Samsung has announced a spin-off device from its hugely popular Galaxy S4 flagship phone, named the Galaxy S4 Mini. The phone isn’t really much of a surprise, as last year, Samsung released a Galaxy S3 Mini in an effort to bring some top-of-the-range cool to a mid-range phone.
It’s a similar story with the Galaxy S4 Mini, which may share the Galaxy S4′s name and it’s looks, but the specification doesn’t quite match up. The most striking difference is in the size of the screen, as the S4 Mini has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, meaning it’s very different to the 5-inch, 1080p screen seen on its namesake.
As you’d expect for a phone which won’t be as expensive as the S4, the S4 Mini’s processor isn’t a quad-core monster, and is instead a more modest dual-core chip, albeit with a decent 1.7GHz clock speed. The S4 Mini’s camera has 8 megapixels, and there’s a mere 8GB of internal memory to play with. The feature list continues with a microSD card slot, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is installed, along with a selection of Samsung’s software features, but nowhere near as many as on the full-size S4. The phone will connect to a 4G LTE network though, and EE has confirmed it will be selling the S4 Mini soon, although the exact date isn’t known. This is good news, as the S4 Mini promises to have a competitive price tag, and could be excellent value when purchased with a contract.
Samsung will be showing the phone at an event on June 20 in London, where we expect to hear about its release date.