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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Specs and Pictures Leaked Ahead of Tomorrow’s Announcement

Tomorrow was rumored to be the date set by Samsung to announce the the Galaxy S3 Mini. Someone probably should have reminded JK Shin, their head of Mobile Communications, who has gone ahead and confirmed ahead of time that the device will in fact be unveiled in Germany, tomorrow. Thanks, JK. Now that the device is confirmed, it seems that the “leak cup” shall runneth over and there are now official specs and images out for the device. 


  • 4″ WVGA Super AMOLED Display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • NFC
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.1

This reminds me of the Nexus S right from the looks, but with updated hardware. It has the 4″ display, Jelly Bean, 5MP camera, NFC, and only a 1GHz dual-core chip. They’re decent specs, but definitely not “top tier” by Android’s standards. Clearly, this is Samsung trying to gobble up the mid-tier market, just as they have the “top tier.” After tomorrow’s press event, we should have availability for the device along with pricing.

Any guesses on if it’s coming to the States or not?

Via: Mobile Geeks | SamMobile

  • ABerry5

    interesting to see the market change, and the complaining going with it.. being on these threads since launch I can scientifically say there would much more complaining were the software not jellybean vs the very slight hardware spec drop.. so i consider this a win for samsung

  • Asmodai

    A shame, 8MP camera and qHD display would have been worthy of the name, not this.

  • I don’t understand why this makes people mad? It is not being advertised as the next Android beast. Some people simply can not afford the higher end phones but it does’nt mean they should’nt have the oppourtunity to own a decent phone. I love Android and it’s community but some of you people need to get a grip.

  • Tyler Chappell

    I think this device would be more deserving of its name if it had at least a 1.2GHz S4 and a 1700mAh battery in the least. Oh well, at least it will run Jelly Bean despite its specs, unlike the Acer A100 and A500.

  • Jose

    How does this relate to the regular SIII? Is this just a different phone with SIII slapped on it?

  • Looks like the Samsung Stratosphere II without the keyboard. Which is pretty dumb because that phone is supposed to be out by now.

  • J Dub

    How is this a SGS3 mini? It doesn’t have the same specs as the S3. It’s a completely different phone. Properly it should have the same specs with just a smaller screen.

  • Kerry Davies

    This would have been cool if the phone had the same hardware as the original GS3

  • Knlegend1

    Absolutely not. Did they not see the Razr M.

  • carlisimo

    Two thoughts: “Galaxy S” should be reserved for their highest-spec devices, and some of us want small but high-end phones.

  • lye

    Will this work on LTE networks? I’m in Berlin and would like to buy it, but only if I can bring it back and put it on a US LTE network.

  • This looks like a cheap attempt to capitalize on the branding and previous sales of the SIII. Sadly, the specs don’t even match that of the GSII, nor the Galaxy Nexus (1.2 Ghz OMAP4, 720p screen, 1750 mAh battery) contrary to what the article states. One of the only things that Samsung got right was making a cross-carrier, high-end flagship device that didn’t have 1000 variations. They are taking a step backwards with this device. Should have named it the Galaxy U (a la Ace, R, HD. etc..) like their other half-ass Galaxies. Naming this an SIII will inevitably come back to bite them in the ass. Oh well their time as king of the android hill was coming to an end soon enough.

  • hokieputter

    Personally, I’d like to see more high end phones come in this smaller form factor. 4″-4.3″ screens. I wish they would just pack the same top notch HW into a smaller package. I don’t buy a smaller phone because I’m looking for a mid range device. I buy it for it’s size. I want the top notch HW in a smaller package. Kind of like the Razr M, which I recently purchased. But it’s not “perfect” in my eyes. Wish the bootloader was unlockable. Plus some other tweaks..

    I’m really looking forward to see what comes next in this size phone. Maybe a Razr Nexus MAXX HD Mini??? I would like to think there are many others out there that share this same viewpoint and would be all over high end, “small” devices.

  • Guest

    Personally, I’d like to see more high end phones come in this smaller form factor. 4″-4.3″ screens. I wish they would just pack the same top notch HW into a smaller package. I don’t buy a smaller phone because I’m looking for a mid range device. I buy it for it’s size. I want the top notch HW in a smaller package. Kind of like the Razr M, which I recently purchased. But it’s still not “perfect” in my eyes. Wish the bootloader was unlockable. Plus some other tweaks..

    I’m really looking forward to see what comes next in this size phone. Maybe a Razr Nexus MAXX HD Mini??? I would like to think there are many others out there that share this same viewpoint and would be all over high end, “small” devices.

  • Diablo81588

    Really Samsung? I get the screen size at 4 inches, but did you really have to water down the specs?? There are some people that want a high end phone with a reasonable screen size!

