It’s the Galaxy S4, but not as you know it: the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has finally arrived in Australia. Here’s where and when you can get it, and just how much you’ll have to part with to get it.
The S4 Mini is packing a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED screen (read a low-ish res 960×540) and an 8MP shooter on the back. The front-facing chat cam is 1.9MP, so at least you should appear human rather than a blocky mess in Skype, and Jelly Bean 4.2.2 means you’re up to date on the Android front for now. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS with GLONASS support, NFC, LTE and an IR blaster to round out the Mini, with a 1900mAh battery to power the lot.
It’s also the first dual-band LTE smartphone to land in Australia, compatible with both TDD and FDD LTE/4G networks where available. Right now, that’s only on Optus, which coincidentally is offering pre-orders of the device right now, shipping on 28 August. The S4 Mini ships for an extra $5 per month on the $50 My Plan for 24 months. Plan inclusions see you get 450 minutes of standard national voice calls, unlimited SMS and MMS within Australia and 500MB of data.
If you don’t feel like being on a plan, you can nab the Galaxy S4 Mini for $576 outright.
The original Galaxy S4 is also getting an update from Optus, with the dual-mode LTE version available from September for $744.