By Stephen Schenck | June 14, 2013 5:14 PM
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 Mini, announced late last month, may not pack the raw power of its larger sibling, but for users sick of how big smartphones have been getting, it could be a decent compromise between size and performance. Since then, we picked up some early hints about how the phone might be priced, but we were still wanting for additional launch details. Now there’s a theory going around this afternoon that the GS4 Mini could be looking to make a home at Verizon in the States.
The evidence for that idea is a little light, but hear us out. The Bluetooth SIG has a new listing up for a Samsung model SCH-I435. That prefix designates a Verizon smartphone (the carrier’s GS4 is the SCH-I545), so that bit checks out, but how is this the GS4 Mini, in particular?
That’s where this starts to fall apart a little. At the moment, there really isn’t anything tying SCH-I435 to the model – this is mostly just a guess based on what new Samsung model Verizon might be interested in. We’ll admit that it’s sensible enough, but we’d like to see something a little more solid.
For what it’s worth, we’ve been unable to find much about that model number anywhere – Samsung doesn’t appear to have released the phone’s UAProf yet, so we can’t even check if the qHD resolution matches up. There’s also the possibility that this could be a new Stratosphere model. That idea’s based largely on the numbering (previous Stratospheres were in the SCH-I4X5 range), but there’s nothing else to back that up. For now, this one’s still a big mystery.