After weeks of leaks and conjecture, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S4 Mini, a smaller, lighter alternative to its latest flagship kit that landed last month.
Billed as “a powerful, compact smartphone designed to fit busy lifestyles” the Galaxy S4 Mini is not as star-studded as its older sibling in the hardware stakes, but it’s still pretty impressive, featuring a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and an eight-megapixel rear-mounted camera.
Elsewhere, it packs a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera for making HD video calls, an infra-red sensor to control any smart television or set-top box right from the handset, Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0.
Also, depending on which version of the handset you get, there’s 4G LTE support on board for blazing-quick browsing and streaming on the move and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology for making fast, contactless payments for low-ticket items.
Of course, like the Galaxy S4, the S4 Mini also brings a host of new features and applications, such as the Sound & Shot camera mode that lets you capture the background audio when taking still photos and Samsung WatchON, which serves you with up-to-date TV schedules and doubles as a universal remote control.
Also on board is the new S Health app that is best described as a personal fitness coach in your pocket, and the latest, tastiest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean installed out of the box.
Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “Demand for the Galaxy S4 has been phenomenal since it launched in April and we hope to build on this success with the Galaxy S4 Mini. This new handset is the ideal smartphone companion for anyone who wants a compact device packed with innovation.”
The Galaxy S4 Mini will launch in two colours: White Frost and Black Mist, just like the standard size model. There will be a 4G LTE version, a 3G version, and even a 3G dual-SIM version, which we’re assuming is intended for international markets.
Pricing and availability details are still under wraps, but Samsung said it will announce these in due course. It also confirmed that the S4 Mini will be showcased at its media event in London on June 20th, which we’ll be attending to get hands-on with the phone. So stay tuned.