By Alexandra Burlacu | May 27, 2013 01:53 PM EDT
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini rumors might be true after all, as the smaller version of the flagship smartphone appeared on Samsung's own Apps website.
Samsung made no announcements regarding a Galaxy S4 Mini handset yet, but an appearance on the company's official apps site is basically a confirmation of the smartphone's existence and suggests an imminent launch.
Initially spotted by TGSpot, the listing shows a white version of the pint-sized Galaxy S4. The company's apps site allows users to sort apps by device to see at a glance what might be compatible with a particular handset. Samsung lists the devices by name and photo. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini listing appears when selecting "display apps by device." Amid a number of smartphones, the page also displays a "Galaxy S4 mini GT-I9195" handset and a "Galaxy S4 mini SGH-I257" model.
Samsung removed the listing in the meantime and did not reveal any information regarding the specs of the Galaxy S4 Mini. According to previous reports, the smaller version of the company's new flagship smartphone will sport a 4.3-inch qHD display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz, an 8-megapixel camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, Samsung's own Touch Wiz Nature UX, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and more.
Other reports suggest the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini will make its debut sometime in mid-July, during the week starting on July 15. So far it remains unclear just how much the handset will cost or which markets it will hit, but Samsung is expected to follow a strategy similar to the Galaxy S3/ Galaxy S3 Mini scheme.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini launched back in October 2012, a few months after the original Galaxy S3. It sported a similar design to its big brother, but different hardware to accommodate the smaller size and lower price tag. The Galaxy S3 Mini traded in the quad-core processor for a dual-core chip, packed a lower-resolution display and a less powerful battery compared to the full-size Galaxy S3 smartphone. On the other hand, it came with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box (the Galaxy S3 launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) and boasted an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus, while the original Galaxy S3 had a 5-megapixel rear shooter.
While Samsung has yet to announce the Galaxy S4 Mini, the seemingly accidental listing suggests the handset is ready to hit the market soon enough. The company will likely offer more details regarding specs, pricing and availability closer to launch.
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