A new report shows that the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini sports a different set of specifications compared to the international variant. Sam Mobile notes that the device that AT&T is selling has the 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Play MSM8930 on board as well as a 2000mAh battery. For comparison, the variant that was launched late last year had a 1GHz processor and a 1500mAh battery.
Sam Mobile surmises that the upgrade was likely done to make the device perform better on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, which the S3 Mini supports. Another possible reason could be STMicroelectronics’ decision to leave the joint venture with Ericsson, which was responsible for making the international variant’s processor.
Such slightly enhanced specifications make the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini a better deal. Earlier, AT&T announced that it is selling the device for the super-low price of only 99 cents with a two-year contract.
Meanwhile, the other specifications of the handset remain unchanged. Among these are a 4.0-inch 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution, 1 GB of RAM, Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean with Nature UX, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expansion, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, face and smile detection, VGA secondary front-facing camera, accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor, GPS and A-GPS. Its features include Smart User Interface, Easy Mode and Samsung s Voice, Samsung S Beam, Social Hub, Readers Hub and Game Hub.
Although it shares the name of a previous Samsung flagship handset, the device during its launch was believed to be underpowered, apart from having a much smaller display. The decision to improve some of its internal parts, however, would make the device a more attractive product for consumers looking for an entry-level smartphone.
The AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3 has been open for pre-ordering since the 19th of this month. The device is scheduled to be released on September 27th.