updated 02:16 pm EDT, Wed October 23, 2013
Smaller GS4 variant to hit Sprint, AT&T, Verizon
Samsung fans that are looking for a smaller smartphone experience will be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 mini on one of four major American carriers beginning in November. The 4.3-inch handset will be available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and USCellular. Samsung has not announced specific launch dates for the device on each carrier.
Samsung touts theGS4 mini as a shrunk down version of its flagship Galaxy S4 handset, and in a number of ways it is. It features a similar design aesthetic to its larger predecessor, as well as a number of the GS4's software features, including the camera interface, the WatchON remote control functionality, and S Beam simple sharing.
The GS4 mini, though, features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display outputting at 960x540 with 256dpi. The flagship S4 outputs at 1920x1080 with a pixel density of 440dpi. The S4 mini also packs only a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, while the S4 has a 1.9GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
Both devices, run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, though the S4 is slated for an update to Android 4.3 in the very near future. The S4 mini will also receive an update, though Samsung has been less forthcoming on when such an update will arrive. Samsung's carrier announcement specified only that the 4.3 update will arrive "soon after launch."
The Galaxy S4 mini will be available in Black Mist and White Frost color options. The wireless carriers, according to Samsung, will announce their own specific availability, colors, and timing.