When Samsung launched the 'Galaxy Core' handset in June 2013 it became an instant hit, but now Samsung is planning on releasing 'Samsung Galaxy Core Advance'. This handset is expected to be released shortly (April 2014). On the other hand, the Galaxy S4 Mini is aimed at the affordable segment, it is a good alternative to Galaxy S4's high-end model, packing pretty much all the features noticed in the bigger S4.
Readers who are planning on buying one of the aforementioned handsets in future, here is the specification and price comparison pertaining to Australia.
Display & Size
The Galaxy S4 Mini has a 4.3 inches display, while Galaxy Core Advance will sport a slightly bigger screen size of 4.7 inches. The S4 Mini has a display resolution of 540 x 960 pixels whereas the resolution of Galaxy Core Advance handset is going to be 480 x 800 pixels range.
The Galaxy S4 Mini is the lighter of the two handsets; it weighs only 107 g while the Galaxy Core Advance will weigh 145 g. The Galaxy S4 Mini has a thickness of 0.35 inches whereas the Galaxy Core Advance will be 0.38 inches thicker.
Hardware & Software
The Galaxy S4 Mini is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, dual-core 1.7 GHz, Krait 300 processor which houses a 1.5 GB of RAM, whereas Galaxy Core Advance is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor & it houses 1 GB of RAM.
The Galaxy S4 Mini runs on Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung's custom UI TouchWiz, while Galaxy Core Advance will be running on Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Both Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy Core Advance have a built-in storage of 8 GB with microSD card support which is expandable up to 64 GB.
The Galaxy S4 Mini sports a much higher 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash, while the Galaxy Core Advance will sport a 5 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash. On the other hand, the Galaxy Core Advance should feature a 0.3 MP VGA front facing camera and the Galaxy S4 Mini has a slightly better 1.9 MP front facing camera.
In addition, the Galaxy S4 Mini supports Face detection, Geo tagging, HDR, Panorama, Night mode, and Voice activation.
The Samsung Galaxy Core Advance packs a 2000mAh (removable) battery unit whereas the Galaxy S4 Mini houses a 1900mAh battery unit (removable).
The Galaxy Core Advance can be expected in white and blue shades while the Galaxy S4 Mini comes in black, white and red shades.
The Galaxy S4 Mini supports dual-sim mode and it employs micro-sim while the Galaxy Core Advance does not support dual-sim mode and it employs micro-sim.
Both the Galaxy Core phones support Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and microUSB slots. In addition, the Galaxy Core Advance will support NFC.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini with 4G LTE is priced at AU$349.95 while the Samsung Galaxy Core Advance can be expected to be priced at around AU$286.