By Stephen Schenck | October 28, 2013 11:46 AM
Samsung has not been shy in the least about churning out plenty of Galaxy-S-4-series hardware. Beyond the base phone and its carrier variants, we’ve seen the GS4 Zoom, Active, and Mini. Today, we’re looking to keep on building that lineup out by taking a couple of those existing models and crossing them together, giving us what sure seems to be a Galaxy S 4 Active Mini.
Spotted on China’s TENAA, the phone looks like a more squared-off version of the full-size Active, with straighter top and bottom edges, and the lines between its hardware buttons no longer at an angle. Instead of the five-inch display on the bigger model, this phone should have one measuring more like 4.65 inches.
So far, so good, right? Well, it’s all downhill from here. Specs-wise, this handset – Samsung’s model GT-I8580 – isn’t much to write home about. Benchmark results reveal a lowly WVGA resolution, not to mention an bit of a processor downgrade. That’s actually a bit of a mystery, though: apparently we’re looking at a Qualcomm MSM8960 with an Adreno 305 GPU, though that pair doesn’t spell a chip we’re familiar with. It’s definitely in the S4-400 range, but we’re not seeing an exact match. We’ve heard it referred to as a “Snapdragon 400 Plus,” but that’s not an official Qualcomm designation, as far as we’re aware.
All told, we’re not quite sure what to think. It’s just not that much smaller than the full-sized Active, and the trade-offs might be too many. Perhaps Samsung will find a win through appropriately budget pricing.