Samsung exec confirms Galaxy S3 'mini' is on the way

Samsung has confirmed that it will unveil a smaller version of the popular Galaxy S3 smartphone on 11 October, US time.

(Credit: CBSi)

Speaking to the Korean media overnight, Samsung mobile chief JK Shin said that Samsung will lift the lid on a 4-inch version of the Android-powered smartphone, a week after the smartphone maker sent out invitations to a launch event.

Hinting at the device's name, Shin said: "There's a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some may call it an entry-level device, but we call it 'mini'."

Shin did not reveal any additional details of the device — such as pricing and availability — ahead of the launch, however. According to The Verge, the downsized Galaxy S3 will not be an entry-level device, suggesting that it will pack the very same features as its larger, 4.8-inch sibling.

According to German technology site MobileGeeks, meanwhile, the mini smartphone will have a screen resolution of 800x480 pixels, along with a rear 5-megapixel camera. It is believed that a 1GHz dual-core STE U8420 chip will power the Galaxy S3 mini, and feature 16GB of flash memory with an expandable microSD card.

The battery is understood to be at 1500 mAh, a lower specification than that of the larger model, but is offset by the smaller processor and less battery-intensive display. The German technology site also claimed that the smaller Samsung smartphone will include the latest version (4.1) of Android, nicknamed Jelly Bean.

AppleInsider argued that the new Galaxy S3 mini "falls well short" of the iPhone 5, based on the specifications. The iPhone 5 boasts a resolution of 1136x640 pixels and an 8-megapixel rear camera.

However, the Galaxy S3 mini may outshine the iPhone 5 in some areas, with rumoured near-field communication (NFC) capability for contactless payments.

Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S3 smartphone in the first 100 days after its launch, and had notched up double the sales of its Galaxy S2 predecessor after five months.


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Brendamnit posted a comment   

Why downsize it to a still respectable 4 inch screen but also downsize the rest of the hardware so much? Let's be honest, NFC isn't going to take off unless a) apple do it, or b) everyone does it with support from developers and more.

If Samsung want to directly compete with the iPhone 5 with this phone, wouldn't they release a phone than can ACTUALLY compete with it? We're talking battery, storage, RAM, processor, screen and camera. By releasing a phone with midrange specs in the same size as an iphone, they're basically asking for defeat. Especially considering the Galaxy S3 (4G and 3G) are well priced on contracts, why release a cheaper and inferior option again?


Maverick_John posted a reply   

Because Samsung is stupid.
They are getting too cocky and think they can get away with brand recognition, they probably can but they are still stupid.


Will1505 posted a reply   

If they made a s3 with just a smaller screen, it would only be $30-50 cheaper, what would be the point?


trebor83 posted a reply   

Maybe 'the point' wouldn't be to create a cheaper entry level device, but a smaller high end model for those that think a 4.8 inch screen is stupid


trebor83 posted a reply   

Not to mention that by my count Samsung have released 9 phones this year that are to all intents and purposes the same as this except that they didn't have the s3 branding.

There isn't a need for them to bring another low end 4 inch phone to the market. There could have been a market for a 4 inch device with a qHD screen and say a 1.5GHz dual core S4 that could have stolen users from the iPhone. This thing achieves nothing but diluting the Galaxy S3 brand


trebor83 posted a comment   

I really hope The verge is right and this is just a downsized S3, combine that with a qHD resolution rather then WVGA on the 4 inch screen and they might just about tempt me.

Though that would raise the intriguing idea of a Nexus Mini.


Joseph Hanlon posted a reply   

Yeah, if the rumours are true about several Nexus phones this time round, I wonder whether we'll see different form factors, and not just the 'big' models from the different OEMs

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