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.