Aside from Apple, another company that commands great popularity within the smartphone industry is undoubtedly the South Korean company, Samsung. This year, Samsung released the latest iteration of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III which as expected, a great hit. The handset managed to sell an impressive 10 million units within the span of 55 days. In relation to Samsung's flagship smartphone product, there have been some buzzes and supposed leaks lately that the company will release a smaller, compact version of the Galaxy S III. Well, people can stop speculating regarding such rumors because a smaller Galaxy S III is a rumor no more. Samsung just officially announced the existence of GALAXY S III mini. More details after the jump.
During a press event which is held in Seoul, Samsung Electronics unveiled the GALAXY S III mini. Before the announcement, the media have learned that the device will have 4-inch display and nothing more besides that. As based on its namesake, the new smartphone is the "next big thing" wrapped in a smaller package. As described by the South Korean company, GALAXY S III mini is a "compact version of the flagship smartphone GALAXY S III. The GALAXY S III mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the GALAXY S III to an elegant, compact smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen." What about the specifications of this new handset?
GALAXY S III mini Specifications:
- 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED capable of displaying 800 × 480 resolution
- Dual Core 1GHz
- Powered by Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- 5MP AF Camera ? LED Flash / VGA Front
- Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, SorensonSpark, WMV7, WMV8, Recording / Playback : 720p
- Audio: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC / AAC?/eAAC?, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC
As you can see, the GALAXY S III mini is not exactly a downsized version of Samsung's flagship device with all the high-end specs intact, so try not to confuse yourself. It may bear the GALAXY S label, but in terms of technical specifications, it is more on par with mid-range handsets found in the market. As far as form factor go, the little guy really looks like a miniature version of GALAXY S III as it is housed in a sleek minimal curved frame.
One of the most notable downgrades is the mini's processing power. Instead of the quad-core EXYNOS chip, it packs a 1GHZ dual-core proc. A 1GB RAM and an NFC chip are included as well. As for the camera, it has a 5-megapixel back (720p capable), and a VGA front-facing camera for video chats. Most notably, it lacks LTE connectivity which can be quite a deal breaker for some people. The Galaxy S III mini will be sold in two storage configurations, 8GB and 16GB. Both should be plenty enough for the most basic usage. However if you feel that the memory capacity just won't cut it, you can use a microSD up to 32GB to expand storage.
Based on the specifications, GALAXY S III mini has all the makings of a mid-range phone, despite having the GALAXY S branding. The only thing which is identical to its larger counterpart is the form factor and design. All things considered, the Galaxy S III mini looks to be a fairly decent mid-range device although people may confuse it for its high-end sibling.
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