If you thought that the Samsung Galaxy S4 show ends with the release of the handset March 14 in New York, you need to rethink because another device from the manufacturer with the very same name is yet to be introduced to the world. Continuing the trend that was set with the Galaxy S3 mini last year, Samsung is expected to release a “mini” version of the Galaxy S4 this year as well.
At a time when the latest Galaxy S4 is yet to reach the consumers hand, the handset’s smaller version – the Galaxy S4 mini – was spotted in a set of leaked images last week featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD screen with a pixel density of 256ppi (960x540), Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz skin (TW Nature UX 2.0) and a dual-core processor, clocking at a speed of 1.6GHz.
The claimed Samsung Galaxy S4 mini images also revealed that the device had a model number of GT-I9190 and would carry the same design as the bigger version, but with a smaller form factor.
On the heels of this leak, SamMobile has come up with another report Sunday saying Samsung is developing a new SoC (system on a chip) named the Exynos 5210 that could power the upcoming Galaxy S4 mini.
While the new Exynos 5210 could feature ARM’s big.LITTLE technology in a quad-core structure, equipped with Dual Cortex-A15 Cores and Dual Cortex-A7 cores, there’s also possibility that the CPU could also be just a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC.
However, the report said “as the Galaxy S4 features ARM’s big.LITTLE technology in an octa-core configuration, the Galaxy S4 Mini could feature ARM’s big.LITTLE technology in a quad-core structure.”
The report also hinted at two variants of the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – a dual-core variant (GT-I9192) with a dual-core processor and an HSPA+ variant (GT-I9190) with a quad-core processor.
On Sunday, the Galaxy S4 mini rumor mill got yet another boost when GSMArena reported that the handset might come up in four different variants as a Twitter user found the GT-I9190 model number on Samsung’s support page, along with three other GT-I919X devices.
“One is the I9192, the dual-SIM version that was promised by the initial leak. The other points to an LTE version – the I9195 and a China version – the I9198. This is judging by the final digit of the model number, Samsung’s naming scheme is fairly consistent here (though there are exceptions),” said the report. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is likely to be released around June or July. It is expected to become a hot product among mid-range buyers, while also fitting those people who do not prefer devices with large screens.