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Samsung says that this isn't an entry-level phone

Samsung has been incredibly successful with its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The company sold 20 million units in the first 100 days the smartphone was available.
Now, however, Samsung believes that there's a market in Europe for a version of that smartphone with a smaller screen. The Galaxy S III has a massive 4.8-inch screen and Samsung believes that a version of the phone with a four-inch screen would be popular in Europe to compete directly with the iPhone 5.

Samsung's Galaxy S III will soon get its own "Mini Me" [Image Source: Mobile Geeks]
The head of Samsung's mobile business unit said recently that the company would launch a smaller version of the Galaxy S III in Europe on Thursday.

The device is expected to pack in a 800x480 resolution display, 1GHz STE U8420 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5MP shooter on the back..

Sources: Reuters, Mobile Geeks

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By bug77 on 10/10/2012 10:18:29 AM , Rating: 3
The image is wrong, the "mini" will have a 4" screen, there's now way it will look so small next to the S3. Apart from that, the phones don't seem to have much in common beyond the name, yet the price for the mini is close to the price for the real deal.
Oh yes, you get the Timescape UI with both :-(

RE: Meh
By NellyFromMA on 10/10/2012 10:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
ACtually, I bet to differ. It may be slightly larger but not much.

I went from an Incredible (admittedly a 3.7, but close enough) and the entire phone fits inside of my screen area.

Try it out. You wouldn't think it would be that way but it definitely is. 3.7 -> 4 is very comparable.

RE: Meh
By NellyFromMA on 10/10/2012 10:26:33 AM , Rating: 2
Ugh no coffee yet, sorry for that mess...

I went from an Incredible (3.7 inch) to an S3. The Incredible when overlapped with my phone fits entirely in its screen area. I imagine the mini would be comparible

RE: Meh
By bug77 on 10/10/2012 10:44:52 AM , Rating: 2
See here:
It's 15mm shorter and 7.6mm narrower.

RE: Meh
By retrospooty on 10/10/2012 10:47:52 AM , Rating: 3
It is off. Eyeballing it is pretty obvious that the 2 pics are not 4 and 4.8 inch diagonally. Holding my GS3 up and zooming my screen so the GS3 above is 4.8 inches on my screen and using a ruler, the LCD's in the pics pics are 3.6 inches and 4.8 inches. Not a big deal, its just someones photochop, the mini will be 4 inches and slightly larger than the pic above indicates.

RE: Meh
By augiem on 10/10/2012 4:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's really off. Take a look at this accurate comparison I made. Note: I didn't adjust the screen size at all to account for the small aspect ratio difference.

RE: Meh
By retrospooty on 10/10/2012 4:58:22 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, maybe that was the unnanounced "micro" model ;)

Europe only, please.
By bupkus on 10/10/2012 10:00:23 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung believes that a version of the phone with a four-inch screen would be popular in Europe to compete directly with the iPhone 5.
Gee, I wonder why in Europe. </sarcasm>

RE: Europe only, please.
By mike66 on 10/10/2012 10:27:49 AM , Rating: 2
Because they are not a bunch of isheep

RE: Europe only, please.
By cfaalm on 10/10/2012 4:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Don't get your hopes up. Plenty of iSheep in Europe. But one has to wonder, why Europe? Because we drive smaller cars? Have less cash to throw around? It's confusing. I have heard people saying that the SIII was a bit too big to fit in their pockets, so a somewhat smaller phone would make sense.

It seems Apple hit a sweet spot size wise with the iPhone5. Why isn't the mini then simply the same hardware with a smaller screen and body?

RE: Europe only, please.
By publicspace on 10/10/2012 7:44:38 PM , Rating: 2
I think because the europeans on average have a lower BMI than north americans, are also more in shape, and dress more fashionably. They don't need a giant phone sticking out of their pockets.

RE: Europe only, please.
By TakinYourPoints on 10/10/2012 8:07:10 PM , Rating: 2
American Android IT sadfats love putting their giganto-phones on those hideous belt holsters, don't hate!

