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 6:24:22 PM
As long as it is priced appropriately then its actually fine, a low budget alternative to the iPhone 5. Plenty of those devices exist.
If it is priced anywhere near the iPhone then it won't be a good value at all. The regular Galaxy S3 is already a bit overpriced in comparison given its slower hardware and cheap physical construction, so this S3 mini
needs to be cheap.
Regarding the lack of LTE, perhaps it is because Samsung hasn't transitioned into the more efficient LTE chips that Apple recently started using. In that case the battery life of the Mini would be abysmal given how small it is. Other Android phones have gotten away with LTE because they can fit massive batteries due to their larger chassis.
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