Samsung has confirmed plans to release a smaller version of its popular Galaxy S4 smartphone by the end of the year.
The company confirmed plans to release the Galaxy S4 Mini on Thursday, adding that it will feature Samsung's Knox security services. The feature could be a key selling point for business users, offering similar sandboxing powers to BlackBerry Balance, creating separate work and personal spaces on the phone. However, as noted earlier this month, it's still unclear how businesses actually activate Knox and at the time of publishing Samsung had not responded to V3's request for clarity.
As well as being smaller and lighter than the full-sized 137x70x7.9mm, 130g S4 – measuring in at 125x61x8.9mm and weighing 107g – the S4 Mini will also feature downgraded components. The S4 Mini will be powered by a dual, not quad-core, 1.7GHz processor, feature 8MP rear and 1.9MP front cameras, and house a smaller 4.3in Super Amoled display.
The S4 Mini will run using the same Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, overlaid with the same Samsung custom Touchwiz skin as the full-sized S4. This means the Mini will have the same custom camera modes and S services as its larger sibling. These include Samsung's Sound & Shot and Eraser camera modes, and its S Translator service.
The full-sized Samsung Galaxy S4 was released just one month ago and is currently on track to become the firm's best-selling smartphone ever, having stormed past the 10 million sales mark.
Samsung vice president Simon Stanford said the firm expects the Mini will get a similarly positive reaction. "Demand for the Galaxy S4 has been phenomenal since it launched in April and we hope to build on this success with the Galaxy S4 Mini. This new handset is the ideal smartphone companion for anyone who wants a compact device packed with innovation," he said.
There is no official word on when the S4 Mini will launch in the UK or how much it will cost, though Samsung has promised to announce the news "soon".
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