Samsung Galaxy SIII mini made official

Samsung have been riding on the wave of success with the Galaxy SIII. So what better way to push the brand forward, but to release a more pocket friendly version of the flagship device.

The Galaxy SIII mini has been officially unveiled by Samsung and our friends over at Engadget got a look at the device first hand. There was a worry that the handset would be a less sophisticated version of its big brother, but a comment made by Samsung mobile head JK Shin had suggested it would sport the same specs. But it hasn’t worked out quite like that. It does still mean a smaller, iPhone-esque, form factor for the SIII lovers.

 


SIII mini


SIII

Processor

Dual Core 1GHz

Quad core, 1.4GHz, ARM Cortex-A9

RAM

1GB

1GB

Storage

8GB/16GB + microSD up to 32GB

32GB + microSD up to 64GB

Screen

4” Super AMOLED, 800x480

4.8” Super AMOLED, 1280x720

OS

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (via update)

Camera

5MP Rear, VGA Front facing

8MP Rear, 1.9MP Front facing

Network

3G

4G

Features

Wifi, BT 4.0, GLONASS, NFC

Wifi, BT 4.0, GLONASS, NFC

Battery

1500mAh

2100mAh

The nice thing is the design; its nearly identical to the original SIII, with the handset coming in white and a pebble blue version expected as well. But would you be willing to trade performance for design and looks? Pricing, availability and carriers offering the handset are yet to be confirmed.

I wonder if they are going to stick with the mini moniker, or will Apple attack them for that one too?!

Source and Images: Engadget

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The name is really deceptive, and shame on Samsung for using it to fool people

This just feels like a rushed out product to get some sales away from the iP5.

WTF? How is this a GIII Mini? The specs are nothing like the full-sized one. I'd rather get a Galaxy Nexus if I wanted low specs like those.

The SIII is a bit big for my tastes so this is a welcome addition, but... less powerful than the SII? What's the point?

This is not a mini S3 - just a different phone with S3 look.
The use of S3 name is just for advertising - to fool people.

This is a high powered phone... my neo has a dual core 1ghz processor and its more than fast enough for any android apps for the next few years at least. If you wanted a phone as powerfull as the sIII but smaller itd be the same price....

Slammers said,
This is a high powered phone... my neo has a dual core 1ghz processor and its more than fast enough for any android apps for the next few years at least. If you wanted a phone as powerfull as the sIII but smaller itd be the same price....

Right, that exactly what many people need. Same, but smaller, with same price.

Wake up and smell the coffee, Samsung. This is not an SIII mini - it's a different phone. When the SIII mini was first announced I was pleased about the idea because there is a gap in the market for a high powered phone that you can actually fit in your pocket. A market segment that only Apple seems prepared to fill right now. And here we are with proof that Samsung has no desire to tap that market either after all.

That said, because of the name, millions of consumers will be deceived into buying what they think is the same device with a smaller screen. So the plan may work that way anyway.

Timble said,
That said, because of the name, millions of consumers will be deceived into buying what they think is the same device with a smaller screen. So the plan may work that way anyway.

That's *exactly* why they're attaching it to the S3 brand.
I got nothing against Samsung (I love how they still provide miniSD, unlike some other new high-end phones *cough*HTC*cough*), but this is just ridiculous..

GreenMartian said,

That's *exactly* why they're attaching it to the S3 brand.
I got nothing against Samsung (I love how they still provide miniSD, unlike some other new high-end phones *cough*HTC*cough*), but this is just ridiculous..
No phone manufacturer provides miniSD. MicroSD? Yes. MiniSD? No.

It's really pathetic how two things in mobile industry haven't taken off - 1) more storage options for phone (and none of this cloud bull****). I'm talking 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB internal with a microSD slot. 2) better battery technology. Screens are getting bigger, but battery technology/capacity are still the same. I guess this is somewhat offset by advancing technologies like making more power efficient SoC's, and such, but still...

tsupersonic said,
No phone manufacturer provides miniSD. MicroSD? Yes. MiniSD? No.

Yeah, I'm dumb. I meant micro. I don't get why so many manufacturers stopped providing them. It's not like they take up a lot of space..

Last time I put my phone in the washing machine, I just slapped the old microSD to a new phone, flashed my last ROM backup, and it's like nothing ever happened.

Timble said,
Wake up and smell the coffee, Samsung. This is not an SIII mini - it's a different phone. When the SIII mini was first announced I was pleased about the idea because there is a gap in the market for a high powered phone that you can actually fit in your pocket. A market segment that only Apple seems prepared to fill right now. And here we are with proof that Samsung has no desire to tap that market either after all.

My S3 fits in my pocket. Please let me know if you want photographic evidence of this fact.