As expected, the Galaxy S4 Mini is finally making its way to the US market. Samsung has announced that the smaller Galaxy S4 handset will launch on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in November, seemingly leaving T-Mobile out of the mix.

No pricing or specific launch date for the handset has been named for the US market yet. The launch of the Galaxy S4 Mini on AT&T follows the Galaxy S III Mini launching on the carrier just two months ago. It's probably safe to assume the Galaxy S4 Mini will be priced cheaper than the Galaxy S4, offering customers an alternative to the towering flagship.

The Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display (960 × 540), Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, support for Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, 1,900mAh battery, 8-megapixel sensor on the back and 1.9-megapixel camera on the front.

The handset will receive a software update "soon after launch" to bring compatibility with the Galaxy Gear.

Sprint is reportedly set to get the colours Black Mist and White Frost, while AT&T can expect pink, according to EvLeaks earlier this month.

The expansion of the Galaxy S4 Mini to the US, following Europe, comes just after Apple launched its iPhone 5C. In a way, the Galaxy S4 Mini and iPhone 5C are targeting the same markets - customers who want a cheaper alternative to a flagship - or in the Galaxy S4 Mini's case, a smaller screen.

During Pocket-lint's review of the Galaxy S4 Mini, we found it was a terrific little phone with solid battery performance, brilliant sound quality and a really nice form factor.