Last year it was six months after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 that the Korean manufacturer decided to release a half fat version of the same phone in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, but this year we could see the Galaxy S4’s ‘mini me’ hit the market much sooner.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t be arriving in stores until next month, but the S4 Mini appears to have cropped up on SamMobile’s site in full working order. The role of the Mini product line is to emulate each year’s respective flagship, particularly with regards to user experience. The changes are predominantly in size and hardware, resulting in an upper mid-range handset with the looks of Samsung’s relevant top dog. The S3 Mini did a great job of emulating the full size S3, particularly with its integration of TouchWiz and Android Jelly Bean and now we have shots showcasing the Galaxy S4 Mini and some specs to tempt us.
Compared to last year’s S3 Mini, the S4 Mini is said to sport a larger 4.3-inch qHD (540 x 960) Super AMOLED display which offers up a very respectable 256ppi. Internals fall to a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and the new TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0 which debuts on the standard S4 atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Beyond this, all we have are the photos which show the S4 Mini alongside it’s bigger brother and the best selling phone of 2012; the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Although we were less than impressed with the lack of design innovation between the S3 and S4, there are key cues from the S4 which carry across to the S4 Mini; namely in the form of that uniform thickness chrome band which skirts the phone’s edge. We’re not sure if this is plastic or metal, but most likely the former. The button design is also highly recognisable, with the overall look head-on feeling more Galaxy Ace 2 than Mini 4.
Expect the Galaxy S4 Mini to hit stores mid-summer, around June/July time and we’ll keep you up to date when we find out more.