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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10/12/2012 1:39:45 AM
I wholeheartedly agree that the GS3 mini blasphemes the entire Galaxy S series. It's a joke to release this cut down phone as a cousin to the big Galaxy S3. It even looks like it uses a pentile display (notice no plus in the name), meaning its 800x480 4" screen is basically the same thing that was in the Galaxy S1. Remember: pentile is not a massive issue at 720p, but it's pretty noticeable at 480p on a ~4" display.
10/12/2012 11:02:33 AM
I agree, but feel it is not much different than the providers still advertising Galaxy S1 Aviators (us cellular around here). It really hurts people that may not know better, as they get a crippled phone that is not that usable.
At least this is Jelly Bean and should be a much better experience, and will hopefully get the providers to quick selling the 2 year old phones.
10/14/2012 2:02:50 AM
not sure what all the fuss is - there is 2 previous generations of this phone. Its not meant to be a flagship phone.
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