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It looks like we won't have to wait until Samsung's June event for an official reveal of the Galaxy S4 Mini after all. This morning Samsung's press department officially unveiled the smaller, budget brother of the Galaxy S4, though "cousin" might be a more appropriate term; the phone does indeed look like its namesake, but that's about where the similarity ends. Like the Galaxy S III Mini before it, the internal hardware makes this device a horse of a different color.

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To start things off, we've got a 4.3-inch AMOLED display with a slightly disappointing qHD (960x540) resolution. The smaller screen gives the S4 mini dimensions of 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm (slightly thicker for the dual-SIM version), roughly the same size as the international GSM version of the good ol' Galaxy S II. Power comes from a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, though Samsung isn't saying exactly what the chipset is. A lonely 8GB of storage can be augmented with a MicroSD card, and since the Galaxy S4 Mini has most of the Samsung software of the full-sized S4, users will likely need to use it. The rear camera is a standard 8 megapixels, with 1.9MP on the front cam.  The Galaxy S4 Mini will be Samsung's first "mini" phone to be equipped with an LTE radio, though the usual 3G and Duos dual-SIM versions will also be available. Software is Samsung's TouchWiz build of 4.2.2.

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Styling is a carbon copy of the S4, right down to the slightly checkered pattern on the rear of the device. Though Samsung didn't say so explicitly, it's a pretty safe bet that the 1900mAh battery is removable. The S4 Mini gets one premium feature, an IR blaster, which you can expect to see in a lot more Samsung hardware soon. The phone will be sold in white and black versions, with color, radio configuration, and price determined by market. Samsung isn't saying exactly when the S4 Mini will be available, or for how much, but press will be able to get some face time with it at Samsung Premiere 2013 on June 20th in London.

Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 mini

Just a bit of perspective: it was almost exactly three years ago when the HTC EVO 4G became the first Android phone to use an "enormous" (for the time, anyway) 4.3" screen. By 2011, 4.3 inches was the standard for mobile flagship devices, and now Samsung has phones as large as 6.3 inches, with the 4.3" S4 Mini occupying a mid-range slot in the lineup. How the world turns. Here's a little more perspective on how late the US market gets some of the more esoteric devices: T-Mobile's localized variant of the S III Mini, the Galaxy Exhibit, just went on sale yesterday.

Samsung Tomorrow - Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 mini: A Powerful, Compact Smartphone

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.
  • Bleakvision

    This might be the same display that is used in the HTC ONE S which is really one of the most awful displays I have ever used.

  • Michael Ta

    (•_•)
    Looks like..
    ..Samsung is trying to
    ( •_•)>⌐■-■
    Take over the GALAXY.
    (⌐■_■)

    YEAAAAAAAAA...

  • yankeesusa

    Due to it being super amoled it shouldn't be too bad of a screen. My wife currently has the s3 and if this phone ever came to sprint i think it wouldn't be a bad phone. Samsung definitely makes good phones, plastic and all!

  • eilegz

    bad specs, high price. people that want to buy this should rather get nexus4

    • nxym

      but they won't. sad, really.

      • eilegz

        or they cant (not available in my region) :( google should expand nexus to emergent markets like china, india and latin america where flagship device cost an arm and leg and its flooded by gingerbreads low end crap androids causing more fragmentation. plus bad experience on android itself.

        Thats why blackberry, nokia have a stronghold base there

    • Cheeseball

      Unfortunately the Nexus 4 isn't available worldwide, however this GS4 mini might be considering the sales of the GS3 mini. If only Google and LG would official sell the Nexus here in Southeast Asia.

      Snapdragon 400 is okay, but a Nexus 4 would destroy it in price and performance.

  • Jaime Larios

    It may not be the best display, but it's better than the one in the SGS II, and it didn't look bad iirc.

  • john

    how about a phone that has both dual sim and LTE support rather than models that just have one or the other?

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