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Galaxy S3 Mini Coming On October 11th?

Eric McBride
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Many consumers enjoy the fact that Android devices can be purchased from multiple companies, in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and at different price points. Samsung is on a roll lately with their Galaxy series, and the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 have literally taken the mobile industry by storm. We all know that the Galaxy S3 has a 4.8 inch screen, and that the Note 2, which basically looks like a much bigger GS3, has a 5.5 inch screen. But what about those consumers who love the design but wish for a smaller size? That’s where the Galaxy S3 Mini comes into play, and it seems that Sammy might just launch it in just 7 days.

Samsung is holding an event in Frankfurt Germany at the Samsung Electronics Mobile Store on October 11th, and is already sending out teasers for its new “small but big” product. According to Know Your Mobile, the phone will naturally have a much smaller screen, a dual core processor, a lower resolution camera, Android Jelly Bean out of the box, and a much cheaper pricetag than the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2.

While I’m not a fan of “mini” phones, this is actually a pretty smart idea on Samsung’s part. While lots of people love the GS3 and Note 2, many complain about the size, with some reporting that using either phone in one hand simply isn’t comfortable if you have smaller hands. For others, the prices of these 2 devices are a problem, as they certainly aren’t cheap. While the Galaxy S3 mini might not come with the same mega hardware as its 2 big brothers, it certainly could help to counter the above issues, as it would provide a fairly powerful device that looks like a GS3/Note 2 , but with a smaller screen and smaller price tag (and smaller hardware).

Why not? If iPhone users had the option of having the iPhone 5 in 3 different sizes, I doubt that many would be upset about it. I just wonder if the S3 Mini will have a tiny little S-Pen?

Good news is, we only have to wait a week to find out.

What do you guys think? Is an S3 mini a good idea?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Picture credits: bluestemprairie.com, copyblogger.com (edited and merged by myself)

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    Nick N. Oct 4, 2012 Link

    Eric, April Fool's Day was 6 months ago ;-)

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  • Anthony Scicluna Oct 4, 2012 Link

    i agree with such a strategy. while i like to have as big a screen as possible bearing in mind the price tag, my wife can't stand screens bigger then 3 or 3.5 maximum.

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  • Apple Conspiracy Oct 4, 2012 Link

    A colleague of mine recently wrote an article in which he expressed his frustration on major manufacturers not providing high-end smartphones in smaller sizes.

    Of, course, there is some technical connection between size and performance expected from high-end phone nowadays, but it seems to me that this could be a minor problem, and that fundamentally there shouldn't be any problems in delivering small sized phones which have high-end hardware.

    This confuses me, because manufacturers of Android phones always brag about how they cover the market by every segment, offering different sizes and features adapted to various consumer categories, but somehow none of them offers a small sized phone that has the power of a high-end device.

    There are two reasons for this as I see as possible:

    1) fear of admitting that Steve Jobs was right after all when talked about ideal size, because maybe more people would actually prefer smaller high-end phones, sabotaging the sales of "big ones" (that's why, for instance, smaller phones never get HD screens, because if you can get same resolution in smaller surface, that would bring danger to the big screens)

    2) actually thinking that larger is actually better, as whole paradigm of Android as opposition to Apple is based on "bigger, stronger and more capable".

    I think the first reason is more likely. So this intervention of Samsung's is great and very bad at the same time, and I think they won't push it to the end - It's already indicated in the fact that S3 Mini will not hold the same hardware.

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  • Eric McBride Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @Nick - You don't believe they will release it? What do you think will come at the event?

    @Anthony - I agree. Lots of people I know, especially women, are really turned off by big screens.

    @Apple Conspiracy - Very good points man. Maybe Steve was right in this point? I think it would be actually cool if the mini could somehow run close to the same specs as the bigger GS3. THAT would be pretty damn awesome.

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  • Apple Conspiracy Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @ Eric

    I personally don't think SJ was right. The fact is that there is no ideal size. However, there is a range of "optimal sizes" circumscribed by the extremes beyond which it all becomes pointless in current usage of cell phone, the too small and too large likewise.

    I think industry has gone to far now with gargantuan proportions, but there is a social issue with returning back to "normal", because it would be interpreted as "de-evolution" and negatively connotated.

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  • David H. Oct 4, 2012 Link

    "Of, course, there is some technical connection between size and performance expected from high-end phone nowadays, but it seems to me that this could be a minor problem, and that fundamentally there shouldn't be any problems in delivering small sized phones which have high-end hardware."

