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It was only a few months after the Galaxy S3 launched that we saw the first Mini handset out in the wild: the Galaxy S3 Mini. Fast forward later into 2013 and we’re hearing about what is reportedly a Galaxy S4 Mini. Samsung isn’t the only one creating Mini versions of its flagship devices though. HTC is joining the party as well with the HTC One Mini, or HTC M4.
As manufacturers begin to produce Mini versions of their handsets, the question has to be asked. What’s with all of these dumbed-down versions of popular flagship handsets?
Does Android need small handsets?
There all billions of people in this world and every last one of them has their own likes and dislikes. You and me, we’re different. I could tell you how much I love my Galaxy Note 2 with its epic 5.5-inch screen while you may scoff at the idea of holding such a large phone up to your ear. To you, it may serve well as a tablet, but definitely not a phone.
Right there you can see two different types of people — one who likes large phones and the other who prefers a smaller device. If all Android had was large devices I don’t think it would be as popular as it is now. Forcing someone who likes small handsets to use a big smartphone would put that person in an uncomfortable situation. That doesn’t bring people to your operating system. On the contrary, it shies them away.
Android is a very diverse OS. It targets low- and high-income demographics while also appealing to a wide variety of preferences. So, if we took small handsets out of the Android picture, the OS would lose a lot of popularity because that essentially alienates the demographic who likes small handsets. So yes, Android does need small handsets along with many other sizes.
Why are manufacturers creating Mini editions?
We can’t know the exact reason, but there sure are some sensible answers. Let’s use the Galaxy S4 as an example. There are people who are excited about the 5-inch screen the device touts while others aren’t so onboard with it. Those people, due to their dislike of the display size, are, in most cases, looking at other options to meet their preference.
Samsung can fix this easily. They already have the design in place, what hardware they’re going to use and what software the Galaxy S4 will have. Simply dumbing down the Galaxy S4 a little bit to create a Mini handset seems the most cost effective way to meet the two demographics we talked about earlier: those who like large screens and those who don’t.
Samsung’s Note series is a great example of this. We have the Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Galaxy Note 2. They all essentially do the same thing, but they are all different sizes. Those three products appeal to those who like small devices, large devices and even something in between.
Along with the various device sizes, simply creating a Galaxy Note 10.1 allows Samsung to continue using the popular Note brand name with a variety of devices instead of creating an entirely new product. This way consumers will become familiar with a brand like the Note and are more likely to purchase that instead of a new, unfamiliar product.
The Korean tech giant is maximizing its potential profit by meeting just about every demographic. Of course, you can’t please everyone, so there’ll always be those who scoff at the devices.
Do Android manufacturers serve this niche well?
Samsung sure is, but Android manufacturers as a whole? Not as much as they should be. Android Authority’s Robert Triggs in a post about HTC’s quarterly earnings said what makes Samsung so strong is that they make a lot of decent handsets fitting a range of different budgets. LG and Sony do this too, but as I mentioned above, not nearly enough.
HTC does not seem to be following in Samsung, LG or Sony’s footsteps when it comes to meeting demands in different demographics, which could be a good thing. The Next Web quoted HTC UK chief Phil Robertson saying:
We have to get back to focusing on what made us great – amazing hardware and a great customer experience. We ended 2011 with far more products than we started out with. We tried to do too much.
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 may have garnered the company a lot of success, but it sure isn’t the only thing that put them at the top. All of their handsets together contributed to the success, which continues to spread like wildfire. Without Samsung creating handsets for a wide variety of budgets and preferences, it’s hard to believe that they would the top dog by a landslide.
The problem with Mini handsets
Compared to the handsets that are coming out lately, the iPhone is a very small device. One of the reasons why it’s so popular is due to its size though. It offers a 4-inch display (3.5-inch for past models), which makes it appealing to those who prefer a more compact experience. Interestingly, various studies have showed that more women prefer the iPhone than an Android device. Does size have anything to do with that?
Furthermore, whether you like it or not, the iPhone has some decent hardware as well.
