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Samsung's Galaxy S4 mini lands Stateside in November

After getting our first look at it in May and some hands-on time in June, Samsung's petite Galaxy S4 Mini is finally headed to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular in November. There's no word on pricing or an exact release date, but we should start to hear announcements from the carriers in the coming weeks.

When we first got a chance to check out the S4 Mini in June, we said it wasn't "noticeably different" than the standard Galaxy S4 aside from the screen size. Instead of a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen, the Mini offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 960-by-540 resolution. The 1.9GHz quad-core processor in the S4 is reduced to a 1.7GHz dual-core chip, and you only get 1.5GB RAM versus 2GB in the full-size version.

The onboard storage remains the same, however, at 16GB with an expandable SD slot supporting up to an additional 64GB of storage. Other specs include 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9MP front-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, 5 GHz a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, NFC, and USB 2.0.

On the software side, the Mini offers many of the fancy features the regular S4 has such as WatchOn, which turns your smartphone into a universal remote for your TV.

The new miniature phone will also work with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, just not out of the box. Samsung says the Mini will get a software update shortly after the device rolls out in the U.S. to work with the Gear.

The Mini will be available in white or black, and comes loaded with Android 4.2. There's no word on when or if the Mini might get Android 4.3--the latest version of Android introduced in July that many U.S. Galaxy devices are still waiting for.

In addition to the S4 Mini roll out, Samsung announced that Galaxy Gear compatibility was coming for the Galaxy S4, S III, and Note 2 as part of the Android 4.3 update for those devices. A specific roll out date was not announced.

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