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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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RE: Aimed
By Alexstarfire on 10/11/2012 2:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
I own a GS3, a US version, and even I have to agree with what you say. Granted they haven't put out a price for this and if it's like $50 or free, on contract, then it might be justified. If they ask for more than that then they are crazy. It's not really a competitor in my eyes given its specs. Of course, that depends on how you determine a "competitor." If you're just looking how well it runs, especially given that's how Apple views things, then it certainly could be. Rather hard to say, in that case, without a review of the product.


RE: Aimed
By Reclaimer77 on 10/11/2012 2:38:18 PM , Rating: 2
The only one's saying this is a competitor to the iPhone are Daily Tech writers.

Once again we see Androids biggest strengths, options and choice, construed into somehow being negatives.


RE: Aimed
By ritualm on 10/11/12, Rating: 0
RE: Aimed
By retrospooty on 10/11/2012 6:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
I read the article... It doesnt mention the iPhone, it just says "“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,” "

In other words, here is a smaller low end phone for those that dont care to pay high end prices for a high end Phone. the price tag agrees. Its NOT an iPhone competitor. Its like saying a Honda Accord is a competitor to a BMW 5 series. No, its not. Honda has the Acura TL that more directly competes. Samsumg has the GS3 that competes with the iPhone, the mini is just a cheap alternative like the Accord.


RE: Aimed
By retrospooty on 10/11/2012 6:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
I read the article... It doesnt mention the iPhone, it just says "“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,” "

In other words, here is a smaller low end phone for those that dont care to pay high end prices for a high end Phone. the price tag agrees. Its NOT an iPhone competitor. Its like saying a Honda Accord is a competitor to a BMW 5 series. No, its not. Honda has the Acura TL that more directly competes. Samsumg has the GS3 that competes with the iPhone, the mini is just a cheap alternative like the Accord.


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