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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10/16/2012 8:26:05 AM
As a fairly clued-up consumer who was curious about Android, actually the biggest thing which led to me dumping the Galaxy 3 and going to get an iPhone 5 is that it seemed like a trade off whereby you could either get a stock Android device, a Nexus, where you got regular updates, or you went with a phone where Samsung/HTC add extra features to the stock OS, some of which are worth having, most of which are not. The ability to use the phone as a mass storage device was good, until it came to putting music on it whereby drag and dropping loads of music files onto it into separate folders quickly became annoying after the ease of use of iTunes over many years.
Samsung would have a better consumer experience if their devices were better built, eschewing the use of cheap materials and if the screens were better. I'm all in favour of a big screen, but not one which is fuzzy and greeny/blue tinted. Camera is similarly hobbled:Able to take pictures really fast (almost instantly) but with quality which does not stand upto scrutiny.
I don't blame Android here, I really like the OS itself, I just think that there are parts which really do need to be polished up a bit if they really want to tempt more people away from iPhone, which does still excel at user friendliness. I use the Nexus 7 and like it for certain use cases (e.g. cached maps for travelling) though Apps choice are still very lacking compared to iOS.
The G3 in this article is simply a continuation of the Galaxy Ace et al. which are the cost proposition line, and it has to be thicker because it doesn't have such a large surface area to put the battery in. I'm sure there will be plenty of Android devices which will be worse than this, and the worst that could really happen is Samsung's brand is hurt, not Android's
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
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