We last heard a confirmation by Samsung of the smaller flagship’s existence back in March, with very little information since then regarding the device and its existence.
Even now, not all is known about the device despite being confirmed. We know that it has a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, though it’s not clear in the press release what type it is. The device is confirmed to be powered by Android 4.2.2 with 8GB of internal memory — expandable up to 64GB via SD card — and 1.5GB of RAM.
Camera-wise, the new smartphone packs an 8 megapixel shooter on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front. It’s all attached to a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display that’s powered by a 1,900 mAh battery and 6-band LTE support. For international roamers out there, you’ll also be happy to know that the device features both single and dual-SIM 3G functionality, though you’ll have to sacrifice NFC if you want the dual-SIM version.
“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of GALAXY S4 for more compact and practical usages ,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship GALAXY S4 experience.”
The device is available in both black and white versions. Samsung has yet to confirm pricing or carrier availability for the Galaxy S 4 Mini, however, so it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer to see if an unlocked version will be made available for use with our global SIM cards.