I had reported yesterday that Samsung will be launching a smaller version of its flagship Android device for 2012, Samsung Galaxy S III, today and the news has indeed turned true. Samsung has unveiled a scaled down version of its much popular Galaxy S3, and the new offering is dubbed as Samsung Galaxy S III mini.
We all know how well the GS3 is selling and it continues to rock even months after the launch. Galaxy S III is a very powerful smartphone indeed, in fact it is touted as the best Android phone ever built. Samsung is always known to cash in on the success of its popular flagship devices by launching low- and mid-range devices that look similar to the flagship device, but come with scaled down hardware and that strategy is pretty practical because not all are looking for powerful device in their hands. Same is the case with the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy S III mini. It’s a smaller version of Galaxy S3 and features a smaller 4 inch display as opposed to the 4.8 inch screen on the S3. It’s good to see how Samsung is trying to go head on with Apple which recently launched the next generation of iPhone, the iPhone 5, with a bigger 4 inch screen.
While the flagship Galaxy S3 is a premium option, the S3 mini is more of a mid-range device one can buy in the market. 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 unit, however the front-facing camera has been scaled down from 1.9 megapixel to VGA. A 5 megapixel camera unit isn’t that bad because we have seen some high quality camera modules from Samsung before.
On the connectivity front, it supports HSPA bands 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 bands and won’t be supporting 4G LTE networks. 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, which isn’t bad because the power need of mini is considerably lesser.
Samsung says that it will be shipping the S3 mini with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As usual, Samsung’s TouchWiz interface will be running on top of it which brings various additional features such as SBeam (a variation of Android Beam), S Voice (Siri contender) and many other features. Samsung has not announced the price or availability of the device yet. What are your thoughts on Galaxy S3 mini? Let us know your opinions below.