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Mar
2013-03-22_14h52_23

Well, that didn't take long. Just a week after Samsung announced its newest flagship phone, we get rumors of the Mini version of the same. As before, it's not just a smaller version of the phone, but a lower-specced version as well. In fact, in terms of the display, the rumored specs are much lower. 960x540 to the tune of 256ppi. In other words, exactly half the resolution (the GS4 packs 1920x1080) and a little more than half the ppi (441ppi).

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Here are the rest of the alleged specs:

  • Super AMOLED qHD display (est. 4.3")
  • 1.6GHz dual-core CPU
  • TW Nature UX 2.0
  • Android 4.2.2

So far, that's all she wrote. From the screen resolution and ppi we can guess the display size is 4.3" so it's significantly smaller than the S4 as well as being less powerful. Then again, those who dislike the trend of phones becoming bigger than their whole head may be pleased. The device is also rumored to come in a dual-SIM variant as well.

We still haven't heard anything confirming this device from Samsung, but the pictures seem to be on the up-and-up, and this fits with Samsung's previous patterns perfectly. As June/July gets closer, we'll surely find out.

Source: SamMobile

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://twitter.com/PetrBa Petr Bažout

    4,3" display? Ok. No 720p? Not interested.

    • WantSmallHiSpecPhone

      Agreed! So stupid, I would love it at 720

  • Jason Dow

    Love the size, hate the specs. We really need to get over bigger phones. 5 inches is simply to big for my hand. The Gnex was as big as I really want. I have my N7 for tablet purposes.

    • Nick Chan

      The s4, is 1mm taller and 1mm wider, but 1mm thinner. Its hardly bigger than the gnex

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount StalkyTheFish

    Why can they do a 5" 1080p display and not a 4.3" 720p display? This goes for HTC as well.

    • Chronus719

      Actually, HTC did a 1080p 4.7" screen for the One, which I think is pretty awesome.

    • TylerChappell

      I agree, I am fairly certain we can expect to see those this year or the next, qHD does provide a pretty adequate experience in those smaller screen sizes, so I am not surprised to not see 720p reach that size yet.
      One of my fav things about my DNA is that every screenshot is high-res, such an upgrade from the screenies on my Thunderbolt.

    • Drayon

      The device you want has been made last year. Its called the xperia s.

    • Rick Fisher

      HTC Rezound came out in 2011 and had a 4.3" 720p display.

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

      Sony has been using 4.3" 720p displays of the TFT variety. If manufacturers could do that in a phone as large as the RAZR M with about the same battery, they have a winner in their hands.

    • Anton Galigrov

      Xperia S is for sale for a few months and its 4,3" 720p.

  • Chronus719

    I really hate the trend of having reasonably-sized phones with shitty specs. I don't want a 5" or larger phone. 4.7" is the absolute max for me while still being comfortable to use with one hand. Why can't we get high-end phones with reasonably-sized screens?

    • didibus

      You didn't get the memo about the S4 being smaller then the SIII?

      • Chronus719

        Marginally smaller. And I had a hard enough time stretching my thumb across the 4.85" screen of the SIII, let alone the 5" of the S4.

        • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

          Sometimes it's not about the screen size but the bezel and how the manufacturers place each component. The S4 is actually smaller than the One and the same can be said about the RAZR M and the S III Mini. The RAZR M could've been shorter too if Motorola wanted to.

          • Bleakvision

            Well, Android has shitty (if any) palm rejection. I get many accidental touches next to the bezel on the N4.It sucks, and reviewers ignore stuff like that. Instead they rave on about the latest gimmick that iOS doesn't have.

        • http://twitter.com/PetrBa Petr Bažout

          Exactly. People don't get this.

    • casinrm

      The precious HTC One is larger than the S4 despite having a smaller screen. It has huge bezels. The S4 has tiny bezels.

      • OSagnostic

        The S4 is 1.6mm wider than the One.

    • Bleakvision

      Actually, after having the Nexus 4 for a month now, I can't say that 4.7 is still comfortable. Typing with one hand is pretty much impossible without risking a drop. Notification shade? Same thing.
      Definitely no 5.0+ inch device for me...

    • lavinci

      I also prefers a compact 4" phone with similar spec as flagship, perhaps exynos octa or snapdragon 600, 2gb ram, etc.
      why can't they do that ?
      are manufacturers afraid that flagship-spec phone with smaller screen will fail in market ?

