It's official: Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Mini

It's official: Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 MiniSamsung is getting set to sling a whole heap of new mobile devices our way over the Summer, and has got the ball rolling by officially announcing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

And it looks like most of the spec rumours were just about spot on, as the latest Galaxy edition will come packing a 4.3in display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor and an 8MP camera, exactly as expected.

We've mentioned before how we don't approve of the family of “Mini” devices carrying the Galaxy S branding, a move that's all about suggesting a familial link to Samsung's smartphone flagship when in fact there's a world of difference between the two.

But Samsung has stuck to its guns and repeated the formula with the Galaxy S4 Mini. The display is a super AMOLED qHD affair (that's 640 x 960 in terms of pixels), while we're still waiting on more details about the processor other than its headline 1.7GHz dual core basics.

Rumours emerging this morning, however, suggest it could be the same Snapdragon 400 chip that's inside the recently announced HTC First, with German site All About Samsung claiming to have seen the evidence in some benchmarks for the device.

The pair of cameras – 8MP and 2.1MP – seem fair enough, and you also get 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage (expandable via microSD card), a 1,900mAh battery and LTE support. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is the OS.

Overall, the Galaxy S4 Mini weighs in at an impressively trim 109g.

Sounds a decent enough Android mid-ranger in its own right, but we're still not impressed by Samsung's obvious S4 name-dropping in the hope that some of its high-end appeal will rub off by association.

The official press release for the Galaxy S4 Mini says it “delivers the superior performance, intuitive ease-of-use and sleek design of the Galaxy S4 in a portable chic and compact design”, and also “supports many of the same intuitive features as the Galaxy S4”.

Oh, and there's the line that Samsung hopes “to build on [the Galaxy S4's] success with the Galaxy S4 Mini”.

Anyway, the cut-down Android newcomer will be available in black and white, with Samsung to confirm official UK availability details in due course, along with which of the 4G, 3G and dual-SIM 3G variants we'll be seeing here.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 30, 2013 at 10:20

A 4.3-incher is now "Mini". Excellent, Smithers - we don't need the flying monkeys anymore.


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