There has been lots of speculation about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 mini which is rumored to be released in the next few weeks. According to a new report from Samsung and Korea Investment & Securities the S4 mini was developed side-by-side with the S4 in an attempt by Samsung to improve on the lukewarm reception received by the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini.
The leaked specifications show that the S4 mini will be powered by a 1.6 GHz dual-core Exynos 5210 processor. This is a vast improvement over the S3 mini which used the almost unheard of NovaThor U8420 from ST-Ericsson. At the moment little is known about the Exynos 5210 as it doesn’t appear to be the same processor as the “standard” Exynos Dual which was previously known as the Exynos 5250. Some reports suggest that the Exynos 5210 is in fact a big.LITTLE architecture processor using two A7 cores (for power saving) along with two A15 cores (for performance).
The S4 mini’s screen will use a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 540 x 960. Although this is quite low and at least 720p would have been nice, it is again an improvement over the S3 mini’s 480 x 800 display.
In terms of memory the S4 mini is expected to provide 1GB of RAM, however there is a possibility that the LTE version will have 2GB. The phone is expected to pack an 8MP camera on the back (again better than the S3 mini’s 5MP) and there will be some form of front camera, but its resolution has yet be revealed. What is interesting is that the specifications for the memory and the camera are similarly to those of the Galaxy S3. Even the 2GB of memory for the LTE version is the same as the S3. Does this mean that Samsung have taken the S3, put a smaller display on it and called it the S4 mini? An interesting notion. If that is so then we can expect at least a 1.9 megapixels front facing camera which can record 720p HD video at 30 frames per second.
The only strange thing about the report is that it claims the Galaxy S4 mini will run Android 4.0. Clearly this is a typing mistake or a misunderstanding as even the S3 mini runs Android 4.1. Probably the S4 mini will use Android 4.2, most likely 4.2.2 like the Galaxy S4.
What would you like to see in the Galaxy S4 mini and would you buy one?