On Monday rumors surfaced that an Galaxy S4 Mini was in the works as leaked photos and specs filled every tech blog on the web, proving that Samsung is in no way ready to let the limelight pan over to the next iPhone 5S or 6. Certainly the Android smartphone developer generated plenty of hype for its Galaxy S4 unveil in New York at the UNPACKED event earlier this month, but now that it's over, eyes have begun turning to how Apple's flagship smartphone wondering how it will counter the excitement over the release of the Galaxy S4.
Apple's next iPhone has any number of rumors surrounding it, including the idea that it could be cheaper, could come in a variety of sizes, colors or with new and improved features. Well, guess what? Samsung has an answer to all that at its name is the Galaxy S4 mini.
Haven't heard about the Galaxy S4 mini yet? No worries. We've rounded up all the release date rumors, speculation, leaked photos and prospective specs we could find concerning the next Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Release Date Specs Rumor 1: 4.3 Inch Display
So the first Galaxy S4 Mini spec leak we may want to pay attention to is what the company is doing with display size and resolution. According to GSMArena the Galaxy S4 Mini may feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (530x960 pixels) with 256 ppi. For a more economy smartphone model these are fairly nice display specs. Just to compare, if you consider the specs on the iPhone 5, it as a smaller 4 inch screen and 640 x 1136 pixels with 326 ppi pixel density - not such a huge difference huh? And in fact if you look at the Galaxy S4 mini lead photos it actually bears some similarity to the design of the iPhone 5-I can already smell the lawsuits coming can you? Though the Galaxy S4 mini may only tout roughly half the specs of the big brother model (Galaxy S4 sports an impressive 4.99in Super AMOLED display with Full HD, 1,920x1,080 resolution with a high pixel density of 441ppi YOWZERS!) if the display is everything these leaks are saying it will be then it will certainly be a worthy consideration for those who need to keep an eye on their pocketbooks.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Release Date Specs Rumor 2: Will Launch Equipped with Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
Yeah so this is definitely something to be excited about -- we all are aware of how insanely popular the Android Jelly Bean operating system has been, so what could be better than owning the latest Galaxy device in budget format while still bing able to take advantage of the latest operating system. According to Monday's leaks the Galaxy S4 mini would come equipped with the latest Android Jelly Bean software 4.2.2 just another reason to consider this phone.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Release Date Specs Rumor 3: Dual-core LTE Processor
So according to SamMobile, the Galaxy S4 Mini will very likely feature a 1.6GHz Dual-Core CPU and that the processor could be an Exynos 5210 According to SamMobile,
"Details are unknown but it's thought to feature ARM's big.LITTLE technology in a Quad-Core structure, equipped with Dual Cortex-A15 Cores and Dual Cortex-A7 cores. The Exynos 5210 could also be just a Dual-Core Cortex-A15 SoC."
It's all up in the air really when it comes to what type of CPU the Galaxy S4 Mini will use but seeing that it's a dual-core processor that supports LTE, it's safe to say it'll likely be a Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon chipset.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Release Date Specs Rumor 4: Summer Launch
Yeah so as soon as any rumors start circulating about any new device, aside from the specs, everyone is wondering, when will the release date be? Well most around the web seem to think the launch will be somewhere in the June to July window, though to be quite honest, I can't find any source for this information whatsoever, so it sounds to me someone made it up and everyone jumped on board. However, considering that the Galaxy S4 is set for a late April UK release and the iPhone 5S, the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 could have a summer launch, then perhaps this would be Samsung's way of staying in the big picture at that time.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Release Date Specs Rumor 5: Affordable Price Point
Seeing that the Galaxy S4 Mini is definitely out to be the little brother budget model of the Samsung flagship phone, its safe to say the price will be significantly cut. With rumors that a more affordable budget iPhone will release this summer at just about $300 dollars, then it's pretty safe to speculate that the Galaxy S4 Mini will like launch at a similar price between $300 and $400 dollars.
Of course at this point pretty much all the features and specs and release date rumors are just that -- rumors. But it shouldn't take long it these rumors are fact, for more evidence to surface. Either way, the prospect of an Galaxy S4 Mini sounds pretty cool to me. Even though the phone isn't set out to be a game changer, it just might offer the options needed for many who are operating on a budget.