Featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and similar bodywork to its high-end cousin the S4 Mini is instantly recognisable as a part of the Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy range. However, the 1.7GHz dual-core processor is far less powerful than either the quad-core or octa-core variants of the Galaxy S4, marking the handset out as a powerful, but distinctly mid-range, offering.
Samsung has brought several of the features that were introduced with its flagship over to the S4 Mini, including the Group Play media-sharing service and S Health fitness suite. There are also many of the S4’s camera functions included in the mid-range package, such as Sound and Shot, which captures audio along with images.
However, it seems that Samsung has not brought the hands-free, gesture-based control innovations that won headlines for the Galaxy S4 to its smaller cousin. The firm’s announcement makes no mention of features such as Air View, Air Gesture and Smart Pause, indicating that these will be restricted to the highest end of the market.
Aside from this, the device has 8 megapixel front-facing and 1.9 megapixel rear-facing cameras, 8GB of internal storage and a 1,900mAh battery. The handset will be running Android 4.2.2 and a 4G LTE version will also be available, something which could be a real bonus for a mid-range handset.
There’s no specific word on when the Galaxy S4 Mini will be available as of yet, although it is unlikely to make it to market before Samsung’s London press event on 20 June. At that showcase, the Korean manufacturer will be showing off further devices, vastly increasing the scope of its already extensive Galaxy range in one fell swoop.