Galaxy S 4 mini appears on Samsung's own websiteAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Typically when we get a look at a piece of unannounced hardware, it's thanks to some leaker or anonymous source. Sometimes the images or information comes straight from the source, though, when a manufacturer slips up and reveals some device ahead of its official introduction. That's precisely what's happened today, as Samsung has apparently forgotten that it hasn't actually announced the Galaxy S 4 mini yet and has decided to throw the handset up onto one of its websites.
As you can see in the image above, the Galaxy S 4 mini is included in the full list of hardware on the official Samsung Apps site. The Galaxy S 4 mini is identified by the model number GT-I9195, and next to it is another version with the model number SGH-I257. Samsung devices with model numbers that include "SGH-I__7" are usually AT&T-branded units, suggesting that Samsung may be prepping a variant of the Galaxy S 4 mini for AT&T. Interestingly, Samsung's user agent profiles for these two products show the GT-I9195 as having a screen resolution of 960x540 (lining up with previous rumors), while the SGH-I257 is listed with a resolution of 1280x720.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini wasn't exactly a secret before this morning, as there have been a couple of leaks that have shown the device out in the wild. Still, we're never ones to turn down additional peeks at unannounced products, especially when they come straight from the device makers. One previous report concerning the Galaxy S 4 mini claimed that it would arrive "soon after" the Galaxy S 4 launch, and today's appearance of the S 4 mini on Samsung's own website seems to support the speculation that a launch is getting close.