When the Galaxy S4 mini was first announced officially a couple of weeks back, we didn’t get any information on release date and pricing for the U.S. from Samsung. We still don’t, but perhaps we’ve already glimpsed at our very first clue. A recent Bluetooth SIG certification reveals where the US-bound Galaxy S4 mini might be headed first.
Based on information found in the Bluetooth SIG web site, a Bluetooth 4.0-equipped “Samsung SCH-I435″ could soon arrive in the U.S. and become available through Verizon Wireless. How do we know this? Because Samsung-branded Verizon phones have traditionally used the SCH model designation in the past — the Galaxy S3 is called the SCH-I535 while the Galaxy S4 is called the SCH-I545 — so a phone called the SCH-I435 would fit right in. And not only that, but the “Geographic Availability” info of the phone clearly states North America.
Some people might think that there are a lot of other models better suited to be released under Verizon, be it due to hardware specs, software features, and other niceties. It’s also possible that this particular Samsung phone could be a different model entirely. In any case, we’ll be sure to update you on the latest info once we grab it, hopefully straight from Samsung itself.
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This is going to Verizon…but damn it if they sell a a good solid Sony phone like the xperia zu or even xperia z for that matter
6/17/13, I’ve been waiting patiently to replace my old Samsung #u340 w/the s4. W/o contract, the device should be apx $650. + case + tx, figure $750. I’ve seen it w/5″ screen & 13mp cam. the mini has 4.3″ screen w/8mp cam. Since most smartphones are kinda big (Note2′s huge), the s4mini’s just right. If it’s significantly cheaper than s4, I’ll get that.