That’s where the problem lies with Mini handsets: hardware. In every Mini rendition we’ve seen so far, there hasn’t been one that had premium specs. In fact, the Galaxy S3 Mini feels like it’s mid-range at best (check out our video review below). Holding the name of the Galaxy S3 you’d think all Samsung would have done is shrink the screen size. It makes you wonder though, why don’t OEMs make small premium handsets? Apple does it, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
Not everyone wants a small form factor with below-average specs.
At the time being, a lot of people may look at small Android handsets like the Galaxy S3 Mini as a gimmick or quick money grab, but that may change in the near future. Future Motorola devices are supposedly going to be “just right” when it comes to screen size. In an interview with PC Magazine, Motorola design chief Jim Wicks when discussing screen size said, “I think ‘just right’ is important, and we’re designing so we don’t disappoint those people.”
What is “just right” though? We can’t know exactly, but the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5 is called “just right” on Apple’s own website. It’s just my own speculation, but it’s possible that we’ll be seeing some premium “Mini” devices from Motorola in the future.
All in all, Mini versions of handsets have a place in the constantly evolving world of Android. With Android being a very diverse operating system, we should be welcoming Mini editions of smartphones. They’re made to appeal to a wider demographic of people, which ultimately brings more popularity to Android. It isn’t a far-fetched idea that Android would not be as popular as it is now if we didn’t have these types of phones among many others.
With all of that said, what do you think of Mini editions of flagship models? We’d love to hear what you think! Let us know in the comments below!
Did you ever think a time would come that a 4.3” phone would be considered “mini”? On the flipside, did you ever think anyone would really want a 6.3” phone? Well, if you were Samsung, and were driving the Android device landscape, you did.
The expected arrival of the Galaxy S4 mini is getting closer, as the device has made an appearance in the Samsung source code. That usually means it’s well on its way to being mass produced and available for purchase. The Galaxy S4 is due in a few weeks, so it’s reasonable to think we could see the “mini” a few weeks later.
That could cannibalize sales of the S4, or it could be a two-pronged attack from Samsung. Once the S4 mini enters the market, we would have a multitude of Samsung offerings. At that point, they would have a device at just about every screen size, with a variety of specs, at a variety of price points. That’s market dominance if we’ve ever seen it.
Another thing to think about is the time-frame of availability. IF we expect the S4 in a few weeks, and could see the S4 mini a few weeks later… that’s right about the time of Google I/O. Maybe Samsung wants to steal a little thunder… like Google cancelling Reader right around the time of their S4 launch event at Radio City Music Hall.
The Colorfly CT781 is a brand new iPad mini clone from China that runs Android, in addition to the Goopad mini that we’ve seen a while ago.
Made by Colorful, the Colorfly CT781 sports a 7.85-inch display, and while it looks like an iPad mini, it’s actually thinner than one. The Colorfly measures 6.71mm in thickness, compared to the iPad mini’s 7.2mm. The Android tablet has a bezel of only 4.90mm, while the iPad mini measures in at 5.70mm.
When it comes to specs, the device offers a quad-core AllWinner A31 processor, 1GB of RAM and PowerVR SGX544 MP2 GPU and Android OS under the hood, although it’s no clear what version we’re talking about.
Pricing details and launch dates aren’t available at this time, but the Colorful’s 9.7-inch tablet retails for around 7 in China, which means the 7.85-inch tablet should be even cheaper.
According to DigiTimes, Colorful expects to sell as many as 800,000 Colorfly CT781 units in China.
Is that a tablet you’d be interested in?
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Yesterday, photos were posted to Twitter revealing the Galaxy S4 Mini. However, another image was posted to Twitter today reportedly revealing four Galaxy S4 Mini model listings on the Samsung support website.
Italian publication Android Caotic (source below) reports that the GT-I9190 is the standard Galaxy S4 Mini model while the GT-I9192 is the dual-SIM version. The GT-I9195 is reportedly the LTE variant and the GT-I9198 seems to be a model being made for China.
This, of course, has not been confirmed by Samsung, so it’d be best to treat it as a rumor for now. On the other hand, it would be highly possible that four Galaxy S4 Mini models exist considering Samsung often makes multiple models for different markets.
