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Samsung UK Confirms Galaxy S3 Mini's German Launch

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 12 comments

Cat's out of the bag.

Samsung's much rumored Galaxy S III Mini has been slated for an October 11 unveiling since last week. However, today, Samsung itself confirmed the device's existence.

"Galaxy S III Mini will come with 4-inch display and we are going to unveil the product tomorrow," Samsung UK told Pocket-Lint.

Last week, the German press was invited to a mysterious Samsung event scheduled for Thursday, October 11. At the time, there was a bit of speculation as to whether or not this event could be the official unveiling of the Galaxy S III Mini. On Wednesday, speculation turned to confirmation, as the Verge and Pocket-Lint both reported receiving confirmation directly from Samsung.

The official confirmation comes on the same day as JK Shin, head of mobile communications at Samsung, spilled the beans on the device. Shin is said to have confirmed the Thursday launch of the 4-inch Galaxy S III Mini on Wednesday, revealing that the device was inspired by an increased demand for 4-inch phones in Europe. Whether or not this means the U.S. market will miss out on the GSIII Mini remains to be seen. However, Samsung frequently launches new products outside of the U.S., in Europe or Asia, and later brings them to the U.S. With any luck, the South Korean company will follow that same pattern with the Galaxy S III Mini.

The Galaxy S III Mini is rumored to pack a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 5-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of Storage, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We'll bring you the latest on this tomorrow afternoon.

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    SAL-e , October 11, 2012 12:49 AM
    clubsaucekiller"... coming out with the 4 inch screen after the iPhone 5.

    LOL. Love how Apple fans discovered 4" screen after Apple invented the 4" screen for iPhone 5.

    from wikipedia:
    "The Samsung Galaxy S is an Android smartphone that was announced by Samsung in March 2010. ... Display: 4.0 in (10 cm) Super AMOLED with RBGB-Matrix (Pentile)
    800×480 px WVGA (233 ppi)" [1]

    [1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S
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    SAL-e , October 11, 2012 12:49 AM
    clubsaucekiller"... coming out with the 4 inch screen after the iPhone 5.

    LOL. Love how Apple fans discovered 4" screen after Apple invented the 4" screen for iPhone 5.

    from wikipedia:
    "The Samsung Galaxy S is an Android smartphone that was announced by Samsung in March 2010. ... Display: 4.0 in (10 cm) Super AMOLED with RBGB-Matrix (Pentile)
    800×480 px WVGA (233 ppi)" [1]

    [1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S
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    sgs2008 , October 11, 2012 1:20 AM
    LOL PWNED
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    livebriand , October 11, 2012 3:01 AM
    SAL-eLOL. Love how Apple fans discovered 4" screen after Apple invented the 4" screen for iPhone 5. from wikipedia:"The Samsung Galaxy S is an Android smartphone that was announced by Samsung in March 2010. ... Display: 4.0 in (10 cm) Super AMOLED with RBGB-Matrix (Pentile)800×480 px WVGA (233 ppi)" [1][1]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S

    Also, I like Apple's attitude on it: 3.5" is the right size. Anything else is too big. 4" is the latest innovation, and it's awesome!
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    gfair , October 11, 2012 3:36 AM
    At last, Fandroids get a dose of reality: Galaxy S began with a 4" screen and now introduces a new model with a smaller screen than the latest, greatest S3, proving that screen size has limits and not everyone wants a ridiculous-sized phone.
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    Cons29 , October 11, 2012 3:48 AM
    so what if they released a phone with a smaller screen, is does not mean that they are taking a step backwards, they did that to cater to those who want a smaller phone.

    What, is apple getting a dose of reality because they will send out a smaller ipad (the mini)?

    at least no one (aside from apple) that x size is too big or too small
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    thefizzle656 , October 11, 2012 4:19 AM
    I am in need of a new phone and was seriously considering the GS III but was put off a little by the enormous size of the screen but I would definitely but a 4" version if the price is right and the specs are decent. I guess we'll find out more tomorrow.
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    murzar , October 11, 2012 4:24 AM
    Quote:
    At last, Fandroids get a dose of reality: Galaxy S began with a 4" screen and now introduces a new model with a smaller screen than the latest, greatest S3, proving that screen size has limits and not everyone wants a ridiculous-sized phone.


    It's called 'options' and a freedom to choose. iSheep wouldn't know much about it.
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    boferwdkoi , October 11, 2012 5:14 AM
    Samsung frequently launches new products outside of the U.S., in Europe or Asia, and later brings them to the U.S. With any luck, the South Korean company will follow that same pattern with the Galaxy S III Mini.


    http://www.metropolitanlogistics.com/

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    Anonymous , October 11, 2012 7:22 AM
    lol do you all know why galaxy s3 mini is launch? it is to slap Iphone 5 on the face.. samsung make it to fight iphone.. basically what ever apple is going to do in mobile industry, samsung will always come out with a version to compete with it directly.. Iphone think 4" is just nice.. so samsung make another 4" to tell iphone they will compete in anyway they can.. even if that model does not make money
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    SchizoFrog , October 11, 2012 7:40 AM
    So it is a smaller handset with seriously cut down specs, how is this a GSIII mini? It is a completely differrent model. If all the specs were the same except for the size and maybe battery then fine but I think it is false advertising to call it a GSIII at all.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 11, 2012 1:42 PM
    So, it has a slower processor than the Rugby Pro, but more storage and RAM. That's interesting, but probably not surprising since full device encryption will be more taxing on the CPU than anything else.