Samsung announces Galaxy S4 Mini



Samsung has officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone

Samsung this week announced it would be holding a smoke and mirrors London press event in June - and now we sort of know why.

The tech giant has now - just a few days later - officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone.

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Specs for the new S4 Mini were disclosed by Samsung in a press release on Thursday, which also revealed the new phone will make its debut at the London event.

It is described as a "powerful, compact version of Samsung's bestselling smartphone".

As you'd imagine it's slightly smaller than its elder S4 sibling - featuring a 4.3inch screen and weighing in at a featherweight 107g. Samsung says "the lightweight and compact design enables you to carry and use the device easily with one hand".

The official reveal of the even more pocket-friendly S4 comes after days of speculation online.

It boasts a screen resolution of 960x540 pixels and a pixel density that falls somewhere between the original Galaxy S and the iPhone 4.

The phone is powered by a dual-core 1.7Ghz processor and runs on the latest version of Android's Jelly Bean operating system.

The full size Galaxy S4 was launched at an event in New York in March. The company said earlier this month it has shipped more than 10 million units of the S4 since its global launch in late April. Here's a snap from that launch.

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People who couldn't quite stretch to the full-fat S4 seen above will be pleased to see some of the flagship's features translated to the new mini. These include Sound & Shot, which transforms the phone user into a creative director or film editor, matching up still images to audio. Meanwhile, the translation feature also translates to the S4 Mini.  

In Samsung's own words, S Translator is "for instant translation using text or voice on applications including email, text message".

Those who enjoy snapping on their smartphone will find an 8MP camera, while there is 89GB of storage for music and photos. There's the option of picking up an external SD card should you want more storage.

When it comes to image and style, its S4 heritage is plain to see. It features the same angular corners and faux metal edging as its glamorous big brother.  

However, the funky eye-tracking technology and smart pause functionality seen on the full-fat S4 hasn't made it on to its little brother.

Simon Stanford, Vice President of IT & Mobile Division, at Samsung said:  "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."

The S4 Mini will be coming to the UK later this year. It will be available in two colours, black and white.