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It's been rumored and leaked, but now it's official -- Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S3 Mini (Galaxy S III Mini), a device that shares its software and chassis design with the Galaxy S3, and packs reasonably powerful mid-range internals. Described as a "compact version" of the S3, the Galaxy S3 Mini runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung's TouchWiz interface.

Key specs include a 1GHz dual-core CPU, a 4-inch WVGA (800x480) SuperAMOLED display and a 5MP rear camera, along with 8 or 16GB of internal storage and microSD support. That's a far cry from the beastly hardware inside the Galaxy S3, but if it's priced right, it could perform well in mid-range territory (incidentally, there's no official word on prices or availability yet). If nothing else, it's the first such device to ship with Jelly Bean, which is an important Android milestone.

Check past the break for more images, along with today's full press release and spec sheet.

 

SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE GALAXY S III MINI
Galaxy S III’s nature-inspired design and intuitive ease-of-use in one stylish, compact smartphone

October 11 2012, London, UK – Samsung Mobile UK has today unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, a compact version of the flagship smartphone, the 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.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The award winning Galaxy S III has been extremely well received globally since it launched earlier this year so we are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the same revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence in a mini version. We will continue to develop smartphones to cater for a variety of customer needs and this latest release demonstrates our ongoing commitment to offering our customers more choice at every price point.”

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, benefitting from fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search™ experience featuring Google Now™.

Stylish and compact, the Galaxy S III Mini shares the Galaxy S III’s breakthrough design and simple elegance. Its ultra-minimal curved frame creates a rich natural feel, which is also reflected by its nature-inspired home screen, wallpapers and ringtones. A beautiful 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display offers a generous viewing experience that means multimedia and Web content can be viewed in brilliant colour and clarity. The compact size of the Galaxy S III Mini offers customers a comfortable grip and 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, means your voice can be used to unlock the phone with simple customised commands. Your voice can also play a favourite song, turn the volume up or down, organise your daily schedule, or automatically launch the camera and start taking photos.

The Galaxy S III Mini also understands human gestures to make using the phone easier and more natural. With Smart Stay, the phone’s camera tracks a person’s eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as they are looking at it. When reading a text message from a friend or family member, Direct Call allows customers to automatically call that person simply from the motion of lifting the phone to their ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts people to missed calls or messages as soon as the phone is picked up.

Content sharing is easy and fast on the Galaxy S III Mini. Its S Beam feature allows a 10MB music file to be shared in just two seconds by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device, such as the 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 friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.

Galaxy S III Mini Specifications:

  • 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, microSDup to 32GB
  • DimensionL 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm, 111.5 g
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh

 

 

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Samsung announces Galaxy S3 Mini

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Why not keep the specs high and compete with the iPhone 5? This is not an S3. I don't care if it looks like one, this is more of a Samsung Fascinate.

I think so too. It will just dilute the Galaxy S3 name. A shame given how much recognition Samsung has achieved with the Galaxy S3. Very much everyone knows it.

Have you seen the sheer amount of handsets Samsung released under the Galaxy S2 moniker? there has to be over 20 variants of it, so this is nothing new for samsung.

Hell there's already 2 different versions of the S3, the international version that's the quad core one we're all familiar with and one for the us market which is a dual core variant.

Because they want to create cheaper model? I think the target here is Galaxy Ace users and that line stuck on GB... which is imo bad for Android over all :p

I don't agree with you. The message from Samsung is clear -- GS3 is the "flagship" phone. The brand-value is just too much to overcome. Customers identify GS3 as the premium phone from Samsung.

This is just a inexpensive phone with mediocre specs running JB and can be bought at 249 contract-free. We are having this debate only because the phone is called GS3-Mini. If the name was Galaxy S Advance or Ace Duos or S Turbo, will you be debating this topic? No -- it got the visibility because of the GS3 name tag. In essence, it will be fighting the battle with iPhone4, 3GS, Nokia 800, other entry level HTC/Moto/Nokia devices. That's what it will do and will sell more than everything. It will simply sell just beacuse of the brand value associated with GS3.
Will it affect GS3/iPhone5 sales? Definitely no. Those are 2 categories above this phone. Whoever is planning to buy GS3/iPhone5 will not even consider this phone.
GS3-Mini is entry level
GS2 is mid-range
GS3/Note2 is premium.

To all the haters n this and other sites: if this unspecified dual-core CPU is, say, a snapdragon S4, then it is in fact not a bad phone. Hell, even an omap 4 or exynos 4 dual would be better than most mid-to-low end devices on the market right now, many of which are still running snapdragon S2 cpus!

800x480!! What is this, 2010? Like you said, a nice competitor for the iP4. Clear money grab on Samsung's part. My OG Evo from June 2010 had these specs.

It's going to have to have a hell of a competitive price-tag if it's going to compete with the Razor-M @ $99 for the entry-mid level market. These specs don't seem to stack up well in comparison unless I'm missing something other than the standard wailing and gnashing of teeth whenever a Motorola product is brought up in terms of bootloaders, etc...

