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Samsung unveiled its much anticipated Galaxy S4 mini smartphone with a 4.3-inch screen on Thursday.

The miniature version of the Samsung's hot selling Galaxy S4 smartphone showed off features that lived up to the speculations which have been doing the rounds in the past few months. The South Korean giant, which has managed to maintain the top most position in the high-end smartphone category, is said to be eyeing the mid-tier segment with the launch of Galaxy S4. The newly-launched device was released much earlier than expected.

Samsung is yet to reveal the pricing and the release date Galaxy S4 mini. Reports said that the company may keep the price-tag affordable keeping in mind conscious buyers.

On the specifications front, Galaxy S 4 mini packs a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and comes along with Samsung's extensive TouchWiz customizations.

Other features include an 8-megapixel camera, 1,900mAh battery, connectivity features like dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS + GLONASS. The device measure 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94mm and weighs 107g, compared to the bigger Galaxy S4's dimensions of 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm and weight at 130g.

Samsung will roll out the LTE model, a 3G HSPA+ model and a dual-SIM 3G model in the market.

"This new handset is the ideal smartphone companion for anyone who wants a compact device packed with innovation," said Simon Stanford, vice president of the IT and mobile division for Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland, reported CNET.