The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini officially unveiled

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini officially unveiledWe've been hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini pretty much non-stop for the last week now, so it feels almost like an afterthought that Samsung has finally made the thing official.

All the various leaks were right on the money too, so it's an announcement that's hard to get too excited about. Then again the Galaxy S III Mini is a phone that's hard to get excited about.

Let's get straight to the point: aside from a vaguely similar design and the same white and pebble blue colour options the full-size Galaxy S III launched with, there's no good reason for it to be called the Galaxy S III Mini at all.

With a 4in screen running at 480 x 800 and a dual-core 1GHz processor, the Mini is very much a middle-of-the-road smartphone release. In fact, looking at the raw spec it's a step down from the flagship GS3 in just about every way.

At least you get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board right out of the box, though you'd expect as much at this stage of the Android evolution game.

Samsung is clearly banking on the Galaxy S III name adding a bit of shine to an otherwise mundane handset. But in reality the reference to the Galaxy flagship simply reinforces just how mundane it actually is.

Expect the Galaxy S III Mini to go on sale next month. Pricing has yet to be officially confirmed, but Clove is already taking pre-orders for a SIM-free £249.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:17

For little more you get a Samsung Galaxy S2 o_O
Also: The one thing about the SGS3 that most people weren't crazy about was the design. And that is the only thing this mini-me has in common with the big brother...

Stelph  Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:19

Its a little misleading calling this the Galaxy S3 mini when the specs show it obviously isnt, LAWSUIT!

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:33

Its a little misleading calling this the Galaxy S3 mini when the specs show it obviously isnt, LAWSUIT!

Yeah LOL Also: they made it deceptively dissimilar to the iPhone. Apple should get this banned in no time :D

SpeedyG  Oct. 12, 2012 at 10:49

I am disappoint.

Another pointless Galaxy phone to add to the portfolio.

jaybear88  Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:27

Pretty poor show Samsung.

I guess a better way of seeing this is it's like the Wildfire after the Desire, rather than a minaturized version of the flagship.

dcx_badass  Oct. 12, 2012 at 14:53

The problem is, short term it may get more sales riding off the S3 name, but long term it could do damage as people will be like I had the S3 and it was poor, when actually they've got a slightly smaller S2 squashed into the shape of an S3. Not that the S2 was a poor phone, but still.

nutnut  Oct. 13, 2012 at 16:11

I have an s3 and a mild interest ine this. Yeah, it's not as powerfu. But do I really need. A quad core processor. ForZipping round my home screens. I. Don't really play any demanding games on it and I upgraded. From an s1. And only occasionally. The single core processor annoyed me with its slowness A dual core and project butter will Probably Seem Just as smooth. As the quad core in the. Non mini. S3
I'd. Like to try them side by side To see if there is a perceivable difference.

I also don't mind the styling. It looks like the s3 which i likeonly smaller. That's all the latest iPhone did and everyone wanted to buy that ;)

Sorry bout all the periods but typing on an iPad and the autocomplete does my head in, Wish I could buy swift key (cursor controls are. Great!:)

Nick.

SpeedyG  Oct. 14, 2012 at 16:00

http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/rumor-samsung-working-on-midrange-galaxy-premier-smartphone-1104118

Lol, Samsung mobile division is never tired and always busy.

Seems a much better prospect than the mini as a possible next phone.

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