Is Samsung cooking up a Galaxy S4 Active Mini?

Is Samsung cooking up a Galaxy S4 Active Mini?Many people think Samsung has too many different Galaxy smartphones – that what prestige the brand once held has been watered down by far too many variations on the same basic theme.

But Samsung itself doesn't seem to agree: it's reportedly planning yet another spin on the Galaxy franchise, this time in the shape of a Galaxy S4 Active Mini. Obviously.

The handset in question has reportedly swung by China's Tenaa certification agency, officially designated as the GT-i8580, and with the help of a GFXBench benchmark that's also been spotted we're able to get a fairly good idea what Samsung has in mind.

The Galaxy S4 Active Mini appears to have a 4.65in, 480 x 800 touchscreen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 5MP/0.3MP cameras and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Fairly pedestrian stuff, in other words, but then Samsung's version of the “Mini” concept tends to extend beyond size to also include performance and desirability too.

Well, maybe that last point's a little premature in this case, but it's hard to imagine more than about 25 people who can't find the mobile formula they're looking for from Sammy's existing Galaxy gaggle.

The headline specs don't really give us much of a clue as to whether the handset's Active-related specs and features have also been watered down for the Mini version. We presume weather-proofing is still present and correct, and we're told it's 9mm thick and weighs 135g, so clearly there's a little extra padding there but not a huge amount.

There's some question as to whether the Galaxy S4 Active Mini (should that be the final name) will make it out of China or not, but if it does, expect the price to be on the low side. And for it still not to sell very many.

Via Droid Guy

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 29, 2013 at 23:25

4.65in, 480 x 800 touchscreen, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 5MP/0.3MP cameras and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. With specs that thrilling there's only one question: why didn't they skip the SGS4 and released this baby first?

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