We were expecting this, but today Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy S III Mini, though, as Cameron pointed out yesterday, this isn't the same beast of a phone in a tinier display. Packing an unnamed dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, an 800x480 Super AMOLED display, and a 5MP rear shooter, this device is designed to fit in a mid-range slot on carriers' lineups.
Here's a full spec list:
- 4" WVGA Super AMOLED Display
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 5MP rear shooter
- 8 or 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
- 1,500mAh battery
- Android 4.1
- HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Samsung hasn't shared any details on pricing or availability yet. Presumably, the company would want to get it on as many carriers as possible under the same brand, similar to how they did with the Galaxy S III. Until we actually see it manifest, though, anything could happen. This could be a great test of Samsung's market power. If the manufacturer can get all four of the major US carriers to agree to carry the Mini as well as the main S III, it could speak volumes to how much they respect Sammy's brand. That being said, today's spec list only includes GSM-based radios, implying an international launch first.
Update: Clove UK put up a pre-order page for the 8GB version in Blue and White for £249 (£298.80 inc.VAT). There is no word on availability from them just yet either.