Samsung to launch a mini version of its Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 mini, a slimmed-down version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, is on its way, the company announced last Thursday. Widely rumored after an accidental leak, the company confirmed that the mini will be one of the products rolled out at a Samsung event in London on June 20.

On the heels of a hot start for the Galaxy S4, which the company says sold 10 million units in less than a month, the Korean gadget-maker seems to be homing in on the rival iPhone with a handset that promises to be easier to grip than its bulkier cousins in the Galaxy line.

The mini will have a 4.3-inch display screen, comparable to the iPhone 5′s 4-inch screen, and weigh 3.77 ounces — a pip lighter than the iPhone’s 3.95.

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“We want to give people more choices with Galaxy S4 mini, similar look and feel of Galaxy S4 for more compact and practical uses,” J.K. Shin, CEO and president of Samsung’s mobile division, said in a blog post.

The new phone will feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (down from the S4′s 13 megapixels) and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It also will come with 8GB of internal memory, running up to 64GB if, as with the S4, the user adds an available memory microchip.

It will be a sleek 9mm wide (.35 inches), a hair wider than the iPhone 5′s 7.6mm (.3 inches), and run the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Jelly Bean, with a 1.7 Ghz dual-core processor.

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