Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Goes Official; Does Not Do Justice To The S III Name

Samsung today unveiled a new Galaxy series handset, the Galaxy S III Mini. The S III Mini is a budget-oriented handset from company, aiming to bring a Jelly Bean filled experience to the consumers.

As the leaked specs of the handset had earlier indicated, the S III Mini packs in a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display, a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson SoC, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and the other usual goodies such as GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and Wi-Fi. At the back of S III Mini is a 5MP snapper with an LED flash, with a VGA camera in the front for all your skyping needs.

On the software side, the Galaxy S III Mini runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWIZ on top of it. The nature inspired version of TouchWIZ contains some of the software goodies that Samsung included in the Galaxy S3 and the Note II including S-Beam, Direct Call and Smart Stay. The latter ensures that the screen of the phone does not turn-off when the user is reading some content on the phone. The S III Mini will pack in a 1500mAh battery and will launch sometime later this year at an unknown price.

While the Galaxy S III Mini packs in decent specs for a budget oriented Android handset, it does not do proper justice to the ‘Galaxy S’ branding. Samsung really needs to stop diluting its Galaxy S brand.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Specs Leak; Not Much Of A Power House After All

Just a day before Samsung is going to announce the Galaxy S III Mini, the specs of the handset have leaked online. While the name of the handset will lead many people to believe that the Mini is just a smaller version of the S3, that is not the case according to the leaked specs.

The Galaxy S III Mini will sport a smaller 4-inch Super-AMOLED display with WVGA (800×480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, GPS, 16GB of internal memory, NFC, microSD card slot, and a 5MP camera at the back aided by an LED flash. Sadly, the S III Mini will be powered by a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8420 SoC coupled with an ARM Mali-400 GPU.

From the specs of the handset, it is clear that Samsung will be positioning the S III Mini a notch below the Galaxy S2. Even then, the name of the handset might just mislead people into thinking that the S III Mini is just a smaller variant of the Galaxy S III when it actually is a pretty huge downgrade, specs wise.

Also, releasing a mid-tier handset with Jelly Bean while your previous flagship handset is still running Ice Cream Sandwich? Not cool, Samsung!

Via- MobileGeeks