By sprockkets on 10/10/2012 11:04:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'd get it for my wife since having the normal SG3 wouldn't fit anywhere.

RE: Yes
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/10/2012 11:10:31 AM , Rating: 2
Where are you putting it that it won't fit anywhere?

RE: Yes
By retrospooty on 10/10/2012 11:15:33 AM , Rating: 2
+) LOL.

RE: Yes
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/10/2012 11:21:57 AM , Rating: 2

entry level
By nafhan on 10/10/2012 10:26:41 AM , Rating: 3
So, I'm having trouble finding that exact SoC (U8420), BUT judging by the model number, it will probably be similar to the STE U8500, which is a dual Cortex-A9 + Mali 400 that Samsung is already using in some entry level phones.

I'm a little disappointed. Better SoC + higher res. screen and this would be at the top of my "to buy" list. I guess I'll get a Razr M.

RE: entry level
By RufusM on 10/10/2012 12:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung is taking a gamble on the branding of the Galaxy S3 with this one. They've already tarnished the Galaxy brand by releasing very entry level phones with it such as the Galaxy Precedent on Boost Mobile. I get that Samsung wants to build on the GS3 brand since it's so widely recognized, but to tarnish the GS3 brand by naming an inferior mini version with the S3 moniker doesn't make sense to me. I think it is likely to cause confusion among normal customers.

I've already heard rumblings of normal people talking about the iPhone5, saying they know someone that has it but they don't think it would work for them because it doesn't come with Google any longer and they need Google on their phone. This is typical of many people getting half of the story. Now extend that to the GS3 Mini and I can hear people saying they've heard the new GS3 is too small, slow, etc. when, in fact, it's nothing like the real GS3.

RE: entry level
By publicspace on 10/10/2012 7:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
Very true, I've heard similar things about people interpretation of the iPhone 5 and google. Everyone just hears it through the mainstream media filter which always dumb down the facts in the worst ways.

Thank goodness!!!!! But if only.....
By BillyBatson on 10/10/2012 8:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
I am SO glad that Samsung is such a smart company that they realize if there is market for big there is a market for small.
I would never buy a smart phone over 4.3" and android has been severely lacking in the normal size phone department.
But.... If only it wasn't budget hardware but I understand due to size constraints, heat issues, and a battery this size wouldn't adequately power a flagship android phone.
But thank goodness.

RE: Thank goodness!!!!! But if only.....
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/11/2012 11:02:17 AM , Rating: 2
android has been severely lacking in the normal size phone department., it hasn't, you obviously aren't looking hard enough, or you need your eyes checked.

And "normal" to you, is not "normal" to everyone....

By BillyBatson on 10/11/2012 3:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it has, only low to midrange android phones are coming "normal" size. Even this phone isn't high end but its a start if they can sell these at a steady pace we could see higher end Samsung androids out in the future.
And sorry but smaller phones are still normal over larger phones based i the number of phones sold in th history of the world and the majority of cell phones in the world still being below 3.5" screen sizes and yes I'm including feature phones. In the grand scheme of things a 4.8" phone is not normal and is much larger than the average for cell phones in the world right now.

Specs are lacking
By agent2099 on 10/10/2012 4:55:20 PM , Rating: 1
It won't compete with the iPhone five with that low PPI screen

RE: Specs are lacking
By TakinYourPoints on 10/10/2012 8:09:46 PM , Rating: 2
Lower PPI and a much slower SoC. Not a lot of great choices in comparison, especially with such similar prices between the two. S3/S3 Mini are both pretty overpriced given their specs and build quality.

RE: Specs are lacking
By nafhan on 10/11/2012 10:18:09 AM , Rating: 2
4" diagonal at 800x480: hold it 15 inches or more from your face and you've got a retina display (assuming 20/20 vision). Basically, this resolution is a non-issue for people who hold their phones at a usable distance.

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