Flashback: Samsung's Galaxy S minis have been small but infrequently deserving of the S-branding

Flashback: Samsung's Galaxy S minis have been small but infrequently deserving of the S-branding

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Flashback: Samsung's Galaxy S minis have been small but infrequently deserving of the S-branding



Mini phones are on our mind again – when are they no longer? – but the maximum recent memory to surface is just some other confirmation that the market doesn’t virtually need such gadgets.

Specifically, we want to talk about the Samsung Galaxy S III mini and its ilk. The first one got here out in October 2012, approximately 1/2 a yr after the big S III. We find it a chunk funny that this “mini” phone has the same show as the original Galaxy S, which become just over years vintage at this point. Both had a four.0” Super AMOLED panel with 480 x 800px decision (15:nine). This was 30% smaller (in phrases of floor vicinity) than the 4.Eight” 16:9 panel that the big S III had, so it was certainly a “mini”.

Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

The which means of “mini” would retain to trade and quite quickly at that. And it was deceptive too. Yes, minis were smaller, but a greater considerable difference between them and the flagships that they were named after were the hardware specs. It could have been more correct to call this cellphone the “Galaxy S III mid-ranger”.

The Galaxy S III mini bore a flagship’s name, but it changed into itself some distance from a flagship – it had a dual-middle Cortex-A9 CPU (1.0GHz) and a Mali-400 GPU, this NovaThor U8420 chipset turned into weaker than the Exynos 4210 Dual of the Galaxy S II from the year before. There was no comparing it to the quad-core CPU of the entire-on flagship. The NovaThor changed into paired with 1GB of RAM (identical as the large S III, highly) and 8GB of garage, plus a microSD slot.

Also, the WVGA display had low pixel density, the primary digicam was an unimpressive 5MP shooter with 720p video capture (in comparison to 8MP 1080p of the S III), the 0.3MP selfie digital camera was even more basic (compared to a 1.9MP module for the S III).

This became no minified Galaxy S III, it turned into a mid-ranger styled to look like the more expensive telephone. The Galaxy S Advance become basically the equal cellphone, except exceedingly inexpensive. If you could get past its old appears (which had been based totally at the S II), you may save plenty of coins. The Galaxy S III mini was luxurious for what it was, so it couldn’t keep tempo with the sales of the real Galaxy S III.

That didn’t discourage Samsung and it attempted once more the subsequent 12 months with the Galaxy S4 mini. This one had a 4.3” 16:nine display (540 x 960px), which was comparable to the four.3” 15:nine show of the Galaxy S II (480 x 800px). Crucially, it changed into 26% smaller than the actual Galaxy S4. The pixel density turned into nowhere near the 1080p show of the S4, although (256ppi vs. 441ppi).

Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

The S4 mini changed into relatively powerful – the Snapdragon four hundred with its dual-center Krait 300 CPU and Adreno 305 changed into no match for the Exynos 4310 (octa-middle CPU with A15 A7 cores and PowerVR SGX544MP3), but it was still a zippy chipset. It was given 1.5GB of RAM (half of a gig down from the S4) and 8GB storage, once more with a microSD growth (the ones had been the times).

The camera additionally saw a massive upgrade with an 8MP sensor – now not quite as much as the 13MP widespread of the S4, but at the least it matched it with 1080p @ 30fps video recording. And the 1.9MP selfie camera turned into similar too.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini was a far better telephone than the S III mini changed into. Still some distance from a true flagship, however some thing which you wouldn’t feel bad buying. However, it changed into nonetheless fairly steeply-priced at €380 (a real S4 might be discovered for around €100 more with a few attempt).

Another 12 months, every other mini – the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini, to be unique. This one changed into larger still with a four.Five” show, a 720p panel this time that eventually placed it in Retina show territory. The real Galaxy S5 grew handiest barely from the S4 and had a 5.1” 1080p show, so the S5 mini display was most effective 22% smaller.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini • Samsung Galaxy S5

The defining feature of the S5 turned into its IP67 score for dirt and water resistance, a first for the flagship line (now not counting the Galaxy S4 Active, that's another tale) and something that would turn out to be the norm going ahead. To S5 mini’s credit score, it too had an IP67 rating.

That said, Samsung in reality dropped the ball on overall performance – the Snapdragon 400 wasn’t tremendous, but at least those Krait cores presented solid unmarried-core overall performance. The Galaxy S5 mini had a quad Cortex-A7 CPU and a Mali-400MP4 GPU, which changed into just not competitive. Also, the camera had essentially no enhancements because the S4 mini while the Galaxy S5 had moved directly to 4K video.

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

The Galaxy S4 mini showed promise, but the S5 mini was a lot like the S III mini – A on the seems, C- on the features. And the charge became still higher than it should have been.

Unfortunately, that is where the tale ends. There had been some rumors about a Galaxy S6 mini with a four.6”/4.7” show and a Snapdragon 808 chipset, however no such telephone was ever released (in truth, Samsung dodged the Snapdragon 808 and 810 altogether, but that too is every other tale).

We don’t have unique numbers of what number of Galaxy S minis Samsung controlled to sell. One document from 2013 described the S4 mini income as “lackluster” without moving into more info. At the cease of the day, if the mini test was successful, Samsung might have made extra of them – and would be making minis to nowadays.

But the Galaxy S23 is as small as Samsung is inclined to head. In truth, the S23 is the smallest Samsung smartphone, length – even the A0 and M0 access level gadgets are larger. To be truthful, few modern smartphones are as small because the S23. Not that we would name it a “mini”.

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