The Galaxy S4 Mini was finally confirmed on Samsung’s official blog following months of rumors and speculation that the company was developing a more compact, and likely cheaper, version of the popular Android handset.
The Galaxy S4 has been a massive success for Samsung, and it’s no surprise the company is rushing a budget model to market as quickly as possible
“We appreciate the unprecedented demands for the Galaxy S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer, and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with the GALAXY S4, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for mor compact and practical usages,” wrote Samsung CEO JK Shin in an official statement. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship GALAXY S4 experience.”
The Galaxy S4 mini will sport a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, Android 4.2.2, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. The device is 8.94 mm thick and weighs 107 grams.
The Galaxy S4’s TouchWiz software will offer many of the same features found on the original model, including Panorama Shot, Story Album and Sound&Shot as well as the S Health and S Translator apps. The handset will come in black or white. The only thing we still don’t know is how much it will cost, but based on the precedent set by the S3 Mini the new handset should be significantly cheaper than the full-sized S4
Samsung will discuss the Galaxy S4 mini in greater detail during its June 20 press conference in London, where we also expect to hear more about the Galaxy S4 Active and the Galaxy S4 Zoom.