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Yesterday, JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, said that the company would be announcing the Galaxy S III Mini in Frankfurt, Germany on October 11th. Looks like we don't have to wait another 24 to get the full skinny, however, as alleged details of the device have already made their way to the internet.

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While many users were expecting full GSIII hardware in a smaller package, that doesn't look like it's going to be the case if today's leak is to be believed:

  • 4" WVGA Super AMOLED Display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • NFC
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.1

Basically, this is just another mid-ranger that Samsung managed to create some hype around by slapping the "Galaxy S III" name onto it. Definitely not the tiny powerhouse we were expecting.

[Mobile Geeks via Sammobile]

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  • wolfkabal

    Why even put the GSIII name on it. All this will do is increase confusion, especially when people go to search for accessories. The unified device and naming of the REAL GSIII was perfect. You didn't have to worry about carrier, or anything - Now the name is being muddied.. *face palm*

    • Greyhame

      Galaxy S Mini would've been better. Brand recognition wins out. Shame. What makes it worse is the drop in specs across the board. This would be nice if it came fully loaded. I know it's a mid-range device, but I'm sure some would've preferred this size with actual SIII specs.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Agreed. I can sort of understand why (the Galaxy is apparently their Android line, the S is their top-tier, and III is the current model), but it's still confusing. It also doesn't help that there are at least 3 different GSIII variants roaming around with different processor/radio combinations already.

      • wolfkabal

        On that notion shouldn't THIS be a 'I' or something? It doesn't even follow the same lineage as it's bigger brother.

    • toshistation

      They should've called it the Galaxy S III S: Mini S: S

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    But what processor is in it? It might not be too bad if it's the same Snapdragon processor the other US variants have.

    • hasan

      According to rumours on Verge it is ST-Ericsson U8420.

      • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

        Which doesn't seem to exist even on ST-Ericsson's own website. This could be a variant of the U8500 used on the Xperia U/P or a whole different processor altogether. Let's just hope it's not a downgraded U8500.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sean.p.cummins Sean Cummins

    Lackluster. I was hoping for the 2GB RAM and at least 1,800mAh battery.

    • ProductFRED

      It's a mid-range phone, not high end.

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        Too bad they only make mid-range phone in that form factor.

        Considering I have small hands, I'm not really enjoying the trend bigger=better.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sean.p.cummins Sean Cummins

        Fair. I'm just hoping for a high performance phone that I can actually keep a grip on. I think my Droid X is at the upper limits of the phone size I would be comfortable with.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I kind of skoffed at this at first, but it makes sense to have a smaller device, since a lot of people seem to think the GSIII is too big. At 4", it also stacks up against the new iPhone. Hopefully the specs hold up. I agree that it would've been more appealing to feature the same specs just in a smaller package. This would have helped to avoid muddying the "GSIII" moniker.

  • Mitt

    If the price is right, this gonna be awesome!

  • Juan Carlos Contreras

    If it's suppose to be the same as the SGSIII but smaller, then it should have the same specs like 2gb of ram and a 8 mega pixels reattach shooter. Imo

  • ChrisLH

    Disappointing specs if they turn out to be true. Also, we'll have to see how it performs in the real world - specs don't mean everything.

    That being said, Samsung ALMOST made a brilliant strategic move here by introducing a smaller phone to give people a different option than the iPhone for a high-end, 4" device. Even better, they call it the Mini, which infers the iPhone is still small. Even better it beats Apple to the "Mini" name before the iPad Mini is released, stealing their thunder slightly. They even capitalized on the GS3 branding.

    Truly a brilliant strategy...unless the phone is a mid-range device which doesn't stand up to the iPhone and only serves to dilute the GS3 brand. Unfortunately this appears to be the case. Maybe they'll surprise.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Agreed. I guess I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the naming scheme. It seems like the Galaxy *S* series should be top-tier, and if they're all in the same "III" generation, should feature same or comparable hardware. Or maybe that makes too much sense?

      • Himmat Singh

        No, what you're saying is perfectly true. If Samsung wanted to use comparatively lower specs, they might as well have called this the Samsung Galaxy Mini II (or III).

  • guyfromtrinidad

    Are you people kidding me ??!!!. We have leaked specs that may or may not turn out to be true but anyway it a dual core phone with a 4 inch display (smaller screen so ideally less battery consumption so you don't need a huge battery). running JELLY BEAN. It almost has the same specs as the Galaxy Nexus and should sell for cheaper. As for diluting the Galaxy S3 brand, please give me a break. I know a lot of people who wanted an S3 but found it too big, I am going to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt, wait to see the phone in action before I pass judgment

  • Josue

    They better release jelly bean for the US tomorrow!

  • coversnails

    Wow, a 4" screen is considered 'Mini' these days!

  • br_hermon

    This really tarnishes the GSIII name...

  • http://www.facebook.com/Devinm80 Devin Martinez

    It's kind of funny that apple makes a 4" phone & as always here comes Samsung a month later haha

    • Himmat Singh

      Maybe you're forgetting Samsung already made a 4-inch phone 2 whole years ago? I guess you're just kinda late to the party.

    • ScottColbert

      And you don't design and make a phone in a month, fanboy,this was on the drawing board well before the icrap5. Carry on basement dweller.

      • GazaIan

        That's a bad argument to use here, this looks exactly like a smaller Galaxy S III, there isn't much design work that had to go into this.

        A better argument would be that Samsung has already made a phone called the Galaxy Mini, and this is its successor.

    • fixxmyhead

      are u serious? there have been 4in samsung phones way before the ifone 5. the og galaxy s was 4ins 2yrs ago.

      not sure if trolling or actually retarded

  • http://twitter.com/voodoowhodo Wil-Roy Dilao

    Folks the specs are awesome for a midrange phone. Sure it's not S3 level but once you get past the awful naming system that samsung used, this looks good especially if it's cheaper than the s2. But if it's not...

  • Radukio Fadukio

    Seems rather similar to the Nexus S in screen size, overall shape and other specs. :-T

  • jamaall

    The way Motorola classified a "mid-ranged phone" makes this look like low-end crap. This thing should be free, if Motorola's Razr M is $100 (only $50 on amazon).

    Compare it!
    S III Mini VS Droid Razr M4" WVGA Super AMOLED Display 233ppi 4.3" Color-Boost 960x540 256 ppi1GHz dual-core processor 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S41GB RAM 1 GB RAM5MP rear shooter 8 MP rear shooter, 0.3 MP Front16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot 8 GB built in, microSD card slotNFC NFC1,500mAh battery 2,000 mAh battery, smart actionsAndroid 4.1 Android 4.0.4 with 4.1 very soonS-Beam Water repellent, built strong

    Why buy the S III Mini when you can get a phone with a better screen, Snapdragon S4, 8 MP Camera, and a big 2,000 mAh battery with smart actions? Not to mention it may be the same size as the Razr M even though the Razr M's screen is bigger.

    • jamaall

      well, that didn't come out the way I thought it would haha. Anyway first is S III Mine, second is the Razr M.

    • Freak4Dell

      If the spec list on GSMArena is to be believed, the SIII Mini is wider and thicker than the M, even though it has a smaller screen. It's a little bit shorter, but that's the dimension that nobody is really concerned about.

  • PINJ

    Too Pricey

  • Freak4Dell

    Yeah, no thanks. This just made me want the RAZR M or RAZR i even more. Nice try, Samsung, but this is pathetic.

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