According to two tweets from @evleaks, the Captain of Leaks himself, it appears that the Galaxy S4 mini will be launched on AT&T and Sprint in the coming weeks and months. AT&T will get a pink variant, while Sprint will get the more conservative black and white color options. Why is AT&T stocking up on pink? The folks over at Android Police have a good theory, they say it’s because October is breast cancer awareness month.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini, in black mist and white frost, for Sprint pic.twitter.com/oNP1wKvyDE
— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 10, 2013
Should you buy the GS4 mini? Let’s get this out of the way, the device shares almost nothing with the GS4, except for the design and the name. The screen is smaller at 4.3 inches, but it’s a 960 x 540 pixel panel. The processor gets downgraded to a Snapdragon 400. The RAM gets cut to 1.5 GB. And the camera moves down to 8 megapixels. Now this doesn’t mean it’s a bad phone, because these specs would’ve been considered flagship status two years ago, it’s just … everyone wanted a Galaxy S4 with a 4.3 inch 720p panel and the exact same specs as its big brother.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini, in pink, for AT&T pic.twitter.com/u7X7BoBhjH
— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 11, 2013
Does anyone make a “mini” flagship? I’m glad you asked. Less than 24 hours ago, Sony announced the Xperia Z1F. Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 4.3 inch 720p display. Sadly it looks like it’s Japan only for now, but that could (and damn well should) change.