Even if they’re not yet what you’d call official devices, there’s little doubt these days as to the existence of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and Mini. Which means the only questions that remain unanswered relate to the two’s launch dates and their exact spec sheets.
Unfortunately, things continue to be awfully confusing on the two fronts, with (far too) many people claiming to be in the know and constantly feeding us with wrong or contradicting information.
The latest word around the block is still not rock-solid, but at least it comes from an above average source in terms of credibility. I’m talking about GFXBench, the website where both the S4 Active and Mini are listed starting this past weekend.
If we are to give the newly emerged info credence, the Active is to come with a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU beneath its hood along with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a full HD screen. That essentially means the thing will not be identical to the original GS4 as far as hardware is concerned, replacing the impressive Snapdragon 600 processor with a slightly older and slower one.
As for the S4 Mini, it appears the sources that told us the little guy was to come with a mystery dual-core Exynos 5210 CPU were wrong. Instead, the 4.3-incher is now believed to pack either a Qualcomm MSM8930 or an MSM8960. Both are dual-core and fairly snappy for a mid-range device.