Samsung Unveils Galaxy S3 Mini – No iPhone 5 Killer

As expected, Samsung has unveiled Galaxy S3 mini, a smaller and cheaper version of its hugely popular Android based smartphone – Samsung Galaxy SIII at an event in Germany.

Here’s a look at the specs of new Galaxy S3 mini:

  • A 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA resolution display (800×480 pixels) compared to full-sized S3’s 4.8-inch display
  • Galaxy S3 Mini’s display has 233 pixels per inch, whereas S3 has 305.96 ppi
  • It’s powered by a smaller 1GHz dual-core processor rather than quad-core processor that powers the global S3 and 1.5GHz dual-core LTE model that is available in the U.S.
  • 5-megapixel camera compare to S3’s 8-megapixel camera.
  • It comes with LED flash and a VGA front-facing camera compared to S3’s 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
  • It doesn’t support 4G LTE networks. It supports HSPA bands 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 bands.
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support.
  • It will be available in storage capacities of 8GB and 16GB with expandable memory up to 32GB.
  • Galaxy S3 mini comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is the latest version of Android
  • Galaxy S III mini will include some new software improvements on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean via their Android skin – TouchWiz Nature UX such as Smart Say, S Voice, pop-up video feature, S-Beam etc.

There’s no official word on which markets will get the Mini, but based on Samsung’s head of Mobile Communications, it looks like it will be first released in Europe. The pricing is also yet to be announced.

We had felt that the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S3 and 4-inch Galaxy S3 mini could give iPhone 5 a serious run for its money, but after seeing the specs, Samsung Galaxy S3 mini seems like a fairly mid-range phone from Samsung, which would compete with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, but definitely not the iPhone 5.

What do you think? Has Samsung missed a trick here?

[via CNET]