  • fiveHellions

    iphone user: What phone is that?
    android user: The new S3 mini by samsung
    iphone user: mini?
    android user: yup
    iphone user: but its bigger than my iphone 5 that was touting its cool new feature of a BIGGER screen

  • Sporttster

    Why on earth would anyone need a ‘mini’ S3? There’s just too many phones out there. The Razr is a good example. Good grief! Razr…Razrmaxx…RazrM….Razri?…..RazrHD….RazrHDmaxx…who knows what else Razr…..crazy!!!

    • Diablo81588

      What else Galaxy?! You comment is useless. There are more Galaxy phones than RAZR phones. The RAZR and RAZR MAXX will be replaced by the HDs.

    • Matthew Merrick

      don’t forget the razr v

  • Crap! Rounded corners again!!! Why can’t they make a big fat brick w/ sharp corners? 🙂

    No LTE rumor / 1500ma Battery might go hand in hand.

    Is there a support group for me?
    Hi My name is Ryan and have a Razr Maxx. I am jealous of the original Galaxy S3… I’m most envious of the NFC media transfer. 🙂

  • CR

    The only thing I don’t like about it is that it has Jelly Bean before the original SIII does. Otherwise, I probably would have grabbed this a few months ago (but now I’m used to the larger screen)

    • Matthew Merrick

      the internatinoal version of the S3 already has jellybean, and this is being released as an nnternational device. so…..

  • Daniel Maginnis

    They should have at least matched specs of the RAZR m. Also ohnooooez apple already claimed the word mini on all things electronic! Lawsuit up.

  • TheZilch

    Soooo… the reg. S3 is getting Jelly bean tomorrow!? ….please

  • My s3 dwarfs this phone.

    • That’s the idea….

  • reyalP

    Looks good as long as it dosen’t have the narrow and tall screen like the iphone 5. That thing just looks odd!

  • Boblank84

    i think its a jab at apple calling the 4″ screen mini.

    • ddevito

      Why, did Apple invent the word? What would YOU call it?

      • I think the point was that if the GS3 Mini == iPhone 5, then the iPhone is mini, dinky, girlie, etc.

        Ugh, did I just explain this?

      • Samsung: Apple, your new, bigger, magical 4″ screen is mini size for us…

    • mustbepbs

      No, it’s a miniature sized Galaxy S3.

  • Paul

    I hope this phone is free with contract…

  • Aardvark99

    I’m sure lot’s of people will be “tricked” into buy this on the good reputation and marketing of the S3. Of course most people may not even notice the difference or care – which is why they do this.

  • ddevito

    Why are Android fans all crazed up and nuts today? Why is it so inconceivable for a company to market a product at lower markets?

    Galaxy S3 Mini and a 8GB LG Nexus and all hell breaks loose. Seriously folks get a grip. There are people in this world that want to spend less money on phones than we do. Yes, sorry to break it to you, but it’s possible.

    We are the 1% in Android’s dominant market share. Get over it.

    • Paul

      I understand that some people want a smaller or cheaper phone, but there are phones that are free or next to nothing on contract that have better specs – including the camera which most people do notice…

      • ddevito

        We’ll see how much it costs before we bash it. I’m not defending Samsung by any means just sayin there’s research put into these things before they’re made.

    • zionlion

      This. ^. I think this is a good phone. Because it’s a massive improvement over the phones people in this price point and market segment currently have. Honestly, my mom loves her little android phone, and it’s a crappy sprint version of the old LG optimus. But it blew her mind because she came from a flip phone. This would further blow her mind comparatively I want her to upgrade in the next few months when she can, but it would be ridiculous for her to go to an SIII. I think this phone would be PERFECT. People in those segments upgrade slowly and in smaller increments. They don’t do upgrades like we (the 1%) do. This is just one step in getting people to a more premium phone, slowly, which then can allow them to jump up even further the next time. Smart phones are still wicked expensive plan wise. It wa a big deal for my parents to tack on 30 bucks a month. They can’t spend 300 on the phone.

    • michael arazan

      Because lower storage makes you stream a lot more, and with Verizon and ATT tiered data plans, it is going to cost more money to stream stuff than store it. Streaming music over Gplay can eat a lot of data istead of just keeping it on your phone. Not to mention HD videos your camera takes eats a crapload of memory, over a GB for 10 minutes of hd video. Not to mention streaming videos on your browser, youtube, and those who watch movies and tv shows and plug it in to their tv sets with an hmi to hdmi adapter.
      Data is getting more expensive for those without unlimited and less storage is costing more to people who are going to have to stream everything instead of storing it.

    • lye

      I agree, I just like the size of the phone. I’m glad something appealing is coming out at the 4″ish size, that’s not the RAZR M finally. So much so that if this has an LTE radio in it I’m buying it and changing carriers in the US.

  • Notbuyingit

    Your image ads are annoying!

    • I almost turned off AdBlock for Chrome to see what you were talking about…then I though naaaaahhhh 🙂

      • Aardvark99

        I just did, wow, this is what the site looks like normally? A popup over the article picture?? Yuck. Wait, I mean: COOL!! “Arrow” is on tonight! Better hurry home after buying iPhone 5 accessories at The Shack (adding a reminder in Outlook/Exchange online)!