    More RAM, faster CPUs, brighter displays, more radios (Bluetooth, WIFI, NFC, GPS) all of this does several things, makes the phone bigger, consumes more power, requiring a _____ battery. Fill in the blank!
    If there were no link between size and capabilities we could have a fully functional projection screen folding keyboard phone embedded in a thumbnail, along with


    This confuses me, because manufacturers of Android phones always brag about how they cover the market by every segment, offering different sizes and features adapted to various consumer categories, but somehow none of them offers a small sized phone that has the power of a high-end device.

    "1) fear of admitting that Steve Jobs was right after all when talked about ideal size, because maybe more people would actually prefer smaller high-end phones, sabotaging the sales of "big ones" (that's why, for instance, smaller phones never get HD screens, because if you can get same resolution in smaller surface, that would bring danger to the big screens)"

    The perfect size is only for a few people, i got rid of my phone which is the "perfect" size because it is not perfect for me. Viewing movies or even surfing the net is severely limited with the tiny screen. That's what I use it for, the big screeen is best 'for me'.

    For the REAL reason, see my first response. Nobody wants to make a phone that sucks, and making it smaller necessitates removing something. Everybody is trying to make the radios, batteries, screens lighter, compact, there are certain limitations.

    the reason the iPhones can be more compact with good performance, they remove the OS. Basically, strip it down so a lot of the functionality and customization is gone so they can have the same performance in a smaller package.

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  • Apple Conspiracy Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @ David

    Like I said, I won't deny that technical issues prevent extreme miniaturization, and I certainly don't think that anything less than 4" in screen diagonal is appropriate for modern high-end smartphone, but frankly, going sky high with screens is far from being adequate. Watching movies is lame excuse. If you want big screen for watching movies, you know what's there on the market. If you want to watch movies on your cell phone, then I don't consider you as somebody who actually cares about movies. There are more important things than that, for instance, ergonomy.
    And for anything around 4-inch mark with ultimate high-end capabilites, I would give my right arm for this statement - it can be easily done!

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    Christopher Silva Oct 4, 2012 Link

    Simple; small hands small screen. Same fast specs= Win - Win !

    Also aimed at women, youth, and anyone with small hands. For example, folks in South East Asia. I spent some time in Viet Nam, Laos & Thailand. These folks are fun, smart, and small, with small hands. Solution, GS3 mini!

    All the benefits of the GS3 with a manageble screen size---smart.

    No need for a giant screen, Sammy has a top-end solution. Good job Sammy.

    Of course don't forget the pocketable folks who don't want to carry anything - oversized..

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  • Anna F. Oct 4, 2012 Link

    I don't like huge screens for 2 reasons. 1) It's hard to use them with just one hand but that takes away from the functionality of a smartphone and 2) I carry my phone in my pocket so anything larger than 4.5 inches would be WAY too big to carry around.

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    Nick N. Oct 4, 2012 Link

    I think that mini-me picture put my mind on the wrong tangent, Eric. I thought the article was having a poke at the iPad mini which is (supposedly) due to be released soon. Sorry, my bad!

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  • Apple Conspiracy Oct 4, 2012 Link

    @ Nick

    Interesting! A couple of weeks ago I was preparing an article (never published though) about whether should we actually expect iPad Mini as an answer to Android tablet expansion, and I made very similar picture:

    http://imageshack.us/a/img803/5991/ipadmini.jpg

    Funny :-)

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  • Eric McBride Oct 5, 2012 Link

    @David - Nice points David. I especially like what you said about "the perfect size is only for a few people". That's a really valid point.

    @Apple Conspiracy - @ " If you want to watch movies on your cell phone, then I don't consider you as somebody who actually cares about movies. There are more important things than that, for instance, ergonomy". True that! And your picture is awesome :)

    @Anna - I'm about to order a Note 2, and as huge as it is, it somehow still fits in my pocket! It's also thinner than the original Note, and works surprisingly well in one hand!

    @Nick -LOL! That would have been a good idea for that pic though :-)

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  • Anna F. Oct 5, 2012 Link

    @Eric Anything bigger than my GS2 would not fit in my pockets. I'm a pretty small person, you know, so my pockets are probably smaller than yours XP

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  • Eric McBride Oct 8, 2012 Link

    @Anna- Just get really massive sized pants. Then you ll have no problems. LOL :-D

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  • Anna F. Oct 8, 2012 Link

    @Eric yeah sure, and while I'm on that I should go get my clown license. :P

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  • Eric McBride Oct 9, 2012 Link

    @Anna - LMAO! :-D

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