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Samsung Officially Announces Galaxy S3 Mini

By - Source: Engadget | B 12 comments

Four-inch screen will provide an interesting challenge to the iPhone 5.

As expected, Samsung today officially announced the Galaxy S3 Mini that features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core CPU, and NFC.
The 111.5-gram handset, which runs on Android 4.1, packs a 1,500mAh battery, 1GB RAM, and 8 or 16GB of internal storage, in addition to a maximum of 32GB storage via microSD.

As for the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, the display comes with a WVGA resolution, with the main five-megapixel camera capable of 720p video. Also included is a VGA front-facing camera. Radio features are 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, GPS, GLONASS, FM radio and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE). NFC is also featured, but the Mini will only support HSPA 900/1900/2100 networks, as well as EDGE 850/900/1800/1900.

The Galaxy S3 Mini also understands users' gestures via Smart Stay; the device's camera tracks one's eyes and keeps the screen on as long as you're looking at it. Elsewhere, upon reading a text message from a friend, Direct Call allows users to automatically dial that contact by lifting the handset to your ear. Smart Alert, meanwhile, tells users if they've missed calls or messages when they picked up the phone.

Unfortunately, Samsung did not reveal a release date nor did they confirm the device's price. What we do know in terms of its launch, though, is that the mini will arrive in Europe.

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    tntom , October 11, 2012 8:40 PM
    4 inches the perfect size for a mini. The specs do not seem that great. 1,500 mAh battery?!?
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    kawininjazx , October 11, 2012 8:44 PM
    This better be a "free" phone, because the Motorola RAZR M for $99 is better and the regular GS3 is only $150 now on contract.
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    eijiyuki , October 11, 2012 8:48 PM
    Most likely a trendy free phone for the younger boys and girls.
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    Azn Cracker , October 11, 2012 8:56 PM
    eh my phone from last year has better specs. The contract price is probably going to be $50 to $80
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    jackt , October 11, 2012 11:36 PM
    Another phone with huge borders... i think ill take an LG next, samsung and motorola are a delusion...
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    eklipz330 , October 12, 2012 12:44 AM
    not much of a challenge for the iphone 5 unfortuneately. but then again, i don't think it's aimed at the same demographics.
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    mad tech , October 12, 2012 5:35 AM
    we are now in the era where a 4 inch phone is called a "Mini"
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    kartu , October 12, 2012 6:48 AM
    @"last year better spec" crowd, do you seriously think you can judge a phone by its specs? Anyone cares about some silly CPU benchmarks? Are you encoding videos with your phone lol?

    Screen is one of the most important parts of the phone (and AMOLED still didn't get due credit, I guess because Apple still doesn't have it) barely, if at all, covered in benchmarks and overall look and feel is not at all.

    Specs are there so that sites like toms have something to work on. They are mostly meaningless.
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    del35 , October 12, 2012 10:06 AM
    The specs do not seem that great. 1,500 mAh battery?!?

    Hopefully they will have a removable battery so people if they wish can get larger size batteries for it. Lets hope they dont case it in coke-can aluminum a la iCrap.
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    kartu , October 12, 2012 10:28 AM
    del35Hopefully they will have a removable battery so people if they wish can get larger size batteries for it. Lets hope they dont case it in coke-can aluminum a la iCrap.

    Normally screens consume most of the battery power so smaller battery with smaller screen makes perfect sense.
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    olaf , October 12, 2012 9:04 PM
    all in all looks to be a pretty decent phone, even if i am not a Samsung fan . And all you people with your specs mania need to take a chill pill, a phone is for talking and if you enjoy charging your phone 3 times a day then go ahead and buy your tennis racket sized phones with quadcore Soc's in them.
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    susansmith178 , October 13, 2012 8:57 AM
    Hi, guys I'm a new of S3 user, so I want to learn about all of setting from S3, so, can you help me please? I''ve no experience about android phone, I love samsung galaxy S3 very much, thanks all & Same is true for as well, I redecorated my house using illuminaries from here and anyone sees it is quite impressed by the functionality.