Yesterday, Samsung announced the Galaxy S III Mini, which is apparently the compact or smaller version of the company’s widely popular flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3. For obvious reasons, the Galaxy S3 Mini shares the same appearance with its big brother but got a smaller 4-inch display (compared to the other’s 4.8-inch screen).

“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.


The original Galaxy S3 [left] and the Galaxy S3 Mini [right]

Looks aside, the specs of the Galaxy S3 mini are nowhere near the specs of the original Galaxy S3. Honestly speaking, it doesn’t quite live up to its flagship-worthy name. From the original Galaxy S3′s quad-core Exynos processor, the Mini only has a 1GHz dual-core processor.

The Galaxy S3 Mini features a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen of WVGA resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8/16GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 32GB via microSD, and a 5-megapixel camera.

It runs on the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. It will also feature most of the software features found on the original Galaxy S3 including the S Voice, Smart Stay and S Beam.

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is expected to launch in November in the US and probably by December or early next year here in the Philippines. Unfortunately, no word on its pricing has been officially revealed yet.

Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini Specifications
BODY 121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm (111.5 g)
DISPLAY 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Multitouch; TouchWiz UI
MEMORY 8/16GB internal storage
microSD slot, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR; microUSB; NFC
CAMERA 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
720p@30fps video recording
Secondary: VGA
FEATURES Dual-core 1 GHz NovaThor U8420 processor
Mali-400MP GPU
Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh
AVAILABILITY November 2012

See the Galaxy S3 Mini in action by watching these hands-on videos below:

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