Samsung had unveiled a scaled down version of their much hyped Android flagship device for 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III. The new offering is called as Samsung Galaxy S III mini and is targeted at people who are looking for mid-range devices with fairly good hardware and relatively low price tag.
It should be noted that not all the people out there need quad core processor and a huge screen on their phone. As far as Samsung is concerned, they are always known for flagship devices that they launch which eventually gets so popular that they launch scaled down variants which share the looks with flagship device in order to share the reputation.
The word was that the device isn’t targeted towards US market, however, the good news is that the FCC has just had a visit from the Samsung Galaxy S III mini. Now, that really doesn’t confirm that this device is coming to the US market, however, we can say that the door is open and Samsung could launch the device here if they wanted to.
The device has a smaller form factor when compared to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S III. If you take a look at this device from far, you can mistake it for a GS3, however, the similarity ends there because like the form factor, even the hardware has been scaled down, but by a huge margin.
The Galaxy S3 is a premium option and is considered the best Android device to be ever built, but the same doesn’t hold good for the mini version. Taking a look at the specs, the device is truly a mid-range device, and that’s not really a bad thing if it is priced appropriately. Unlike the S III which sports a quad-core processor in the global S3 variety and the 1.5GHz dual-core in the LTE model in the U.S., the S3 Mini makes use of a less powerful 1GHz dual-core processor. Each and every part is scaled down, and the same holds good for the imaging department as well. The 8 megapixel rear facing camera that the Galaxy S3 is equipped with is replaced with a 5 megapixel camera in the Mini. The device still retains the LED flash, however the front-facing camera has been scaled down from 1.9 megapixel to VGA.
Speaking of connectivity, the device can communicate over HSPA bands 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 bands. Yes, there’s no 4G LTE support which can be seen as downside because most of the carriers are steadily expanding their 4G network coverage. Other hardware features include Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and 8GB or 16GB versions with microSD cart slot that can expand the memory up to 32GB. The device is equipped with 1,500mAh battery as opposed to the 2,100mAh battery on the S3, but for the hardware the device has, that battery capacity should do just fine.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is definitely a good mid range handset, but it doesn’t do justice to the name it carries. What are your thoughts on this?