Since Samsung is prone to have big, glitzy events for their flagship products, we had a feeling that "Premiere 2013" would include a few of their more sedate offerings. According to the the Wall Street Journal, at least one of those will probably be the Galaxy S4 Mini, which we previously saw in a pair of leaks detailing most of the details of the mid-range phone. The Journal reports that a "person with knowledge of the matter" told them the S4 Mini would be one of several new devices revealed at the event.

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The Galaxy S4 mini is shaping up to be a something of a misnomer, just like the S III Mini before it. It is indeed smaller than the 5-inch S4, with an estimated screen size of 4.3 inches, but the internals don't match the flagship silicon of its big brother. With a 1.6Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and a rear camera estimated at 5 or 8 megapixels, not to mention a relatively low-resolution 960x540 screen, the S4 Mini sits squarely in the middle of Samsung's current Android lineup. The only thing it has in common with the S4 is the name and Samsung's latest styling guidelines.

Lending even more credence to the idea that the S4 Mini is coming soon (whether at the June event or elsewhere) was a screenshot of Samsung's UK website, briefly snapped by Engadget before it was removed. The phone is named and shown with a thumbnail image. Consider this a rumor, since the WSJ's source is anonymous, and Samsung could always change their plans before the event in any case.

The Wall Street Journal - A Glimpse of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    The RAZR M with very similar specs (likely a better CPU - this S4 Mini probably has a RockChip or NovaThor) was "mid-range" last September. That was 8 months ago. This is definitively low-end.

    • Danny Holyoake

      Agreed. The only good thing about this device is that its running 4.2.2.

    • Mihai

      So dual-core is low-end..then what's my SGS? Or my gf's Galaxy Fit? bah gawd how technology advances.

      • Matthew Fry

        Unless you are running CM9 or greater you are dragging us down with your old ass 2010-era froyo.

    • http://twitter.com/Gnabergasher Gabernasher

      Aren't iPhones and iPads dual-core?

    • Jeff Murillo

      Actually it was said to have a qualcomm soc, the dual core with improved gpu

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  • faceless128

    so its worse than just getting a GS3?

    • Herman

      These "Mini" variants are just for people who don't know much about smartphones and want to buy a good, modern one. The name "Galaxy S4 Mini" makes people think it's kind of like the Galaxy S4. Though there are many people out there who don't have enough money (or just don't want) to spend on a high-end model, so they'll just buy the "Mini" which they think would be quite similar.
      What they don't know, however, is that it's a completely different phone.

      It's all due to marketing. Samsung sells the most, for now, because of their marketing techniques...

      • GraveUypo

        what they will never know is what you mean. because i think if you show the full s4 and this side by side they can't tell a difference in the experience apart from the screen.

  • Angelo Allegra

    So it's basically like a Galaxy S2 with slightly better res, same display size, maybe worse camera and just slightly faster cpu in a mini S4 design? All in all the only real advantage between this and an S2 would be getting 4.2.2 out of the box.
    Probably spending a bit tiny more for the Galaxy S3 would be a more reasonable choice.

    • bazker

      Another advantage - it is not a shovel.

      • Angelo Allegra

        Well, it's debatable and subjective.
        I've a Galaxy S2 (european one) and it really feels too small, display-wise but also as general sizes go.

    • http://twitter.com/Meleagru Cristian Borsa

      You should get much better battery life out of it