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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10/11/2012 4:20:02 PM
You're kind of wrong. Even though it's clearly an inferior device to anyone who regularly reads tech blogs (because it is inferior). It's nice looking, and has a similar size and will have a lower price than the iPhone 5. Even the specs are similar: look a squirrel er 1Ghz CPU*! Basically, it looks like a high end device, and pushes enough of the specs that people don't understand, that it's going to be competing with the iPhone 5 whether or not it should be.
Personally, I think Samsung is doing a huge disservice to the consumer by marketing this as a Galaxy S III. This is clearly last year's phone in this year's phone's clothes and name.
*Fine print: clock speed and number of cores may not be an accurate indication of performance - especially when you ignore other crucial system components in your analysis.
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