11
Oct
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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.

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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
  • NFC
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.1
  • HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

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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.

Source: Samsung

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  • Sven Enterlein

    I don't see this as a star in the Galaxy family :-|

    • ugh

      Ugh

  • http://twitter.com/Parad1s3 Paradise

    They should call it Lite not Mini.

    • Seanzky

      'Mini' with a 4" screen is just reiterate "The Next Big Thing" and make Apple feel bad that their brand new 4" iPhone 5 is a just a "mini" phone for Samsung.

      • Seanzky

        just to reiterate*

  • bauh

    So.. is this better than the Galaxy Ace 2, S Plus, S Advance or Ace Plus?

    • PINJ

      Not Necessarily Better Than The Galaxy S Advance. The Galaxy Ace 2 Is Actually Quite Fast In Them Benchmarks But I';d Say Feature Wise Its Better Than Them Yeah.

    • gusthy

      There is minimal difference between Advance and this. It has more RAM, and comes with JB, while Advance will get it a bit later. Otherwise almost the same phone.

  • Greyhame

    I wonder what brand of CPU it has. I don't see this beating out the RAZR M. If only Moto could launch across all carriers...

    • fixxmyhead

      yuck moto

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

      NovaThor U8420 according to GSMArena and it appears to be a variant of the U8500 which was used in Galaxy S Advance and Xperia U/P. They have a preview of the S III Mini's benchmarks if you're interested.

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

    Why didn't they just repackage the S II's hardware into the S III Mini's body? The only thing the S III Mini would do better than the S II would be location services (with GLONASS), Jelly Bean out of the box, S Beam (and that's debatable), and the latest TouchWiz. Sure they need to establish the Galaxy S III's identity across the line but they could have done that with the S II's hardware, provide the same updates to existing S II users (including the new TW layer) and the new S III Mini's users and they could even update both phones at the same time to Android 4.2.

    • hot_spare

      At 249 (contract-free) price point what better can you get?? I am sure "normal" GS3 is still around 500 in Europe. Point here is simple - they wanted a cheap phone at 4-inch range. It's not competing with iPhone 5. It's against iPhone 4 / 3GS. It got the publicity just because it has the S3-mini tag.

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

        Last year's 16GB SII is still selling quite well at £269 with much better hardware where it matters (processor, screen, storage). The reason I said they could've just used the hardware from the SII, cut some corners in storage and screen technology is because it would have made updating their previous flagship easier. It's the same scheme Sony employed with the Xperia U/P/Sola where the hardware is similar enough that the update schedule between each device isn't that far apart from each other. The SII with ICS performs much better on most benchmarks than this one so it's a misnomer to call this the SIII Mini given that it's not even as good as their flagship last year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1660901409 Steve Coller

    Not sure what the purpose of this phone is. It seems a real downgrade to everything else out there.

    • Mapplegate

      This phone is aimed at the iPhone user demographic. People that are either uninterested in larger size phones, or focus more on hype and brand recognition than specs and features. The Samsung Galaxy S III name is huge right now, and while this phone is completely unrelated, it will probably sell on the merit of the name alone. While the rest of us power users ignore it completely.

      • CJ Walker

        This

        With all the Samsung v Apple press that's been out lately this phone just looks like a crack at those iPhone users who don't see the 5 as a worthy upgrade. So appeal to those who prefer the small traditional iPhone form factor and Samsung might steal a a few customers over.

        • Seanzky

          Exactly!

          • Knlegend1

            I disagree because the S3 is a competitor of the iphone 5. This Mini should've been a alternative to the S3 and not some watered down PoS. i hate all things apple but I would get that phone over this Mini.

    • PINJ

      Its Samsung. A Phone For Every Sector.

      • Tee

        That's another iPhone copy. A copy of 3GS this time. A bit bigger, but the side profile is an exact duplicate.

  • Mark

    The only 'good' dual core out there is Qualcomm's S4, like in the U.S AT&T version of the Galaxy S III. Hopefully it has that. But the U.S version also has 2gb of RAM to compensate. But the Dual Core S4 can hold its own against a lot of Quad Core's.

  • btod

    This is a failed opportunity for Samsung. They really had the potential to go after the people that wanted a galaxy S3 but thought the screen was too big.

    • PINJ

      [Or Rather Who Didnt Have The Money]

  • guyfromtrinidad

    Samsung has been very clear about a few things, first off their competitor to the iphone 5 is the Galaxy s3 and they are not going to compromise on putting out another phone to compete with their hit phone just to push back on the iphone. Secondly they have said this phone is primarily for European customers. Also this phone will be a hit in India, Latin America and the Caribbean where LTE is not available but who have been lusting after the S3. I know in my country this phone will sell well. The whole creating "an iphone alternative" was created and pushed by the tech media and excited sammy fans. I dare anyone to find me a quote from Samsung saying that they were going to use this phone to compete against the iphone 5. On the diluting the Galaxy S3 branding, I'm on the fence with that one. From early reports jelly bean works really well on this phone and the improvements of "butter" has made it smooth. They have also implemented some of the features of the note 2 like the multiscreen. The biggest complaints might be about the camera but persons who pick up this phone as their first smartphone are not going to be bothered.

    • Knlegend1

      I think they should've made it more competitive to the SGS3 just like the Razr M is to the HD versions. I think making this phone with those specs are a bad decision. I think a lot of people like the GS3 but find it too large. Samsung missed an opportunity to cater to those wanting this phone with the Mini in my opinion not making it as good as the S3.

  • Freak4Dell

    Just as I suspected. Samsung, if you're wondering where my money is, check Motorola's bank account.

  • PINJ

    What Unnamed Processor... Its A S4 Lite, Dual S1 Equivalents Plus Overclocked A200 In The Form Of A203

    • PINJ

      For Thew US Version. The International Version Has A Dual A9 + Single SGX540.

  • http://twitter.com/SuperHutagalung Parulian Hutagalung

    less specs. it's bad.

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