According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S4 Mini is expected to have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD 960 × 540 display with a pixel density of 256ppi. It is also said to have a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and is running the latest version of Android, 4.2.2.
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has appeared online via a Twitter account of someone named Ermek Kubanychbekov. He has posted multiple photos online of the Galaxy S4 Mini in addition to comparison photos against the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4.
The SamMobile says that the device has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD with a pixel density of 256ppi in addition to a 1.6GHz dual-core processor. Moreover, the device is based on Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 running the latest version of Android, 4.2.2.
Nothing has been confirmed by Samsung, of course, but contrary to earlier rumors, SamMobile says the device is expected to launch during the summer in June or July. If that is the case and is not just a rumor, it shouldn’t be long before Samsung makes an official announcement.
The Galaxy S4 Mini, as expected, looks a lot like its big brother, the Galaxy S4. Hopefully we’ll get official confirmation from Samsung soon.
Budget tablets with high-resolution displays are coming later this year, an analyst estimates, with the second-gen Nexus 7 to beat to market a Retina iPad mini.
DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza said that a Nexus 7 2 could arrive with an HD+ resolution display – 1920 x 1200 – that would bump pixel density from 216ppi for the current model up to 323ppi.
Display mass production for the Nexus 7 could start in the second quarter of the year, much earlier than panel production for the Retina iPad mini.
Apple is said to launch the iPad mini in the third or fourth quarter and equip it with a 2048 x 1536 resolution display, like the one found on the iPad 3 and iPad 4, but smaller. Pixel density would double, from 163 on the first-generation iPad mini to 324 on its successor.
Among the potential Retina iPad mini display makers, Semenza lists LG Display, AUO, Japan Display and even Sharp, but he doesn’t mention Nexus 7 2 screen suppliers.
Actual launch dates for either product aren’t provided yet, so we’ll have to wait a while for more availability details on these two new products. At the same time, we’ll remind you that analysts do make mistakes, and we’re yet to see either Google or Apple announce their upcoming tablets, so take everything with a grain of salt for now.
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The Galaxy S4 will be unveiled in two days, but that’s not the only new smartphone Samsung will launch this year. The company is rumored to also release a refreshed Galaxy S3 model that will offer certain improved specs, which only makes us wonder why make a Galaxy S4 mini in the first place?
The new Galaxy S3 version will reportedly feature a better display, wireless charging and a larger 2400mAh battery. The news comes from Russian mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin, famous for his previous leaks related to various mobile products, although he’s not always right in his predictions.
Of course, launching a new Galaxy S3 version, maybe an S3 Plus model, would certainly be something that Samsung would do. After all, the company is still milking the Galaxy S2 cash cow with various updated models.
But since it started making mini models based on the flagship Galaxy S version last year as well, why not rebrand this rumored Galaxy S3 refresh as a Galaxy S4 mini. Won’t the Galaxy S3 basically become a smaller, cheaper version of the Galaxy S4 as soon as the latter starts selling?
We have no idea when this Galaxy S3 refresh will be launched, or how much it will cost once it’s available, but we’ll certainly keep you updated on this particular product in case it does become real.
As for the Galaxy S4 mini, it’s not yet clear whether the device will be unveiled on Thursday or only later this year.
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It should be common knowledge by now that Samsung is holding its Unpacked event in New York City on March 14, where it will unveil the Galaxy S4. While the spotlight might be on the Galaxy S4, rumors are saying that Samsung won’t just be announcing the Galaxy S4 but the Galaxy S4 Mini as well.
What do current Galaxy S4 Mini rumors say?
We reported in early February that a rumor surfaced claiming that the Galaxy S4 Mini is a part of the Project J family, codenamed Serrano. The Galaxy S4 Mini is reportedly confirmed, which makes sense considering that a Galaxy S3 Mini accompanied the Galaxy S3 a few months after the Galaxy S3 was launched. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this trend continue.
A few days after the claim of the Galaxy S4 Mini being reportedly confirmed, we received wind that the device could be releasing as early as May, a month after the Galaxy S4 is allegedly supposed to launch. Considering that a Galaxy S4 Mini seems to be a given at this point, will we see it at the event next week?
