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Samsung Introduces Galaxy S III mini, a Compact yet Powerful Smartphone

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Posted by tranced
SEOUL, Korea - October 11, 2012 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the GALAXY S III mini, 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. It can be an optimal choice for consumers who are looking for more practical smartphones.

“The GALAXY S III introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world. We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the GALAXY S III mini in a more compact form,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs.”

The GALAXY S III mini is powered by Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. Jelly Bean has fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search™ experience featuring Google Now™, which brings you just the right information, before you even ask.

Stylish and compact, the GALAXY S III mini shares the GALAXY S III’s breakthrough design and simple elegance. Its ultra-minimal curved frame delivers a rich natural feel, which is also reflected on its nature-inspired home screen, wallpapers and ringtones. Its beautiful 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display offers a generous viewing experience that lets you view multimedia and Web content in brilliant color and clarity. Its compact size gives users a comfortable grip and allows a convenient one-hand operation.

The GALAXY S III mini is packed with intelligent technology designed to make interacting with the phone incredibly natural and intuitive. S Voice, Samsung’s advanced natural language recognition software, lets you use your voice to unlock the phone with simple customized commands, or to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, organize your schedule, or automatically launch the camera and start taking photos.

The GALAXY S III mini also understands your gestures to make using your phone easier and more natural: With Smart Stay, the phone’s camera tracks your eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as you are looking at it. When reading a text message from a friend, Direct Call enables you to automatically dial a call simply by lifting the phone to your ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts you to missed calls or messages as soon as you pick up your phone.

Content sharing is easy and fast on the GALAXY S III mini: Its S Beam feature lets you share a 10MB music file in just two seconds by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device including GALAXY S III or GALAXY Note II, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The ‘Buddy photo share’ function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.

HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED

Dual Core 1GHz

Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)

5MP AF + LED Flash / VGA Front

H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1,
SorensonSpark, WMV7, WMV8
Recording/ Playback : 720p

WMA, OGG(Vorbis), FLAC

Additional Features
Game/Video/ Readers/Music Hub
Kies, KiesAir
FM Radio (RDS)

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

WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)

Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro

8/16GB ROM+ 8Gb RAM,
microSDup to 32GB

121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm, 111.5 g

1,500 mAh


[ This Message was edited by: tranced on 2012-10-11 20:54 ]

Posted by chunkybeats
I dont like it, if they just kept the 8MP snapper the same as the S3 then this would of been a good buy!!

Posted by Bonovox
Same bland design too come on Sammy get some imagination into your designs. Another pentile display so I read. What's the processor??

Material things don't matter,but Rock n Roll does!!!!

Nokia Lumia 800 White
[ This Message was edited by: Bonovox on 2012-10-12 00:07 ]

Posted by laffen
1GHz dual-core.

Some might buy this because of the name claiming that I have a Galaxy S III, and then forget to mention that it is a Mini. Samsung is a strong brand name. So is Galaxy. And everyone is now talking about the Galaxy S III which might lure some consumers to think that this is Galaxy S III in a smaller package.

Posted by jplacson
Let the phallic screen wars begin!

By calling this a "Mini" Samsung is essentially talking down to the iPhone 5 (and not intentionally, other sub 4.8" phones) to being "not normal sized phones". Hahahaha!

Soon they will relaunch the Galaxy Tab 10 as the Galaxy S20, and the Galaxy Tab 7 as the Galaxy S20 Mini.

Posted by rikken
A preview here : http://www.gsmarena.com/samsu[....]laxy_s_iii_mini-review-829.php

I actually like it, a phone for the masses which can't afford the S III

Posted by Tsepz_GP

On 2012-10-12 03:29:29, laffen wrote:
1GHz dual-core.

Some might buy this because of the name claiming that I have a Galaxy S III, and then forget to mention that it is a Mini. Samsung is a strong brand name. So is Galaxy. And everyone is now talking about the Galaxy S III which might lure some consumers to think that this is Galaxy S III in a smaller package.

+1 Exactly.
Plus the specs arent bad for a mid end phone, its almost a GS2 actually.

A very smart move by Samsung here, this could steal quite a few potential iPhone5 customers, who were put off by GS3's size, in the long run, this could eat away at iPhone sales if Samsung market it the correct way.

Posted by tranced
This mini is what the X10 Mini Pro should have been to X10.

This phone is not the best, but it includes a lot of features its big brother do. And that makes it a decent phone. One thing missing is the 850 3G band. Not a big deal for me though.

Samsung wants to take the most out of the SIII and that's why I think they announced this phone. It has a lot of potential yet.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Exactly tranced!
SE had a great idea with the whole X10, X10mini and X10MP, but execution was poor.
Sony must bring that back.
Have a top Xperia Model with 4.8inch HD display, S4 Pro CPU, 13MP Camera, 2GB RAM, 32GB built-in mem with expansion etc...
Then have a mini version with 4.0inch FWVGA display, S4 Krait CPU, 8MP Cam and 1GB RAM and maybe a QWERTY version with a 3.7inch FWVGA display, same CPU, Camera and RAM as the Mini, and then a low end model with 3.5inch FWVGA display, 1GB RAM, NovaThor CPU, 3-5Mp Camera etc...

maybe im getting a little carried away.

Posted by hihihans
a 4inch mini ridiculous

Posted by tranced
@hihihans: It's not. You gotta see it compared to its big brother. It's smaller. It makes it 'mini'.

@Tsepz_GP: you got way carried away.

Posted by Tsepz_GP
yep, gone are the days of 2.6-3.5inch screens, lol! It is quite ridiculous, as just a year ago, a phone with a 4inch display was seen as large, even my mates who mostly have BlackBerrys make fun of both my X10 and GS2, they don't call my phones phones, they call them TVs they are going to flip when they see this, lol. So, we are now at a point where mid ends are between 4-4.5inch, low ends are around 3.5-3.7inch and high end is 4.6-5.5inch.

Posted by Bonovox
I know its 1 GHz dual core but what type?? Is it Exynos??

Posted by Tsepz_GP
Its the ST-Ericsson NovaThor.

Posted by Bonovox
Ok that's a pretty decent one then

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