Samsung (KRX:005935), on Wednesday, announced that it would launch its Galaxy S4 mini -- the mid-range, smaller version of the flagship Galaxy S4 -- on four major carriers in the U.S. in November.
The U.S.-bound version of the 4.3-inch Galaxy S4 mini will largely carry the same features and specifications that can be found on the international version of the handset. However, Samsung has doubled the built-in storage capacity in the U.S. version to 16GB, compared to 8GB of internal storage in the international version. And, while details on pricing are not yet available, according to Samsung, the Galaxy S4 mini will be sold on AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), Sprint, and US Cellular (NYSE:USM) beginning next month.
The Galaxy S4 mini resembles the premium Galaxy S4, but is packed with lower-end hardware and specs, such as a 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device also includes Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, infrared port, a microSD card slot and a 1900mAh battery.
It’s worth mentioning here that the Galaxy S4 mini will be released in the U.S. only two months after the Galaxy S3 mini was launched on AT&T, which currently sells the handset for $0.99 with a two-year contract. It is not yet known if the Galaxy S4 mini would replace the S3 mini or if will be sold separately, The Verge reported.
The Galaxy S4 mini has been available outside of the U.S. since Samsung unveiled the device in May.
Despite the lower-end specs, Samsung has integrated many applications from the Galaxy S4 into the S4 mini, such as the Samsung WatchON, S Translator, Story Album, S Travel, and camera features like Sound & Shot and Group Play among others.
Samsung also said that the Galaxy S4 mini will receive a software update soon that will make it compatible with the company’s Galaxy Gear smart watch. The phone will be available in Black Mist and White Frost color options.
A diehard lover of photography, Kukil Bora started his career as a Web journalist with a Bangalore-based media firm called “SiliconIndia” in 2010. After working there for a...