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Samsung finally launches Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone

As expected, Samsung has unveiled its Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone, one which it says is powerful and compact and designed to fit busy lifestyles. The launch comes just 10 weeks after the Galaxy S4 was officially announced and shows Samsung eagerness to flood the Android market with smartphones based on its uber-popular brand.

Unfortunately, the Galaxy S4 Mini is as unexciting as we’d expect and as reported by previous S4 Mini rumours. It is roughly equivalent to a souped-up Samsung Galaxy S2 with some features borrowed from the Galaxy S4.

Like its forefather, it has a 4.3in Super AMOLED display with a slightly improved resolution (960 x 540 vs. 800 x 480), a dual-core SoC possibly based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 (clocked at 1.7GHz compared to 1.2GHz for the S2), a microSD card slot, a rear 8-megapixel camera and a 1.9-megapixel front facing one and is just as thin (8.9mm) and light (107g) as the S2.

The S4 Mini has 1.5GB of RAM, 50 per cent more than the S2 while the latter has twice the onboard storage (16GB vs 8GB for the S4 Mini). Other notable features include optional LTE or 3G Dual SIM capabilities, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean plus an array of Samsung features like Knox, S Translator, Chaton, Watchon, S Travel, S Voice, S Health, Adapt Sound, Adapt Display, Samsung Link, Smart Switch and more.

The handset will be available in two colours and Samsung has yet to announce when it will land in the UK and at what price. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be formally presented at an event on 20 June in Earls Court and we will be reporting from there. You can read our review of the full-sized Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone here.

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