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The new Galaxy S III Mini might be smaller, but it also compromises a lot for a svelte form-factor

We first reported on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III Mini yesterday, and as promised, the device was officially announced today. The smartphone is aimed at Apple's new iPhone 5, which also uses a 4" display, instead of the monstrous 4.8" unit found in the standard Galaxy S III.
 
As previously reported, the Galaxy S III Mini packs in a 1GHz dual-core processor, 4" WVGA Super AMOLED display, a 5MP rear-facing camera (VGA front-facing camera for video conferencing), and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The smartphone will come with a 1,500 mAh battery and includes FM radio support. One big omission, however, is LTE connectivity.
 
Compared to the powerhouse Galaxy S III, its little brother is definitely not quite up to par.
 
“The GALAXY S III introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world. We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the GALAXY S III mini in a more compact form,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs.”
 
The Galaxy S III Mini measures 4.78" x 2.48" x 0.38" and weighs 3.93 ounces.
 
There is no word yet on pricing or availability for the Galaxy S III Mini.

Source: Samsung



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FM capability? Excellent addition.
By GotThumbs on 10/11/2012 1:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
I love the fact that they are including an FM tuner. My old LG phone has one and I still use it to listen to the radio at work through my computer speakers (w.subwoofer). My current Droid phone does not have an FM tuner and I do miss the convenience of having it. Yes, I can play music stored on my phone or streamed from my WHS, but I have a very good local station and choose not to use an "APP" to stream local music when an FM tuner does the job.

Personal choice, but I'm very interested in this new model, which will still have Google Maps full functionality. :->

Best wishes,




RE: FM capability? Excellent addition.
By xti on 10/12/2012 1:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
i dont get why more phones omit this from the line up. i guess all the streaming apps could be an argument. I loved the lil fm tuner add on for the old school ipads.


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