Like it or not, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Samsung is prepping a mid-range Galaxy S4 mini to follow in the footsteps of the S4 in a similar fashion to last year’s S3/S3 Mini duo. The first GS4 Mini stories with a whiff of credibility have appeared just before the weekend and now we have a little something extra to add in the mix.
Specifically, there’s a new rumor going around town that the S4 Mini will be powered by an Exynos 5210 processor. If the SoC model doesn’t sound very familiar, that’s because it hasn’t been revealed yet.
Although officially the processor doesn’t exist, unofficially we’ve already spotted it over at Free-electrons.com and in an AOSP port on GitHub. If all of this is to be trusted, the 5210 will be Samsung’s third chipset in the Exynos 5 series, joining the 5250 (aka 5 Dual) inside the Nexus 10 and the 5410 (aka 5 Octa) powering some of the international versions of the Galaxy S4.
And if the 5250 is a dual-core unit and the 5410 octa-core, it makes sense for the 5210 to be quad-core, right? Only the featuring of four active cores at all times is a really long shot. Instead, chances are the processor will use ARM’s big. LITTLE architecture with four cores that will work in “shifts”.
There will be two power-saving Cortex-A7 cores and two high-performance A15, just like the Exynos 5 Octa has four Cortex-A15 and four A7 which take turns in working towards the user’s benefit.
A second possibility is the Exynos 5210 will be just a plain dual-core Cortex-A15 chip, but we’re not really buying that. After all, why wouldn’t Sammy just use the 5250 in that case?
Besides the processor’s model (which will probably be clocked at 1.6 GHz), we can’t shed any new light on GS4 Mini’s spec sheet, meaning we still expect the 4.3-incher to have a qHD 960 x 540 screen and Android 4.2.2 with Nature UX 2.0 on top. Rumor has it there will be four different models, including an LTE-enabled one and a dual-SIM. The rest is silence… for now.