The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has already been stated for release in just over a weeks time, but now a new release date has appeared here in the UK. Mobile retailer Phones 4U has the handset listed on its website for pre-orders with the delivery date set for the 1st of July, so it will actually arrive a few days ahead of the expected July 5th release date.
For a quick recap, the handset comes with a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of memory (5GB available to the user), a microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB of memory, a 8-megapixel camera with TouchWiz camera features, 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1900mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. Oh, and don’t forget all the NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and LTE network support as well.
Interestingly, the price for the SIM free version is set for £419.95, which puts the smartphone within the price range of the more impressive Xperia Z (£479.95 at Phones 4U) or HTC One, and directly up against the older Samsung Galaxy S3 (£399.95) in terms of cost.
This seems a little expensive for a phone which is less powerful than the quad-core competitors in the similar price bracket, so you’ll have to weigh up whether or not it’s worth the money for some of the handsets unique features and smaller size, or if it’s better to opt for extra power in the processor department and the additional screen space available with competing devices.
Of course, the launch price is likely to fall in the weeks following the handset’s release, so you should be able to pick one up a little cheaper if you’re happy to wait, and there are always contract offers available as well.