Rumor: Galaxy S III Mini to be announced?

The Galaxy S III, might have been one of the top selling phones of this year so far, but there are a lot of people you think devices that sport 4.8-inch screens are a little too big. However Samsung has recently sent out invites for an event with the headline “Size may be small” with the subheading reading “and so small may be big.”

The text from Samsung’s German branch translates to “that’s how big small can be.” However you look at it, Samsung is teasing something big and the chances are it is Galaxy device-related.

The “S” logo used for all of Samsung’s Galaxy S models is also present in the background of the invitation, so it could mean a smaller variation of the Galaxy S III will be made available for those with a little less space in their pockets.

The idea isn’t too farfetched considering how big the Galaxy S III actually is. Effectively, Samsung targeting consumers looking for smaller devices could work in their favor, as one complaint the Galaxy S III has received is that it’s too big to be used one handed, which is considered a big deciding factor in smartphone purchases.

With the iPhone 5 sporting a screen of 4-inches, it’s quite unlikely that Samsung would go smaller than that size if it has any hopes of competing with it. However, we have seen Samsung produce smartphones with even smaller screens in its Galaxy line-up in the past.

We’ll keep you posted when we find out more on this event and the device behind it.

Source: CNet

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I have the Galaxy Reverb, which is essentially a VERY stripped down version of the SIII with a 4" screen, and I think it's the perfect size. They should aim for making a full featured SIII that size, because I would totally buy it.

How many phones do Samsung have right now?

They just keep tossing these things out there. Like a blind man shooting at a target, hoping something will hit. Problem is the ones that don't are forgotten about, as are the users that paid for them.

I would certainly welcome a mini Samsung smartphone. Currently only Sony Xperia produce compact phones, so a little extra competition could be interesting.

Cute James said,
I would certainly welcome a mini Samsung smartphone. Currently only Sony Xperia produce compact phones, so a little extra competition could be interesting.

With calling and communication functions, the new iPod Nano (7G) could be a great compact smartphone too.

(yes, I realise I'm replying to myself...)

Lawsuit imminent, copying apple by producing a smaller version of an existing product, i.e. iPad & iPad Mini

Nobody else is allowed to do this as Apple invented the concept.

Teebor said,
Lawsuit imminent, copying apple by producing a smaller version of an existing product, i.e. iPad & iPad Mini

Nobody else is allowed to do this as Apple invented the concept.

Be prepared for the Zealot onslaught with this comment

javagreen said,

Be prepared for the Zealot onslaught with this comment


I am dissapointed, seems to be little uptake this time round lol

An S3 mini really would fill a gap in the market. At the moment, except for the iPhone, the consumer has to choose between having a powerful and feature-rich phone that is huge, or sacrificing features in order to get it into their pocket. I think there are a lot of potential customers for a top-of-the-range phone with a smaller screen...

S3 is really to big for a phone. I cannot use it very easy, as is to big for my big hand
Something smaller with same resolution could be extremelly intersting. If launched, I'll buy it.

Personally I don't have any problems with the S3's size. I can do things with one hand (texting, browsing, etc.) without too much difficulty - I can't quite reach the very top left corner - if I'm on the move.

It does amuse me when people get me to work on their phones, though. There is that brief moment when I first take the device and I think, "wow, what a small toy..." before snapping back to reality and remembering that size isn't everything.

I think the s3 is a decent size for most adults. It does feel weird when you first get it but after a while it is second nature. I used my s3 since June and then the other day i went on my old iPhone 4 and it was so weird, everything looked so small and i couldn't believe i used something that small.

Then i went on my old w800i and i passed out.

A galaxy s3 mini? what is the point. Don't Samsung offer smaller android phones already?

Most current phones have a screen that's too small, in my opinion, so I welcome anything bigger. It's a shame this'll be running Android, though.

Calum said,
Most current phones have a screen that's too small, in my opinion, so I welcome anything bigger. It's a shame this'll be running Android, though.

The screen on the GS3 is awesome!

The Galaxy S III, even with ICS is really fluid, smooth and stable. This is the first Android phone I have owned that not only feels on par with the iPhone, but in some ways is a level above any iPhone or Ipod I have owned or handled. Samsung did an excellent job of ironing out many of the quirks of Android.

I can't wait for Sprint to release JB so I can experience "Project Butter" for myself to see if it can improve much upon the work Samsung done on the Galaxy.

soonerproud said,

The screen on the GS3 is awesome!

The Galaxy S III, even with ICS is really fluid, smooth and stable. This is the first Android phone I have owned that not only feels on par with the iPhone, but in some ways is a level above any iPhone or Ipod I have owned or handled. Samsung did an excellent job of ironing out many of the quirks of Android.

I can't wait for Sprint to release JB so I can experience "Project Butter" for myself to see if it can improve much upon the work Samsung done on the Galaxy.


Yeah, I meant phones other than the GSIII, the Note, and a couple of others. I should have been more clear. I love the screen on the GSIII. I was disappointed that the Nokia Lumia 920's screen isn't quite as big.

I hope it's like the S2. I loved the size of the s2 but the s3 was just too big for me so I switched to an iphone5.

Bigger is not always better!

cRuNcHiE said,
I hope it's like the S2. I loved the size of the s2 but the s3 was just too big for me so I switched to an iphone5.

Bigger is not always better!

But switching to an iPhone was better? LMFAO

nekkidtruth said,

But switching to an iPhone was better? LMFAO

Yawn. Everyone has their own needs and opinion, get over it. For my needs the iPhone 5 was a better choice due to the better quality apps and hardware in a compact size.

I don't want a large 4.8" phone with me ALL the time. it's too cumbersome and too close to my 7" and 9.7" tablets which each have their own benefits.

nekkidtruth said,

But switching to an iPhone was better? LMFAO

Even switching to a symbian phone would have been better.