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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy SIII Mini, Mid-Range Device Domination to Commence

This morning, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S3 Mini in Germany. The device, much like its big brother incorporates the same “Inspired by Nature” design, but in a smaller package. It features a 4″ 800×480 Super AMOLED display, 5MP camera, 1GHz dual-core chip, and 1GB of RAM. It’s nothing to scoff at, but this device is not being  pushed as a super device. 

More than likely this device will look to take over the mid-range mobile space by taking on Motorola’s RAZR M and other similar devices. The device’s availability and pricing is still unknown, but the version unveiled comes with HSPA radios. No word yet on any CDMA or LTE compatibility.

Samsung Introduces GALAXY S III mini, a compact yet powerful smartphone

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

SEOUL, Korea – October 12, 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.

  • wmac

    It is basically a “Galaxy Ace 3” because its features of incremental to Ace 2.

  • hokieputter

    i’m sure this phone will sell, assuming it’s marketed to the right people. however, i find this release to be pretty darn boring. was really hoping for more. we need OEMs to make high end 4″-4.3″ phones for those of us that do not want the 4.7″+ models. there is a market for smaller screen devices that are not littered with low to mid range internals. the Razr M is clearly the winner at this point. i bought one an am enjoying thus far. but always welcome competition. just i wish Moto/VZW would allow us to unlock the damn bootloader. haha…

  • mark

    Why not call it the Galaxy Mini.

  • PDub

    This couldn’t hold a candle to the RAZR M

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    This is a great phone option for some of the cheaper carriers like Cricket, Virgin, etc. Should be easy on the pocket to buy a decent device for the contract-free folks that pay out of pocket for their devices. I think it is a pretty smart move. Probably not designed to be a big hit with the “A” list carriers but this is a good offering for those “b” list folks.

  • Aaron

    It looks like a Nexus S

  • hardly a mid range dominate … with the 5MP camera..

    • Nathan Buth

      I don’t know what its pictures look like but it should be noted that megapixels is just the size of the pictures it can take, not the quality. Quality is determined by the actual camera sensor.

      • kixofmyg0t

        I agree with what you’re saying but the Galaxy Nexus’ camera wasn’t as good as most other 5MP cameras or even 8MP ones. The higher MP count sometimes does hold a half truth.

    • kixofmyg0t

      and a 1Ghz processor…. and a sub RAZR M resolution….and lack of LTE…

      • lye

        wtf with lack of lte. Wrecked my day. Well not really but I’m disappointed.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Well LTE hasn’t been announced. I’m thinking this will land on T-Mobile…..A carrier Moto doesn’t really have a strong presence in.

          How about it Mr. Woodside? RAZR T for T-Mobile?

  • Paul Neumann

    Verizon already has the Stellar with about the same specs. ICS instead of JB but a 2100 battery and LTE. Lower rez camera and no flash. Free on contract.

  • Chris

    Hey, just wanted to let you guys at Droid-Life know, the Galaxy Nexus sales ban has been overturned!


    • jak_341

      Unfortunately, Apple scored big with a expansion of the touch to unlock patent. Now pretty much every Android device is infringing. It doesn’t matter how Google does it, touching the screen to unlock your phone is patented by Apple.

      • Chris

        Just looked it up. It’s pretty B.S.

        But, most Android OEMs won’t be infringing on it now, because there is no predefined path for you to unlock your phone!

        • jak_341

          It’s not just predefined path. That part was amended. It is now location A to location B, predefined path or not.

      • collinjw51

        Thought it was “swipe” to unlock?

  • MattyWalnuts

    yay…a 3g only device

  • FarmerTechno

    If it’s going to compete with the Razr M with inferior specs, it needs to be $50 or less. If not, Razr M will win 99 out of 100 times.

    • r0lct

      What happens if you’re not on Verizon?

      • kixofmyg0t

        RAZR i. It has a better camera than the M anyway.

        • r0lct

          Different price points. If they were the same price I would choose the M all day long. But I think it’s a moot point as the mini be everywhere but Verizon and the M will only be on Verizon.

          • Lil25

            I’m on US Cellular. They have the Razr M; they call it the Electrify M.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Even @$50 its not a good deal for Verizon customers who can get the superior RAZR M for $50 on Amazon.

      If it’s on Att/T-Mobile that’s a different story.

      This phone better be free.

    • If Samsung were clever, they’d churn these out for $249 unlocked GSM. The market really needs a $249 out-right unlocked phone. It’d sell like hot cakes.

  • Michael_NM

    Perfect competition for iPod phone 5.

  • chris125

    I think this will be a big seller. Not everyone wants the large phones that are coming out now. Plus with pretty much every manufacturer minus apple going 4.3+ this will fill in the void for those who like smaller devices.

    • Greyhame

      RAZR M also comes in at 4″. If only Moto could launch across all carriers…

      Surprised that OEMs haven’t issued some kind of unequal favoring grief against carriers for allowing the same apple and Samsung devices to launch across carriers. Not saying I want more legal battles, but how can HTC, Moto and the like compete when they’re tied to exclusive deals? Baffles me they let the carriers hold so much sway here in the states.

      • chris125

        no it does’t. The m is 4.3. Plus this might never even make it to verizon it most likely will be sold worldwide. Samsung can do it because their phones sell like crazy same with apple. Moto, htc and the likes do not have that sort of power. I do think they need to have more power and get the same device on all carriers. Imagine how much more they would sell and how much more support they would get if the razr hd was on all 4 carriers just like the s3?

        • Diablo81588

          You are right about the screen size, but if you’ve seen the RAZR m in person, you’d see that screen size and actual phone dimensions are not one in the same. This will probably be similar in size.

          • chris125

            I agree, I was just saying the razr m has a 4.3 rather than 4″ screen

        • Greyhame

          Ah, my bad. Thx for the correction!

  • Diablo81588

    Domination? That’s a stretch..

  • Jonathan Bunch

    800×480 is this 2010?

    • Jeremy Bardrof

      It’s still 233ppi, which isn’t bad for a mid range to lower range phone. If this phone is priced very competitively then they probably had to go with a lower price screen.

      • Diablo81588

        This is weak even for a mid range phone. If this phone isn’t free on contract it will be a big flop.

      • Reign Mkr

        The problem with the RGBG layout of the Pentile AMOLED display is that this ppi number is overblow by a 4/3 factor – so it’s effectively a 175 ppi phone. The pixels will be pretty obvious with text. One look at a Razr M in store shows the same thing at 256 ppi… my old Dinc2 looks better with 240 ppi, but it has RGB at each subpixel.

        • LionStone

          Yep even the Inc4 has 275 ppi…

    • Greyhame

      Not quite to the days where mid-range devices come with HD screens.

    • fixxmyhead

      still looks crystal clear on my s2