Samsung GALAXY mini 2 leaked about two weeks ago, but we initially thought that the smartphone would be launched at this year's Mobile World Congress 2012, which is set to kick off on February 27.
However, the Korean handset maker decided to go official with the GALAXY mini 2 earlier than expected and announced today the upcoming availability of the handset. Along with the GALAXY mini 2, Samsung released another budget-friendly smartphone, the GALAXY Ace 2.
This would be the fourth GALAXY Ace model, after the company announced the original GALAXY Ace, GALAXY Ace Plus and GALAXY Ace DUOS. All four are entry-level Android phones, so customers should expect them to be priced accordingly.
According to Samsung, GALAXY Ace 2 is expected to arrive in UK in April, while GALAXY mini 2 will be available in France starting next month. Obviously, the smartphones will be rolled out globally soon afterwards.
Samsung GALAXY mini 2 is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and packs an 800 MHz processor inside, along with 4GB of internal memory, 512 MB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
In addition, the smartphone sports a 3.27-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display (320 x 480 pixels resolution), as well as a 3-megapixel rear photo snapper.
Samsung GALAXY Ace 2 runs the same Gingerbread operating system and packs an 800 MHz dual-core processor. It also embeds 4 GB of internal memory, 768 MB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).
The smartphone comes with a slightly larger 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display (480 x 800 pixels resolution), a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, as well as a secondary front-facing camera for video calls.
Both handsets are delivered pre-loaded with Samsung Hubs and ChatON services. No word on price tags yet, but Samsung will probably unveil more details closer to launch.