The Galaxy S 4 mini comes in Black Mist and White Frost color options, and will be available beginning next month. Wireless carriers will announce their specific availability, colors and timing. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular will carry the Galaxy S 4 mini.
Accessorize the Galaxy S 4 mini with the S-View Flip Cover, a specially designed flip cover that has a clear window to view a text message or missed call notification, answer or reject a call, and view the battery status. Sold separately, the S-View Flip Cover comes in black and white color options to add style- while protecting the device and providing privacy. Flip Covers are also available without the S-View window in an array of colors including black, white, light blue, and pink.
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