My thoughts exactly though I'm not sure I see that happening. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be surprised. Just not seeing that likely.

I thought the same thing, but staying with a 4 inch screen, it's actually not too easy to do better. The Incredible 4G is arguably better all around, but as it's only available on Verizon, it's not an option for a large percent of users.

I would agree that the specs are light, but honestly, it's still a more than capable phone and the one thing that surly justifies consideration (for people who want to stay with a 4 inch screen) is that it'll have a current OS. Yea, it might not be much more than a GS2, and honestly, it's basically an original Galaxy S with a second core. But even still this is more desirable than a phone that's limited to Gingerbread or ICS (officially).

I have to agree, and I really do not like moto for some reason, this is a turd and going with the razr M would be the better option. The screen on this is pretty substandard.

On the upside, it has some of the great TW features and could be decent for the "average user". For the 25% that care about the total package, not so much

No one who goes on android sites is in the target demo for this phone. It will compete with the casuals who buy iphones and prob go for 100 bucks, maybe 50 for some.

Then why should we be reading about this piece of **** on AC? And how is Samsung not embarrassed to announce this? They should have released it on the qt.

Weird they skimped out on the specs. I am glad they have something to offer though for those out there who hate how big devices are getting. I sometimes feel bad for girls (or boys with small hands) out there who look like they are struggling with their big galaxy s3.

But I guess this is good for Samsung in terms of $$$. The average person out there does not care or even fully understand the specs that we ooze over. Apple sells like a billion phones without hyping up numbers, and their loyal fans could care less.

It's the same screen that made Samsung screens so nice looking on the original Galaxy S line. The screen does not look bad but really to put in a phone and name it as the little brother/sister to the Galaxy S3 just seems really wrong. This phone needed to be a high spec smaller phone just like the RAZR M in my opinion. Instead they use a 2 year old technology screen that they certainly could have improved it by making it the AMOLED+ screen or bumping the resolution. Samsung really must have a warehouse full of these 4" screens that they keep putting in their entry level devices.

All in all nothing wrong with the phone, something like this would be plenty powerful for most peoples needs. Just don't like the use of the GS3 name at all. It's a pure marketing thing obviously.

I think Samsung knew exactly what they were doing. This is a slight mini version of SG2. Since the apple lawsuit, Samsung can't sell SG2 for $99, which would line up nicely with $199 of SG3 (compare pricing strategy of iphone4S and iphone5). Thus, they had to come up with a new skin in an old, existing product. If SG3 mini is priced at $99, it fills the void left by SG2.

Not to mention JB on Galaxy S2 is still a rumor in the fog, but for me as long it is ICS or beyond it'a good thing, because ICS is a huge berrier which Android need to cross to actually have any benefits from it.

The Galaxy Blaze has almost the exact same specs but the Blaze has a bigger 1.5GHz processor, and the Blaze is just a "Galaxy S".
This new phone should hardly be called a "Galaxy S3 mini".
Was hoping this was going to replace my Blaze, but after the specs, no.
And the Blaze can be found for free on contract already.

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Who cares what they call it? I want an Android LTE phone that fits comfortably in my pocket and in 1 hand, like the iPhone. All of the super specs don't matter to me because I don't perform those "productive activities" like playing games and watching videos, so the current specs are fine. Based on the size, LTE, NFC, and Jelly Bean, I'd jump on it if released in the U.S. before the Sony Xperia V.

Samsung are good in releasing phones, unlike the rest of the Android crowd -- and it shows in their earnings. However I personally would much rather wait for the Sony Xperia V, because I prefer a truly a high-end phone in a small package.

Is think the real point to be made here is that if this phone with these specs can launch and apparently with no problem run Jelly Bean. Why are other phones made by Motorola and others being given the boot?

This is the stupidest phone release ever hahahahah.. why not just get a DROID RAZR M its faster, better camera and screen. if this was 2 years ago it would be nice... its so stupid it makes me mad.

I would like to see Android (Samsung or maybe HTC) come out with a 4 inch phone with the same specs as in the powerful SGS3. This would give the customer who wants the smaller size phone but still wants to maintain the powerful specs something to pick from besides the I-Phone 5. I think that this size phone with the big specs would do a big hit on the sale of the I-Phone 5. It would do two things, sell many phones and also stifle the sale of the I-Phone 5. That would hit Apple where it hurts, in the pocket book.
Don't know why the phone manufacturers don't build a very high specked device, many Android customers have been calling for it for some time, I would buy one myself just to add to my large collection and I know many other people would as well. I put my sim card into my Nexus One every so often and you just can not beat the feel that phone has in your hand. That phone was so far ahead of it's time. Still love that phone, the shape, size and looks. If they took that exact same phone but made it into a 4 inch device with killer specs, keep the round home button as well, it would sell millions. Just my opinion.

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.