JK Shin, the chief Samsung’s mobile division, recently made an announcement confirming the upcoming arrival of the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. According to Shin, “We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on the 11th in Germany.” He also adds, “There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.’”
It is speculated that the 4-inch device that Shin suggested is none other than the Apple iPhone, whose latest iteration, the iPhone 5, is equipped with a screen measuring 4 inches diagonally.
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy Mini smartphone have been circulating for some time, but there has not been a confirmation from the South Korean electronics company prior to Shin’s statement. The October 11th unveiling in Germany, however, had already made headlines when invitations for the same were sent out to the German media a while back. The invitation is reportedly a large piece of paper that had been folded several times. It also says “Small is now a big hit!” in German.
Initially, it was believed that the press event would be for the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Music, a budget smartphone targeted at music enthusiasts. However, according to All About Samsung, the invitation shows a large “S,” which could be taken to mean that the event is for the smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. They further claimed that this device will come with a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its operating system, and a dual-core processor whose speed is still unknown.
For its part, the Samsung Galaxy Music is expected to be packed with a single-core 850MHz CPU, a 3-inch QVGA display, 512MB of RAM, and a 3-megapixel camera. Its operating system is said to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and may come in dual-SIM or single-SIM variants.