      I'm sure there are lot of people that prefer phone with smaller form factor.

    • nsnsmj

      It really depends on the dimensions. The Xperia ZL has a 5" display, but is smaller than the Nexus 4, HTC One, and GS4. If that's still too large for some people, Motorola is making small high-end phones. The Moto phone that was rumored a little while ago has an S4 Pro, (I think) 2GB of RAM, and a 720p display. That's high-end to me, seeing as how the Droid DNA, Nexus 4, Optimus G, etc. are all basically the same as this internally. It doesn't have a 1080p display, but 720p doesn't make it less high-end, in my opinion.

      It's also basically the same size as the iPhone 5, but with a larger screen.

  • Jeremiah Rice

    2009: the HTC HD2, at 4.3", is the biggest smartphone anyone's ever seen.
    2013: The Galaxy S4 Mini, at 4.3", is a diminutive, budget alternative to Samsung's flagship.

    • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

      Samsung have the PERRECT balance between High end Smartphones, mid, low :) you won't find a Samsung phone that nobody is happy with.

      • QwietStorm

        You won't find any phone that *nobody* is happy with. Doesn't make Samsung's approach any more perfect.

      • jr

        The vibrant was horrible!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/georgealexiouvalentey George Av

          BUT SOMEONE WAS HAPPY WITH IT :)

  • http://twitter.com/mike__moskowitz Mike Moskowitz

    I hate to be that guy, but this would one-fourth the resolution of the GS4, not one half. It's the total number of pixels that count.

    • Rick Fisher

      Yeah I was going to say this. 1/2 one dimension * 1/2 other dimension = 1/4 resolution

  • TylerChappell

    It actually looks kinda nice. It's phones like this with pretty adequate specs that would be perfect for my mom or people who are first-time smartphone buyers.
    I don't even work at Verizon but I have gone in there so many times and literally sold RAZR M's for them for middle-aged and older people who didn't want huge phones. :D

  • Jasen Minus

    Was gonna say something about "mid range" devices being certain sizes, but everyone else did it first.

  • Magnus100

    Hate the phone, hate the specs even more. This thing is a. POS!

    There are many people who will buy this thing and then conclude Samsung and Android phones are bad. Way to go Samsung, keep damaging your own brand.

    • utopianh

      The S-Voice -> launcher crash bug present in all their recent touchwiz phones does that more than enough. So many people talking about 'android lag' are actually using the GS3/Note 2 as a basis, which if you disable S-voice is nearly lag free.

      • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

        My s2 doesn't have a voice (damn you samsung) but still lags. And yes updated to jb 4.1.2.

  • whargharbl

    Another shit-spec phone. This is just laughing at everyone who wants a smaller phone with good specs.

    • Mike Reid

      At least it's Android 4.2.2. Other "value" phones often come with GB or ICS.

      Model might not make it to America or Europe though. Dual SIm means Asia.

      SOC, maybe one of the newer low end Qualcomms ? May be too late for ST-Ericsson.

  • tenki

    look at the mini f*** i give

    • BPLN

      Look at the flying fuck I give :D

  • Freak4Dell

    Samsung gets it wrong again. The successor to the RAZR M will undoubtedly be better than this, and probably smaller, just like the M was more powerful and smaller than the S3 Mini. Don't even get me started on the build quality.

  • Bleakvision

    That's the One S's display. It's pixilated garbage with the worst text rendering I have seen on any post DROID device.

  • h4ck3d

    Poor resolution :(

  • Duane Telford

    by my calculations it would be a 4.65" screen. if those specs are correct. 960 x 540 at 256ppi

  • Duane Telford

    Also the dimensions would be approximately 124mm (4.9") x 66mm (2.6") - about the same height as the iphone 5 and about 13% wider.

  • Duane Telford

    If it has a 4.3" display it would be 278ppi

  • Duane Telford

    Then the approximate dimensions would be 116mm x 62mm

  • Duane Telford

    Its very close to a GS2, with newer software and maybe slightly smaller. Might be good for people that use their phone as a phone most of the time.

  • Kevin M Combes

    You mean exactly a quarter of the resolution. The "q" in qHD.

  • John O’Connor

    whatever happened to the s3 mini

    • Freak4Dell

      It was released in Europe. Some people bought it. Most people realized it's a waste of money.

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