Samsung announces Galaxy S III Mini with smaller size and smaller specs

Samsung announces Galaxy S III Mini with smaller size and smaller specs

Summary: Samsung looks to be capitalizing on the success of the Galaxy S III by offering a smaller version, likely at a lower price point, for those who find the 4.8 inch display too large.

Samsung announces Galaxy S III Mini with smaller size and smaller specs

My T-Mobile SIM pretty much lives in my Samsung Galaxy S III and it is one of the best Android devices I have ever owned. I am considering the new Note II as an update for it, but for those looking for something even smaller Samsung announced the Galaxy S III Mini (Android Central post with press release and image gallery). The Galaxy S III Mini isn't just a smaller GSIII, it also has lower specs and will come at a lower price too.

Like the upcoming Galaxy Note II, the Mini has the same look and feel as the highly successful Galaxy S III. It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, something all of us current GSIII owners are anxiously waiting for, and Samsung's TouchWiz UI. Other specifications of the Mini, from the press release, include:

  • Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • Display: 4.0 WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Chipset: Dual Core 1GHz OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 5MP AF + 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
  • Additional Features: Game/Video/ Readers/Music Hub, Kies, KiesAir, FM Radio (RDS), TouchWiz, Google Mobile Services, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads,
  • Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40 GPS/GLONASS NFC Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro
  • Memory: 8/16GB ROM+ 8Gb RAM, microSD
  • Dimensions: 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm, 111.5 g
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh

It looks to be a very capable device and a 4 inch display is quite a bit more compact than the current 4.8 inch display GSIII. I prefer the GSIII because of the large display so am personally not interested in this device. If priced right though, it could be a great seller for Samsung and continue their dominance of the Android smartphone platform.

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  • With "Mini" suffix, Samsung again copies Apple

    Before Apple, "Mini" as TM was only used as standalone word -- as car "BMW Mini", for example. Apple made iPod mini, Mac mini and iPad mini. Samsung wants to copy that.
    • @DDERSSS

      The iPod mini is discontinued. Apple current makes an iPod Nano. The iPod mini was not a phone. Neither are any of the other products with the "mini" name. Moreover, I don't think Apple has dibs on the English language. How is Samsung copying Apple by using a word that aptly describes it's product? It's a smaller version of something it already makes.
      • @howah

        What you have just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone reading it is now dumber for having read it.
        • @howah

          (meant for DDERSSS - sorry for confusion)
          • That was funny

            Really; I appreciate that.
    • Apple invented the word mini

      True story.

      Samsung slavishly copying Apple again.

      Lawsuit to follow.
      • Ya.

        Stop sniffing the glue, please.
    • Mini Computers; ever hear of them?

      They came around before Apple was even born.

      But, since the word "mini" is, according to you, should be related to Apple products, then, mini computers of the past must've been invented by Apple, long before Apple even existed.

      But, I won't take anything away from Apple, and don't even mind them branding their gadgets with the "mini" prefix, or even the "maxi" suffix.

      Apple should go ahead and please everybody, by coming out with their MiniPads, and re-branding the iPads as MaxiPads. (Something tells me they'd get sued, but, they should try it).
    • Apple Products STINK

      COPIED APPLE????? The S2 had 4G and other feathers TWO YEARS before Apple's 2nd rate iPhone!

      The iPhone STILL won't let you use mini-SD cards or extra batteries...a very PRIMITIVE design.
      • Guess it doesn't take much to reel in a small minded hater

        It was an obvious troll post and being so blinded by your hatred for Apple he reeled you in hook, line and sinker.
    • BMW don't have...

      ...Mini, it's called a MINI. The car called Mini was a Rover (and before that BL and BMC) product and it was the Morris Mini-Minor version that popularised the name and created the brand.
      Lord Minty
      • Mini Cooper

        Austin made the Mini Cooper I believe.
        Made famous by the original Italian Job movie.
    • hMmm....

      But not a mini price - a maxi price!
      Oh get real with Samsung copying mini. I don't think Apple has the copyright on "mini" [although I'm sure their lawyers will check anyways or find a way!] Mr. Fanboi.
  • Apple "big screen" = GSIII "Mini"

    "Big Screen" iPhone 5 = 4" screen
    GSIII "MINI" = 4" screen

    Pretty sure Samsung announced the product for the sole purpose of cutting down the new iPhone. It got a laugh out of me!
    • But the phone is so...crappy

      I wouldn't be throwing this around with the big names. It is supposed to be a middle range phone, and in no way is supposed to compete with the S3, 5, and 920. Choosing between this and the Lumia 820 would be a better comparison (even though I'd give the edge to the 820)
      Fat Albert 1
    • But

      The original Samsung Galaxy S (S I) from 2 years ago had a 4" screen!

      So who is copying who exactly?

      And if anything with a dual core processor the SIII Mini is more like an SII Mini.
      Lord Minty
  • Only compelling to me if it's a Nexus device

    Having endured Samsung's lack of support on my Epic 4G (stuck on Gingerbread), I've made up my mind to only buy Google Nexus devices. I love Android, and a lot of that has to do with my life totally revolving around Google services, but the lack of updates is a show-stopper for me. Hence, I can only buy a Nexus device.
  • Less is less

    It would seem that Samsung just doesn't have the engineering chops to match iPhone5 in physical size. The iPhone5 is slightly taller, narrower and less than half as thick, yet is much faster, has a better display, better camera and most likely, better battery life. No wonder Samsung keeps putting out those big-ass 5" phones, it's the only way they can keep up.
    • Actually, from recent events, Apple has become a follower instead of

      the leader, with the S III beating the iPhone 5 in specs, three months before the iPhone 5 was released for sale, and other OEMs coming out with their own superior or matching the iPhone 5.

      Pertaining to the superior iPhone camera:

      Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Problem, Says You’re Holding It Wrong

      (Look it up!)

      BTW, "thin" isn't everything, and the new iPhone is "fugly", looking like a chocolate bar, except wrapped in a different color. Fact is that, they tried to come up with a bigger screen, but, they best they could do is to "elongate" what they had, which isn't really that pleasing to the eye, and not even good for most things that people do with a smartphone.
      • Sure

        Samsung is leading on stuffing me-to copy cat features into clumsy big-ass form factor phones, but fail miserably to keep up when engineering requires a device that actually fits in your hand. I and millions like me, want iPhone because its powerful AND fits in our pockets. Less is more unless you're a Samsung fan.