We just heard about the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, a tinier version of the latest flagship that takes us back to what the company did with the S3. Now a new report suggests that this ‘miniature’ device will arrive in 4 versions, one of them with a second SIM slot and one with LTE connectivity. What it doesn’t specify is where these versions will be released.
The Galaxy S4 mini showed up in leaked images last week and brought along the model number GT-I9190 to substantiate claims of its existence. Now, it seems, three more models have popped up on one of company’s official websites. The GT-I9192 is supposed to have dual SIM capabilities, while the GT-I9195 is rumored to have LTE connectivity. And then there’s the GT-I9198, which is apparently headed for China Mobile.
Coming back to the recent talk of the smaller version of the latest flagship, it was noted that Project J – a code name created to keep the development of the S4 a secret – also contained other models, one of which could be a miniature version of the main device. Now, according to Unwired View, Italian site Caotic is reporting that sources from Japan (thanks to Twitter user @st7761) have revealed this information on the existence of multiple models of the aforementioned handset.
The rumor we heard recently had some oddly forward details, especially regarding a release date, while leaving out otherwise more easily leaked information such as specs. It said the phone would arrive either in June or July this year and have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display with a pixel density of 256ppi. A 1.6GHz dual core CPU was given the task of running things through the Android 4.2.2 OS. The rest of the features are not known.
This is all speculation at the moment, as it remains unconfirmed by official sources. But it must be kept in mind that in the past, things like this (unannounced model numbers showing up on fringe websites) have proven a fairly accurate measure of what’s to come from the South Korean manufacturer.
Whether the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini really will come in 4 models, and if it does, how many markets will actually get all variants, is to be seen. In the meantime, let the rumor mill do what it does best.