Samsung’s strategy of loading the market up with devices in nearly every style at every price point is paying off, at least according to its most recent earnings statement, so why stop now? According to recent certification reports, Samsung is in the process of building a new model of its Galaxy S4 mini that offers a rugged and water-resistant design. In other words, it sounds like we have a Galaxy S4 Active mini coming down the pipeline.
The device recently popped up in China’s Tenaa system, the equivalent of the United States Federal Communication Commission that provides electronic devices with approval for local use, with the model number GT-I8580. The phone reportedly packs a 4.65-inch screen with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 Plus processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Those specs are all far inferior to the Galaxy S4 Active’s hardware.
The report doesn’t confirm a rugged, water resistant-design, though we can see in the photos that it appears to have the same heavy duty buttons on the front face, suggesting that there’s going to be a rugged element. There’s no word on a U.S. release, and considering the low-end specs we’re not so sure it’s needed. Though, again, Samsung seems to have a device for every price point imaginable.