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Exclusive: Huawei’s waterproof rival to the Galaxy S4 Mini goes on preorder

Two popular online retailers based in China, Merimobiles and etotalk, have put the yet-to-be-announced Huawei Ascend D2 Mini smartphone on preorder for $399.99 and $299.99 respectively.

That handset is pegged as the smaller version of the Ascend D2 which was unveiled earlier this year at CES and is essentially a rival to the Samsung Galaxy S4 albeit with a slower system-on-chip. Unlike Samsung though, Huawei appears to have shrunk the Ascend D2 with the only major differences being the screen size (and resolution) and the battery capacity.

It is not far-fetched therefore to assume that the Ascend D2 Mini will give the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S3 a run for their monies. As far as specs are concerned, the Ascend D2 Mini easily trounces both (if the specs on both Chinese websites are to be believed).

There’s Huawei’s own Hisilicon K3V2 Quad-core SoC clocked at 1.5GHz with a Vivante GC4000 GPU. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 4.3in 1,280 x 720 pixel IPS-LCD display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 13-megapixel rear camera with a front facing 1.3-megapixel one, a 3,000mAh battery and waterproof capabilities (IP67).

The phone is expected to be unveiled on 18 June, two days before Samsung’s big event in Earls’ Court London.