Samsung Galaxy S4 – The spin-off series?

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The record-breaking Samsung Galaxy S4 passed the 10 million sales mark less than one month after its retail release, with the Korean manufacturer stating its latest flagship had surpassed any previous handset sales figures.

Even the Galaxy S4’s predecessor, the Galaxy S III, took almost twice as long to reach the 10 million mark. Prior to that, the Galaxy S II took five months with the Galaxy S taking seven.

To maintain interest in the handset, Samsung’s announced plans to introduce four additional colour schemes, Blue Arctic, Red Aurora, Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn, which are scheduled to be released alongside the original black and white S4 variants, later this summer.

Also sending the rumour mill into overdrive are the teaser images recently released by Samsung for a variety of Galaxy S4 spin-off models. The handsets are tipped to be unveiled at an event known as “Samsung Premier 2013”, which is expected to take place in London on 20 June.

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According to unofficial reports, the Galaxy S4 Zoom, is said to be Android’s attempt to compete with Nokia’s Lumia series, and will house a 16-megapixel camera with a 10x optical zoom lens, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 16GB internal storage and the latest version of Android Jelly Bean.

It has been recently been confirmed that the Galaxy S4 Mini will feature a 1.7GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch display and an 8-megapixel camera, on Android 4.2.

A 3G-enabled S4 Mini with 1GB of RAM, and a 4G LTE model with 2GB of RAM, are the two versions of the mid-range device, which are set to bring the S4 experience to users on a smaller budget.

Leaked images have also been circulating providing an idea of how the Galaxy S4 Active will measure up, particularly against the water resistant Sony Xperia Z, as the S4 Active is supposedly water and dust resistant, or ‘life proof’, as some reports are suggesting.

Dubbed as a ‘rugged’ version of the original S4, the S4 Active is rumoured to house a 5-inch 1080p display and the same 1.9GHz quad-core, Snapdragon 600 processor found in the original S4, however, the S4 Active’s camera is rumoured to be smaller at 8-megapixels rather than 13.

As well as the S4-branded trio, also thought to be coming to the market is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega – a 6-inch full HD smartphone, which will sit between the recently launched Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 – although it isn’t certain if this could in fact be the upcoming Note 3, tipped for release in September.

Unofficial confirmation of these various S4 spin-off models came from Samsung themselves as the company listed the Galaxy Mega and S4 Active as supported devices in an update on its WatchON TV control service.

Samsung could be teasing us but come 20 June, we’ll know for certain what will to hit the market, and no doubt build on the already very successful Galaxy S4 story.

[author ]This guest post was written by Stefanie Keeling of Dialaphone – the home of great mobile phone deals.[/author]

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