Samsung Launches Neutered Galaxy S III Mini, LTE is MIA
October 11, 2012 1:15 PM
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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
. 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.
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Not Intended for US
10/11/2012 3:50:11 PM
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
10/11/2012 5:51:54 PM
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
10/12/2012 7:28:47 AM
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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