A new report claims the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Activ announcement will arrive at the end of the month, introducing three new Samsung Galaxy S4 variants to the world.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini release will reportedly take place in the third week of July, and the other devices will arrive around the same time.
While the Samsung Galaxy S4 is still arriving on carriers in the U.S., Samsung is wasting no time talking about other parts of the Galaxy S4 family. Samsung already talked about the Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S4 Activ, but the Galaxy S4 Zoom remains a rumor.
Samsung isn’t sitting still according to the report, which claims the company will officially announce the three Galaxy S4 versions by the end of the month. It is possible that Samsung is planning the announcements for CTIA 2013 which takes place on May 20th through the 23rd.
SamMobile claims to be able to confirm release dates for all of these devices. Samsung will reportedly announce the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, Activ and Zoom in late May with releases pegged for June and July.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date – Week of July 15th
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Activ release date – Week of July 15th
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom release date – Week of June 2nd
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of a Samsung Galaxy S4 mini release date, but the details for the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Activ are new.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Release & Details
According to the source, the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is set for week 29, the week starting July 14th. This would likely be a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release in the international markets. Any Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini release date in the U.S. would likely come later and possibly with a different name.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the July 15th Galaxy S4 mini release date. The previous rumor also came from SamMobile. While the publication isn’t always accurate, it has a good track record. The previous rumor left the July timing open for an announcement, but the new report claims we will see the announcement much sooner. This also echoes a report from The Wall Street Journal that claims the Galaxy S4 Mini and Galaxy S4 Activ will arrive in July.
So far we are expecting the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini with a 4.3-inch QHD display, Exynos 5120 Quad-Core/Dual-Core Processor and an 8MP camera. We don’t know much more about the device, but we expect it will not compete with the flagship Galaxy S4.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini will likely feature some of the Samsung Galaxy S4 software features, but expect a pared down offering in this mid-range smartphone. If the Galaxy S4 mini comes to the U.S. expect it to hit smaller carriers and possibly arrive with a different name.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Activ Release & Details
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Activ is a version of the Galaxy S4 that is reportedly resistant to water and dust, which would help the Galaxy S4 better compete with the Sony Xperia Z and survive in harsh environments without a case.
In late April, Samsung Gulf Electronics president Young Soo Kim talked about this rugged Samsung Galaxy S4 model which he said would be coming in the weeks ahead. Both SamMobile and The New York Times point to a Galaxy S4 Active release date in July.
The only new information about what the device looks like is that it will reportedly feature a metallic orange design.
There are few other details about the rugged Galaxy S4 Activ, including what size screen it might sport and how the design of the Galaxy S4 will need to change to deliver a water-resistant phone.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Release & Details
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom made it’s first appearance this week, as a rumored Samsung camera phone with a 16MP sensor and a possible optical zoom.
This could combine features from the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Galaxy Camera into a singe device that offers better overall camera performance. The rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 features include,
- 16MP Sensor
- 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display
- 8GB storage
- Micro SD card support up to 64GB
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE
- WiFi 802.11 n
- A GPS
- Android 4.x Jelly Bean
- Samsung TouchWiz Overlay
- Dual-core or Quad core processor with an unknown amount of RAM
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom release date is reportedly set for the first week of June in black and two weeks later in white.
While these devices may not warrant a full on Samsung Mobile Unpacked event, we could hear more about a special event for the new Galaxy S4 versions in the next week or so.