Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 09 Galaxy S4 Mini exposed in new pictures of the device

The Galaxy S4 Mini has shown up once again in new images that showcase its familiar looks. Unfortunately the inside isn't as pleasing as the outside. The phone is expected to be announced in late May.

If there’s one trend in the Android world that has received a fair amount of criticism, it’s that manufacturers seem to be ignoring the segment of the smartphone market that actually prefer to have smaller devices that they can use with one hand and fit comfortably in any sized pocket. If you’re one of those people, Samsung might have you covered, sort of.

 
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Galaxy S4 Mini exposed in new pictures of the device
 
The image above is the Galaxy S4 Mini, and as you’d expect, it looks just like an S4, but smaller. As for how it will differ from the S4 in ways other than in size, for the answer to this we look to the specs:
 
  • 4.3” qHD Super AMOLED display with 256ppi
  • 1.6GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • Android version 4.2.2
 
This is where things get a bit frustrating for users wanting smaller devices, and why I said that Samsung might have you covered. Although it’s nice to see them making an effort to provide this option for users, it’s a bit disheartening to see it being treated as a lesser, lower-end device, just because it’s smaller.  This is indicated by the clearly inferior specifications of the device, especially using standards we've come to expect in 2013.
 
We still haven’t reached the point in time in the Android ecosystem where a device can be both smaller and premium, like the iPhone for instance. It’s a bit of a shame because it seems that this segment of the market is ripe for the taking, but nobody is willing to step up and grab it as the companies seem more focused on competing in an endless war of the flagships where bigger and more seems to equal better.
 
The wait continues for a device that is both small and very premium, but for the time being, this will have to do. The device is expected to be officially announced at the end of May, along with other new Galaxy devices, including the S4 Zoom cameraphone. More images of the S4 Mini can be found here.