Sam Grobart did an in-depth look at Samsung’s headquarters for Bloomberg Businessweek‘s cover story, and confirmed that the Galaxy S4 Mini will be coming soon after the Galaxy S4’s launch:
The Galaxy S 4 doesn’t come out until late April. It’s fast, has a big, bright screen, and will probably be another huge hit for Samsung, as will the S 4 mini that will go on sale soon after. Yet when discussing Samsung’s immediate future, Lee Keon Hyok betrays zero triumphalism. He’s seen this before and knows that it’s counter to the principles of New Management to derive pleasure from the success of today. “In 2010 it was a banner year for the whole group,” he says, sitting in his 35th-floor office in Seoul. “The chairman’s response? ‘Our major businesses can disappear in 10 years.’ ”
Grobart’s confirmation falls in line with a rumor we reported on last week that said the Galaxy S4 Mini is expected to go on sale during the summer in either June or July. Grobart’s piece doesn’t reveal many details about the device, but Know Your Mobile has posted up additional rumored specs of the Galaxy S4’s little brother.
The publication says that the device be available in 8, 16 and 32GB variants. It will have support for a microSD card up to 32GB and will have an 8MP camera complete with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch-focus and face detection.
A Galaxy S4 Mini would not be a far-fetched move from the Korean tech giant. Shortly after the Galaxy S3 launched, Samsung released a cheaper and smaller phone called the Galaxy S3 Mini. The device wasn’t sold in the U.S., which could hint that the Galaxy S4 Mini might take the same route.
Without confirmation from Samsung, we’d suggest taking this with a grain of salt. However, the pieces do seem to add up.