After announcing the new phones in the Galaxy S4 series individually, Samsung has today showcased the S4 Mini, the S4 Active and the S4 Zoom at the Samsung Premier 2013 event at London. These phones are unveiled along with Samsung ATIV Q convertible tablet and the NX camera which comes with interchangeable lens.
The mini variant of the S4 comes with a 4.3-inch qHD super AMOLED display, and has a 1.7GHz dual-core processor supported by 1.5GB of RAM. There is 8GB of internal storage in the phone which can be expanded up to 64GB through the microSD slot. It features an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.9-megapixel camera on front. On connectivity front, it features Wi-Fi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS,and NFC which will be available on LTE version only. The phone will also come with IR LED which would help the phone double up as a remote control. On software front, the phone will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the latest from the Google. And then there will be a 1,900 mAh battery.
The other phone unveiled is the Galaxy S4 Active which the company claims will be known for its durability as it will be a rather rugged version of the Galaxy S4.The phone is 9.1mm thick and is 153g in weight. It is a IP67 certified product so it can protect against dirt and is water resistant. The water resistance will work for 30 minutes under 1m of depth and will be able to survive extreme dusty conditions of a desert. The touch screen won’t work under water but the camera will work as the volume rockers act as shutter buttons and it has a software ‘Aqua Mode’. For other actions, Samsung has dumped capacitive keys for hardware buttons.
In terms of features, the phone will come with a 5-inch HD TFT display converting to 443 ppi along with Glove Touch technology. The phone will be powered by a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There will be an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel secondary camera, and on memory front it will have 16GB of internal storage supplemented by a microSD card that supports up to 64GB of storage. In terms of connectivity, it features 3G, Wi-Fi ac, Wi-Fi Direct, IrDA, NFC, USB 2.0, and Bluetooth 4.0. The phone will house a 2,600mAh battery.
Last but not the least is the S4 Zoom which is sort of a lovechild of the Galaxy Camera and the Galaxy S4 smartphone. Galaxy S4 Zoom will come with a 4.3-inch sAMOLED qHD display offering 960×540 pixels resolution. It will be powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and will run on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean just like the other two models. The phone will measure 15.4mm thick due to its huge 16-megapixel camera sensor that offers 10x of optical zoom.
Considering that the camera will be the USP of the phone, the back of the phone will sport a 16-megapixel snapper with 10x optical zoom and built-in optical image stabilization (OIS). The front will have a 1.9-megapixel camera. This apart there will be 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 64GB. On connectivity front, there will be support for 3G or LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The phone will feature a 2,330mAh battery.
It also incorporates a number of features from the Galaxy Camera like Smart shoot that adds a number of modes to the interface. An unique feature allows users to share images during a call with the caller. Users can also use the zoom ring to manipulate a dial like UI that pops up on the screen.
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