If you live in the US and were hoping that Samsung was going to offer the recently announced Galaxy S III Mini smartphone for sale, you are now officially out of luck. The Android 4.1 based four inch smartphone, which was revealed in October, won't be heading to US stores.
Reuters reports that Samsung had requested that the Galaxy S III Mini be kept out of the company's current patent battle with Apple on the reasoning that it would not be sold in the US. That was apparently good enough for Apple, who confined in a court filing on Friday that it would not seek to add the smartphone to its already lengthy list of Samsung devices that Apple claims violate its patents.
The four inch screen of the Galaxy S III Mini has a resolution of just 800x480, along with a dual core 1 GHz processor. It also has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage, along with a five megapixel camera. Samsung likely feels that the Galaxy S III, with its larger 4.8 inch screen and more powerful hardware, is a better bet for the US market than the budget-themed Mini.
Source: Reuters | Image via Samsung