Is it even worth manufacturing a Galaxy S4 Mini?
We more than likely will not see a Galaxy S4 Mini unveiling alongside the Galaxy S4′s announcement, and for a good reason too. That’s not to say that Samsung won’t make an S4 Mini though, as there are many demographics Samsung caters to.
Let’s use the Samsung Note devices as an example. All of Samsung’s Note devices, in essence, are the same. There are a lot of Note sizes though, and that is so that Samsung can appeal to a wider array of customers. Some people think that the Note 2 is too small, so Samsung made an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet for those buyers. The only real difference between the 8-inch Note tablet and 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2 is its size.
Some think Samsung won’t make a Galaxy S4 Mini because the Galaxy S3 Mini was not very successful. But the South Korean company will most likely release a Galaxy S4 Mini though, as it’s part of its business model. Besides, all the pieces seem to be in place to make it, so why not do it?
Will the Galaxy S4 Mini get announced alongside the Galaxy S4?
It’s in the realm of possibility, but it will more than likely not get announced next week. Obviously, we’re just speculating at this point, as there’s no official information available on the matter.
Compared to the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy S4 Mini should be cheaper to make considering that it is supposed to be smaller than the Galaxy S4. But Samsung would have to manufacture the device and its rumored accessories differently, which would take more time.
Samsung may also not want to announce an S4 Mini right away, so that consumers can focus on its flagship device instead of a bunch of renditions of its flagship smartphone. There’s no doubt that Samsung would want to earn as much cash off of its new top-of-the-line handset after seeing how much success the Galaxy S3 had in 2012.
While it could make sense for Samsung to release an entire Galaxy S4 family at once, what will happen to marketing for these products? If the spotlight is on the Galaxy S4 with no mention of a smaller and cheaper variant of the device, the majority of consumers may rush for the Galaxy S4.
Lastly, we didn’t see the Galaxy S3 Mini until long after the Galaxy S3′s original announcement. In fact, the Galaxy S3 Mini didn’t even launch in markets where Android was very strong, such as the U.S. That said, it would be a surprise to witness a Galaxy S4 Mini unveiling at Samsung’s Unpacked event on March 14.
If we do see the Galaxy S4 Mini at the event, why get excited about it? Chances are, it won’t be making its way to a lot of countries, just like the Galaxy S3 Mini. If you don’t remember the Galaxy S3 Mini, check out our review:
Do you think we’ll see a Galaxy S4 Mini announcement at the Unpacked event in New York City next week?
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Last week AnoStyle teamed up with iMore to give away a custom colored iPad mini and you entered by the thousands. Well, the contest is now closed, the entries have all been counted, and a winner has been chosen at random.
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My entire career as a journalist covering the mobile technology industry can be traced back to one application: Opera Mini. When it came out in 2005, I installed it on my phone just to see what it was all about, and I was totally blown away at how well it worked.
The basic principle is this: You want to visit a web site, so you type the URL into Opera Mini’s address bar. Mini sends that URL to a server in some far away country, which then renders the page, strips out all the garbage, compresses the hell out of it, and then spits it back down to your phone.
Mini made surfing the internet on GPRS easy, and it made me want to buy a smartphone, not for the 3G, but for the larger screen! I started blogging about my new phone (Nokia E61) as a hobby, and here I am now.
This is 2013, and people living in Western countries don’t really need Opera Mini thanks to high speed wireless networks and subsidized phones that have no problem rendering heavy websites. But there’s still a sizable amount of population living in countries where EDGE is considered blistering fast.
Which finally brings us to today’s news: A developer by the name of François Beaufort noticed that the latest nightly build of Chromium includes support for a compression service. Here’s Google’s description of the feature, straight from the source code:
“Reduce data consumption by loading web pages via Google proxy servers.”
That’s an incredibly easy statement to interpret, Google is basically going to copy Opera Mini. Why is this feature showing up in Chromium first is something I don’t quite understand, but at the same time I acknowledge that I know absolutely nothing about how Google works internally.
When will this feature get formally announced? I’m hoping Google I/O, but that’s just a guess.
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