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Galaxy S4 Mini coming to major carriers in November

Samsung has officially confirmed its plans to launch the Galaxy S4 to the United States in November. The mid-range handset will be available at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular. That said, there’s no information about pricing so far. However, just like the Galaxy S3 Mini, it’s safe to assume that the S4 Mini will be offered as a less expensive alternative to the original flagship, from which the S4 Mini gets its name.

The Galaxy S4 Mini is a mid-range handset that aims to deliver a Galaxy S4-like user experience, in a compact form factor and distinctively lower-end specs. Talking about specs, the Galaxy S4 Mini gets powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM and a 1900mAh battery. Upfront, there’s a 4.3-inch qHD (540X960p) resolution display.

“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”

The Galaxy S4 mini also comes with several TouchWiz features found in its bigger counterpart, such as Easy Mode, KNOX, Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot, and Story Album photo features, as well its new S Health and S Translator apps. The Galaxy S4 Mini comes in White Frost and Black Mist color variants.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini to launch in the US next month

Samsung has officially announced its plans to launch the Galaxy S4 Mini in the United States in November. As the name suggests, the S4 mini is a heavily scaled-down version of the original Galaxy S4, though aims to offer a similar flagship-like experience in a compact form factor.

The Galaxy S4 Mini gets powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage which is expandable via microSD slot. As for the display, the handset features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED QHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels.

There’s also an 8MP primary camera with zero shutter lag. The camera also supports several shooting modes such as Beauty Face, Best Photo, Sound and Shot, Panorama, and more. As for OS, the Galaxy S4 Mini ships with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the latest version of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Not to mention, Samsung also confirmed that the handset will receive an update that will make it compatible with Galaxy Gear.

“Samsung continues to provide a wide range of products to fit consumers’ needs,” said Gregory Lee, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S 4 mini continues that commitment by bringing the paramount features of our flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone to a smaller, more compact form factor.”

The Galaxy S4 Mini will be offered in Black Mist and White Frost color options. Samsung also confirmed that the smaller version of its flagship will be available AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, and Verizon in November. That said, the pricing hasn’t been announced by Samsung.

To recall, the Galaxy S4 Mini was announced back in May and since has been available globally except for the US.

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Samsung HomeSync turns your old TV into a Smart TV

Samsung HomeSync will be available for purchase starting October 6. The new device is an Android TV box that transforms your older televisions into Smart TVs. The box also lets you store and share content such as photos and videos in full 1080p resolution from mobile devices, provided these mobile devices are Galaxy products.

Samsung explained that any content any photos and videos captured by Galaxy devices can be sent back to the HomeSync over the web. Now, this allows you to share content with folks at home, who can also view the photos you took while away from home. In the same way, you can view content stored on the HomeSync through a Galaxy device over mobile broadband.

Not to mention, Galaxy smartphones and tablets can also be used as a remote control for the HomeSync. The box also allows you to play YouTube videos, surf the web, and even supports other applications for your television set. The HomeSync runs on Google’s Android Jelly Bean OS and offers a mammoth 1 terabyte of storage. It also supports up to eight individual encrypted and password-protected user accounts. Besides, each user will able to individually sync content from other devices and share them with the other accounts.

Under the hood, the HomeSync gets powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU paired with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of flash memory, a 1TB HDD, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n 2.4 & 5GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, plus optical audio and HDMI 1.4 outputs.