Almost a year after Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 mini smartphone, AT&T will finally offer it in its online and brick and mortar stores.

According to a report by GSM Arena, the Android-powered handset will make its way to the US carrier on March 20. In comparison, other major US carriers already had the Galaxy S5 mini in stock since July last year.

While this seems a pretty late launch for an almost year-old device, it is still news for AT&T subscribers who want to get the Samsung smartphone, but cannot afford paying the full amount. 

Once they get the Samsung handset from AT&T, they will only need to pay $99.9 upfront in a two-year contract. There is also another option for those who want to make their costs a little bit cheaper.

The US carrier also offers the AT&T Next installment plan where the consumer can take the Galaxy S5 mini at home without any upfront payments, but he will need to pay for the monthly costs.

In the report, clients will need to pay for the device through 20 monthly installments of $21.48, 24 payments of $17.88, or 30 equal installments of $14.30. This is definitely a good option that will require very low monthly payments for the device. 

For those who have missed the 'mini' flagship's unveiling last year, the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini packs a 4.5-inch display with HD (1280 x 720) resolution, a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU that is clocked at 1.4GHz, and 16GB of internal storage.

The processor is an Exynos 3 Quad 3470 chip, while a 1.5GB RAM takes care of multi-tasking chores. Other specs include an 8MP primary camera at the back, a 2.1MP shooter in front to handle selfies and video calls, and a microSD card slot.

The device runs on Android 4.4 Kit Kat and is powered by a 2,100mAh battery. In the report, AT&T will only offer the black version of the Galaxy S5 mini.

Meanwhile, a lot of Samsung fans are already getting excited for the release of the Galaxy S6 mini. According to a report by CNET, the next-generation mini Galaxy S6 flagship may be announced any week from now. 

Based on what the Korean manufacturer has been doing over the past few years to its newly-announced devices, there may be some improvements in the display resolution, RAM, processor, and camera departments of the upcoming Galaxy S6 mini.