Samsung announced a trio of new Galaxy S4 (GS4) smartphones at its Premiere 2013 event in London on Thursday, including the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom. While all three of these devices were already confirmed or leaked prior to this afternoon, it is the first time that all three handsets have been unveiled to the public. Get a look at each device ahead.
Galaxy S4 Mini
As a refresher, the Galaxy S4 Mini is — as you would expect — a smaller version of the full-sized GS4. The handset has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, which is hardly “mini” compared to the 4-inch screen on iPhone, with a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 8 GB internal storage and 1,900 mAh battery.
With a scaled-down screen size and less-powerful processor, the Galaxy S4 Mini is positioned as a mid-level handset that could compete with Apple’s purported low-budget iPhone. The handset will supposedly retail in the $400 price range, unsubsidized and off contract. The device should run Android 4.2 out of the box.
Galaxy S4 Active
Also introduced was the Galaxy S4 Active, a rugged and much more durable version of the existing GS4. This smartphone, both dust and waterproof, is designed for the person that will be using their device in the great outdoors or other less-than-gentle environments. On the front is a vivid 5-inch 1080p display that delivers 443 pixels per inch, and on the inside is a powerful 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16 GB internal storage and 2,600 mAh battery.
Galaxy S4 Zoom
Rounding out the trio is the high-end Galaxy S4 Zoom, which is a hybrid smartphone-camera device that packs a 16-megapixel sensor with Xenon flash and 10x optical zoom. The device has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. Appearance wise, the S4 Zoom will instantly remind you of any typical point-and-shoot camera from the past decade. However, where this device goes further is with its Android-powered software combined with several photo editing apps and features.
Also announced at Premiere 2013 were a series of new Windows-based ATIV devices, alongside the larger Android-based Galaxy NX camera. The latter packs a 20.3-megapixel sensor with interchangeable lenses, 4.8-inch LCD screen, an “advanced” hybrid autofocus system, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and more.
Samsung neglected to provide any pricing or availability information, although a previous report confirmed that AT&T will begin carrying at least the Galaxy S4 Active beginning tomorrow for $199 on new two-year plans. We’ll share other release date information as it becomes available.