It’s no secret Samsung’s mobile strategy these days relies on a heavy product portfolio, focused more on quantity than quality (no offense,) with choice and diversity being the key words. But are the Koreans going a little too far when planning a low-cost version of a phone that was itself intended as a sub variety of another model?
You can’t know for sure until giving it an actual try, so here comes the [easyazon-link asin=”B00BV1NKCW” locale=”us”]Samsung Galaxy S4[/easyazon-link] Active mini. Albeit I’m not so certain that will be the final market name of the handheld also known as GT-i8580, simply because, as strong as the phablet wave might be, a 4.65-incher can’t be considered a “mini.” Unless you’re eight feet tall or something.
In a nutshell though, you can’t describe the GT-i8580 other than a lower-end, lower-cost S4 Active variant. After all, it’s bound to sport the same exact design, inspired by the original GS4, but with very specific physical buttons, and feature a shield against water and dust.
The specs will of course be taken down a notch (or three), with Android 4.2 still running the software show, but a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1 GB RAM, 5 MP camera and 800 x 480 pix res screen taking care of the hardware part.
Though unofficial… for the time being, the GS4 Active Light (there you go) is near confirmed, having passed FCC’s inspection with GSM, W-CDMA support, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. Now it’s all a question of when and how much.
<Source: Phone Arena>