INDIA: Eagerly awaiting the launch of Samsung S IV, but not sure if you will be able to afford it? Worry not, for Samsung reportedly has a cheaper version of S IV in the works too. A report by tech blog SamMobile, says that Samsung is developing more than one phone under S IV branding.
Under Project J (under which Samsung is said to be making Galaxy S IV), the South Korean manufacturer is said to be building two devices, codenamed Altius and Serrano. TOI previously reported that Galaxy S IV is being developed under the moniker Altius. The other phone Serrano is believed to be S IV Mini. Going by the device’s name, it is likely to be a smaller and cheaper version of the upcoming flagship Galaxy S IV.
The report says this device uses the same accessories as the Samsung Galaxy S IV, except the wireless charging dock. The line of accessories compatible with galaxy S IV Mini includes clear cover, flip cover and protective cover.
Previously, it was reported that Galaxy S IV will be unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event to be held in February or March and will start shipping by April 15. A section in Samsung’s booth at Consumer Electronics Show 2013 revealed details of the display of Galaxy S IV – 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED full-HD touchscreen with 440ppi pixel density. It is said that the upcoming phone’s screen will be unbreakable and bendable, as demonstrated with the Youm display at CES 2013. Galaxy S IV is expected to run on a quad-core processor clocked at 2GHz, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera and 2,600mAh battery.
In October 2012, Samsung launched Galaxy S III Mini, which is smaller than the original Galaxy S III and is priced considerably lower.