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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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Not Intended for US
By KPOM1 on 10/11/2012 3:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
According to CNET, HSPA support is limited to 14.4, and only for 900MHz, 1900MHz, and 2100MHz bands. So I don't think we will ever see this stateside. It barely has 3G support for the US (only 1 of 2 bands used by AT&T and barely used by T-Mobile).

RE: Not Intended for US
By Penti on 10/11/2012 5:51:54 PM , Rating: 2
It's 900, 1900 and 2100 bands according to the linked Samsung press release. It has a WVGA screen and probably pretty bad 5MP camera. It's a fairly low end device for Europe, so it will have a hard time to compete. Prices floating around would even indicate that it's more expensive then an or priced similarly to a Galaxy Nexus. Let's hope not but time will tell.

RE: Not Intended for US
By Penti on 10/12/2012 7:28:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yep the Swedish price is essentially within tens of dollars of what Galaxy Nexus costs. A Galaxy Nexus in the UK is cheaper then the retail price for Galaxy S Mini I suppose. It will actually even be about the same price as HTC One S here. Way over priced. By at least 70 EUR.

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