Samsung confirmed the US launch of the Galaxy S4 mini earlier today. There wasn’t anything specific given in terms of launch dates and prices at the time, however Samsung did say the handset would begin arriving in November. The carriers included Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and US Cellular and given the lack of specifics from Samsung, we are left looking towards the carriers for more information.
Well, it looks like Verizon Wireless is first out with some details. Though, they are still on the basic side. Big Red has recently taken to Twitter with word the Galaxy S4 mini is “coming soon.” Similar to what we have seen from Verizon in the past, they offered the tweet along with a coming soon style teaser page on the website. While there was no date or price just yet, there was confirmation of another kind.
It seems Verizon has returned to branding the home button. Just like what we saw with the Note 2 (and were happy to see stay off the Note 3), the Galaxy S4 mini home button will be sorting a Verizon logo. There will also be the expected Samsung logo towards the top of the front. Flipping over to the back and there is more branding. The handset will have the Galaxy S4 mini branding towards the bottom with another Verizon and 4G LTE logo towards the top.
Otherwise, while we still need the more important details, we have seen the specs. The Galaxy S4 mini will have Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean along with specs to include a 4.3-inch qHD display, dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. There will also be a microSD card slot with support for 64GB cards and a 1900 mAh battery.
Aside from the handset itself, Samsung also confirmed the Galaxy S4 mini would be getting support for the Galaxy Gear “soon after launch.” The issue with that promise of soon, we aren’t sure what they means in terms of the Verizon timeline.