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There was a little bit of a surprise last week when Samsung announced the forthcoming launch of its new Galaxy S4 Mini. There have been rumours circulating for a while that a S4 Mini handset was in the pipeline but the timing of the official announcement was a pretty well-kept secret. It’s due to hit our shelves in the next month or so but here’s the important stuff you need to know.

Starting with the dimensions, the S4 Mini features a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED screen which is a bit bigger in size than the S3 Mini and 0.7 inches smaller than its big brother the S4. It’s pretty easy on the pockets weighing in at just 107 grams and runs on Android 4.2.2. It’s expected to come in just 2 colours which are Black Mist and White Frost, more will be known when it’s shown off properly at the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Event in a few weeks time.

Powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor (we’re predicting the Snapdragon variety), it will also have 1.5GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to an impressive 64GB. Battery-wise, the S4 Mini comes with a pretty decent 1,900mAh battery and it is of course it supports LTE so it's 4G compatible. The rear camera packs in 8 megapixels and there is a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera to boot.

Those stats may pale a little against it's bigger sibling, the S4, but they're pretty impressive when compared with other mid range rivals.

The great news is that the S4 Mini also features many of the built-in apps that the full sized S4 offers including the TouchWiz Story Album, Sound&Shot and Panorama Shot features and the newly improved S Health and S Translator.

We’ll be sure to let you know the updates on the S4 Mini as we get them, including when you can buy it and how much it will cost.