S4 ZoomBy now we have seen 3 spinoffs of the flagship phone Galaxy S4. I’m talking about the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active and S4 Zoom. With the announcement of the latest, Samsung says there are no more Galaxy S4 variants in the works, and I say it was about time they stopped. Samsung strategy with this year’s flagship was to get the most out of their best device so that every single need is covered.

Samsung first decided to please the clients that don’t want or even can’t use a device with a large 5 inch screen or can’t afford one. This resulted in the creation of the Galaxy S4 Mini, a smaller 4.3 inch device with weaker specs and a lower price. However at 1.7 GHz and an 8 MP camera this is still far better than the S3 Mini released last year, and it also keeps the design of the S4. It could be a good deal after all.

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The second spinoff was the Galaxy S4 Zoom, the first smartphone with optical zoom and a 16 MP camera. It also carries the name and line of the original S4, but Samsung had to cut down on the specs giving it a 4.3 inch screen, a 2330 mAh battery and a 1.5 GHz CPU. However the 16 MP and the optical image stabilizer could fit very well in the hands of photography passionate people.

The last S4 is the Galaxy S4 Active, the rugged version of the flagship, surprisingly with almost the same specifications as the original. Except for the 8 MP camera downgraded from a 13 MP one, the specs seem to be the same. Of course, the Active variant offers waterproof protection for 30 minutes 1 meter under water and also dustproof capacity. It is the perfect device for adventurous people.

To close the line of the S4’s, Samsung’s President and Head of Sales and Marketing for Samsung’s IT and Mobile Communications Division DJ Lee said:

“With the arrival of the Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom we can finally say the Galaxy S4 range is complete”

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