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A smaller take on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 4 will be hitting four US carriers in November.

Galaxy S 4 Mini
photo: Samsung

The Galaxy S 4 Mini was announced back in May, but is just making its way to the U.S. next month. The phone will be available on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and U.S. Cellular starting in November.

If you were hoping for an exact replica of the Galaxy S 4, only smaller, you’re in for some disappointment. The 4.3-inch Galaxy S 4 Mini shares its name and software with the 5-inch Galaxy S 4, but its hardware is distinctly lower end. The phone features a 960 x 540 display, down from 1080p, an 8-megapixel camera, down from 13 megapixels, and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, down from a quad-core 1.9GHz chip.

It’s still a perfectly decent midrange Android phone, and I like to see devices offered in smaller sizes — I just think it’s misleading to consumers expecting a smaller version of the Galaxy S 4. It’s not uncommon, though. HTC recently pulled a similar move in downgrading the specs on the One Mini.

Naming conventions aside, the phone is likely to cost less than the Galaxy S 4, though pricing hasn’t been announced yet. AT&T currently sells the Galaxy 3 Mini for $0.99 on contract, but it isn’t clear whether the Galaxy S 4 Mini will replace it, or be offered in addition at a higher price. We’ll find that out when the phones launch next month.

  1. 4.3 inch screen 1.5 ram ships with android 4.2.2 to be updated soon. 64gb micro sd card expandable with removable battery. 107g weight, (lighter than an iphone but a larger display ) an IR blaster that controls my TV and AV receiver. Get real, separate your wants from your needs and realize what you will get for what you will spend

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