Rumours have been flying thick and fast about Samsung readying to launch a smaller version of its Galaxy S4, and there may be more than one versions of the phone on the anvil. Recent reports have claimed that the South Korean mobile titan is preparing at least two variants of the rumoured Galaxy S4 Mini.
A report in SamMobile, which has a stellar record in Samsung leaks, says that Samsung is developing Galaxy S4 Zoom. This phone has a 16MP autofocus camera with optical image stabilisation and 10X optical zoom. Galaxy S4 has a 13MP camera, offering the highest resolution among the phones in its portfolio, while other top-of-the-line devices like Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III feature 8MP units.
The report says that Galaxy S4 Zoom will have a 4.3-inch display with 960x540p resolution and 256ppi pixel density. It will pack 8GB onboard storage, support microSD card up 64GB and run on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system with TouchWiz Nature UX. Other details about the device include Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi for connectivity and white and black colour options. Processor and RAM of the phone have not been decided yet.
According to the report, the phone's code name is SM-C1010. Recently, Bluetooth certification documents have revealed the existence of an announced Samsung phone with the code name SM-C101 that will come with Bluetooth 4.0.
Rumours say that the other version of Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will share the display with the Zoom variant. It is expected to run on a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and have the manufacturer's proprietary Nature UX 2.0 over the stock operating system. The South Korean manufacturer will reportedly launch single-sim as well as dual-sim variants of Galaxy S4 Mini. This phone will be rolled out in June or July this year, says a report. Leaked photos of the allegedly upcoming smartphone have already appeared online.
Another phone in the works is the rugged version of Galaxy S4, according to rumours. In an interview, Samsung Gulf president Young Soo Kim revealed that the company is readying a dustproof, waterproof variant of the current flagship model that will be announced in a few weeks. Currently, the company offers only mid-range rugged phones under the Galaxy Xcover series. Sony has the only phone with top-end specs that can withstand water, dust and shocks.
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