Samsung Launches Galaxy S III mini

The Galaxy S III mini from Samsung was finally unveiled on Thursday in an event in Germany.

Galaxy S III miniJK Shin, the president of Samsung IT division said in a statement that “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 Galazy S III mini in a more compact form.”

As predicted, the handset sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a depressing resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Although the device runs on Google’s latest OS Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, it still didn’t make the splash the flagship phone did.

Powered by 1 GHz chip, the device comes with 1GB of RAM and users can choose between 8GB storage and 16GB of storage both of which can be expanded to 32GB via microSD.

The smartphone features a 5MP camera and a VGA front facing lens, both being a notch down to what we hoped to get in the mini package.

Other than this, the phone has NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G…yep, no 4G.

IDC analyst Ramon Llamas finds the mini distinction for the smaller Galaxy S III “hilarious”, and I agree because “Since when is 4 inches mini?” he says. I would say equipping all that good stuff into a 3 inch device might qualify it to be called a mini device.

US launch of this phone is not clear and pricing has not been mentioned.

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