Samsung quietly pushes the Galaxy S4 Mini Plus out the door, priced a bit too high

Released in 2013, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini was meant to be a smaller yet less powerful, version of its bigger sibling, the Galaxy S4. Fast forward to today, and Samsung has sent the Galaxy S4 Mini to the gym, with the result being the Galaxy S4 Mini Plus, or the Galaxy S4 Value Edition, depending on where you reside, reports GSM Arena.

The biggest change can be found under the hood, which reveals a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. This compares to the older, 32-bit Snapdragon 400 chipset that you’ll find at the heart of the Galaxy S4 Mini.

Unfortunately, aside from the name, that is the only change you’ll find with the Galaxy S4 Mini Plus. You’ll find the same 1.5GB of RAM found in its predecessor, as well as the same 4.3-inch, 960 x 540 resolution AMOLED display. 8GB of internal storage also continues to be what you’ll get, though you can expand that through the phone’s Micro SD card slot, while a 1,900mAh battery should keep the lights on throughout the day, given the low-end specifications.

A 1.9-megapixel camera sits above the display, while an 8-megapixel camera can be found around back. Finally, even the software remains the same, with the Galaxy S4 Mini Plus being powered by Android 4.4 KitKat.

It’s unknown if the Galaxy S4 Mini Plus/Value Edition will make its way to the United States, though the handset is already available across Europe between 190 and 239 Euro ($208 to $261). At that price range, however, it’s hard to take the phone seriously when value propositions like the Moto E and Moto G already exist in the market. The Moto E contains similar internals for a noticeably lower price tag, while the Moto G gives you far more customization through Moto Maker, with both handsets powered by the more-recent Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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