      • fixxmyhead

        im gonna turn it off to see what all the fuss is about since there so much talk lately. people why do u guys just install adblock its so easy.

        ah now i see what everyone is talking about. damn that is very intrusive but on the other hand thanks for the tip on saving up to 25$ at universal studios

  • While this might come to the States I saw a post that said there would not be LTE support, which would preclude AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint. Not sure how that really plays then.

  • Jason Jackson

    I’m still waiting for other next big thing. Not the mini thing.

    • I am waiting to see how the LG Optimus G hits, or more specifically which carriers take it. I really hope Verizon does.

  • Looks like a bump down of my S3 for people who don’t need crazy power. Looks like my GF has found a winner.

  • Why???? … WHY a 5MP camera..????

  • Bewara2009

    Who ever gets this will complain about the battery no s

  • Andrew Remmers

    Samsung the biggest trolls on the Market 🙂

  • Mr Waldo

    I don’t understand this phone. The razr M is better than this and its been out for weeks…

    • r0lct

      Assuming it is released at $100 yo are correct. If it is $0 or $50, then it’s a different story.

      • kixofmyg0t

        Even then it’s a bag of fail. You can get the M for $50 off Amazon.

        • r0lct

          But then you could potentially get the mini for free. Some people don’t want to pay for a phone.
          Personally I would opt for the M if I had to choose between the two. But just saying price point is an important driver.

    • Daistaar

      Yeah but the RAZR M can’t do beam, and eye scanning and all of the Samsung GS3 things like the Mini should be able to do… How could I forget S VOICE!!!


  • Bewara2009

    Will people actually get this over the monster S3?

    • truename

      No doubt. The S3 is good but too big for many. Choice is good.

  • MC

    I really like the idea of offering smaller screen versions of phones. I understand the need to cut the specs a bit to fit the casing but with the trend of phones getting bigger and bigger I don’t know that my pocket can keep up.

    • Paul

      I do too, but this should have been like the razr m and had mostly the same specs as the GS3 with a smaller size. Especially considering the specs of the GS3 are going to be looked at as a low to mid range phone soon.

    • MrChips

      They’re not cutting the specs to fit the casing, they’re cutting the specs to fit a price-point. Everything I see from the leak points to the conclusion that this phone is deliberately targeted at the lower-middle tier phone buyer who want’s to be able to say “I’m cool because I have an SG3 too!!!”. At this point it’s all about branding, not specs, for 90% of phone buyers out there. Joe phone buyer tends to associate with branding in the same way that tech-geeks associate with operating systems.

  • Jason Jackson

    This product is gonna sell regardless. This phone was made for people who was complaining about the big screen on the SG3

    • muffnman

      …who won’t see what all the fuss was about because it has been nerfed on specs….

    • yeah i just got the S 3 and at first i wasnt sure if i like the big screen.. coming a D.INC.. but i like it now..

  • muffnman

    I don’t know why they’re going to go about diluting their good name after working so hard to come out with a stand-out flagship device that has gained worldwide notoriety. Seems like a step backward in the long run to make a quick buck now.

    • r0lct

      I don’t think 3 models a year is too much. It covers most of the consumer base by offering a Galaxy S mini, Galaxy S and Galaxy S XL (Note). I guess they could have used another name for the mini, but then that’s another brand to foster.

      Edit: And as important hitting different price points: $100, $200 and $250/300 on contract. Batter to have the SG3 mini against the iPhone 4S at $100 than a really old SG2 which not every carrier has.

    • duke69111

      I had the same thought. Why make a lesser version of a great phone that some slightly less intelligent people will mistake for the actual GS3.

      • ddevito

        Because it’s going to be cheaper and be targeted at mid-level and lower markets – people who are willing to spend, say, $100 for a phone rather than $200+.

        • duke69111

          My point was why tarnish your top tier phone with a dumbed downed version of the phone and call it the same thing with just mini at the end. With all the hype and praise that the S3 has received, it could hurt the S3’s image, if people are complaining that the S3 mini sucks, because it has the dumbed down specs. Why not just call it something else. That’s just my opinion.

          • Esteban_Colberto

            Well, they had the option to call the stateside SIII something else too because it didn’t have the quad-core exynos on LTE. That was a bit of a letdown honestly, but it hasn’t hampered the useability of the phone. I have no real comparison or live experience with the quadcore, but I don’t hear anyone saying it’s less of a phone because of it. The Dual-core S3 has been praised as one of the best Android phones out there ( I have it and I consider it that as well). I would guess that anyone that “likes” the android experience on the Touchwiz phones of this series is really going to like this phone and Samsung is betting on that too. This phone is for your girlfriend or your mom. They don’t tend to worry about locked bootloaders or running the coolest bleeding edge roms (ha). It’s going to to be one of the best mid-tier devices out there or Samsung wouldn’t bother putting it out. Nike kicks out $300 dollar shoes and $40 shoes, but they all have the Nike brand name on them.