Samsung will be making its Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone available in the US next month. The Korean firm announced the launch frame this morning, confirming that Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular will all carry the device. Specific launch dates and price points will be determined by those carriers, but we’ve reached out to each of them for comment and will update if we hear more.
As a refresher, the Galaxy S4 Mini is exactly what its name suggests: a smaller version of the Galaxy S4. It’ll almost assuredly be cheaper than that flagship, but its specs take something of a hit–its 4.3-inch AMOLED display has a resolution of 960×540; it runs on a 1.7GHz dual-core processor; it has 1.5GB of RAM; and it comes with 16GB of expandable storage. It’ll arrive in black or white hardware.
The S4 Mini will ship with Android 4.2.2, but Samsung also announced that the device will receive a software update “soon” after it launches that will make it compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. That, in turn, means that the update will bump up the S4 Mini to Android 4.3. Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and other recent Galaxy devices will also be getting the same update by the end of this month.