It's been a little more than a week since Samsung released its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in New York. While millions of Samsung fans around the world are waiting for the new handset to hit the market, a new report has surfaced online Friday saying the South Korean conglomerate is prepping for a smaller version of the Galaxy S4.
Yes, continuing the legacy of the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, the Galaxy S4 mini is apparently set to make its debut.
The news has come from SamMobile, who has posted a set of leaked Galaxy S4 mini images, obtained from its Twitter follower with the name of Ermek Kubanychbekov. As per the images, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will carry the same design as the bigger version, but with a smaller form factor.
When it comes to the display features, the Galaxy S4 mini is claimed to sport a 4.3-inch screen, which is slightly bigger than the 4-inch screen on the existing Galaxy S3 mini. The display is said to be of Super AMOLED qHD quality with a pixel density of 256ppi (960x540), which is a little more than half the pixel density of the Galaxy S4 (441ppi).
As for software, the Galaxy S4 mini apparently runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz skin (TW Nature UX 2.0) like the Galaxy S4.
Sporting a model number of GT-I9190, compared to the Galaxy S3 mini’s GT-I8190, the Galaxy S4 mini is said to have a dual-core processor, clocking 1.6GHz. The device is rumored to also be available in a dual-SIM variant, with a release date expected to come in June or July.
“Unfortunately, if this leak is correct, Samsung is once again downsizing the phone's specs along with its screen size. … If this is real, this means more mid-range buyers can get the design of the S4 -- but also that people looking for both a smaller screen and the S4's cutting-edge internals are still out of luck,” said a report from the Verge.
With the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini spotted in the wild, it has apparently been confirmed once again that the rumored “Project J” does not deal with just one device. As TechRadar has noted, “the mini, S4 and something called the Project J Active -- likely a smartwatch-like device -- all make up the Project J trifecta.”
“This device will fit perfectly with people who do not want devices with large screens,” said a report from The Droid Guy. “Despite the fact that its hardware specs are less powerful than what the flagship model has, it is still more than capable to handle almost anything you throw at it.” Take a look at the leaked Samsung Galaxy S4 mini images below: