The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini is real and finally official. After a steady stream of leaks since the full-size Galaxy S 4 debuted in March, Samsung today confirmed that it will release an S 4 with reduced proportions and lower specs to reach more customers across the globe.

The “Mini” in the phone’s name denotes that this version has only a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Display. It has only a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front camera, 4G LTE connectivity, and a 1,900 mAh battery. I say “only” because the Mini is falls short of the comparison to the Galaxy S 4, but the Galaxy S 4 Mini still has quite a few impressive specs that make it competitive beyond what might make this a midrange device. The S 4 Mini also has:

- IR LED for TV/Audio Remote control,
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and NFC

- 8GB internal memory (5GB accessible to user)

- 64GB microSD slot

- 1.5GB of RAM

- Samsung KNOX security

- Android 4.2.2 with Touchwiz

- Wi-Fi 5.0GHz a/b/g/n

Two critical factors yet to be disclosed are the price and release date. Samsung has not announced when the Galaxy S 4 Mini will be released or how much it will cost, but the company may shed more light on that information when it hosts a special premiere event for other products in London on June 20th.

By Andrew Kameka