Exactly zero US carriers have announced the availability of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. While previous speculations point towards the AT&T direction (since last year’s SIII mini made its way to the carrier), no concrete evidence has amassed. This time around though, it seems like Verizon is getting a slice of the mini flagship’s pie as leaked photos of the device donning gigantic check marks on the back (at least it’s not on the home button!) were acquired by Engadget.
The S4 Mini, which was announced not long ago, has seen an international retail release, but is yet to be at a US citizen’s disposal. Bearing a model tag of SCH-i435, the S4 mini packs a 4.3” Super Amoled display with a disappointing qHD panel giving it a slightly less sharper screen with a pixel density of 256ppi. The device’s other internals include a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with an Adreno 305 GPU, 8 GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card of up to 64 GB, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 1900 mAh removable battery, NFC and an IR blaster. The S4 mini carries an 8MP shooter and a 1.9MP front-facing camera. The device’s design language doesn’t stray much from its bigger and better brethren, sporting the same thin-bevelled plastic construction with faux chrome side trims. Over-all, like most “mini” versions of other flagship devices, the S4 mini isn’t perfect. It’s basically a scaled down version of the more powerful device, which sacrifices more than the screen size, but also the beefy internals.
For those interested in the Galaxy S4 Mini, it seems like the Big Red is on its way to launching the device. No official announcements have been received though, so I think we should be a bit sceptical with the treatment of this leak—just to be on the safe side. Another alternative to the GS4 Mini, is HTC’s One Mini. Both devices pack almost the same internals, but the HTC device clearly edges the S4 mini in terms of design and construction, especially with the HD panel donning the device’s front. If you prefer brains over beauty though, the S4 Mini carries slightly better internals, with 0.5GB of RAM more than its rival, and a more highly clocked CPU; plus it has a microSD slot and a removable battery. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of these devices.