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Samsung Announces The Galaxy S3 Mini. Another Hit For Samsung?

Eric McBride
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Samsung made good on its word today, and has officially unveiled the Galaxy S3 Mini. The 4 inch device was just announced at an event in Germany, and although it’s not the quad core packing “mini” beast that many were hoping for, it’s certainly a powerful device. That being said, I’m not 100% convinced that Samsung got the pricing right on this one...

First, the specs:

  • 4 inch WVGA Super Amoled Display
  • Dual core 1Ghz processor
  • Android Jelly Bean out of the box with Touchwiz
  • 5MP back camera with VGA front facing cam
  • NFC
  • FM Radio
  • 8 and 16GB models available
  • Expandable memory of up to 32GB (microSD)
  • 1500 mAh battery

Here are some official press photos of the Galaxy S3 Mini:

 

The reason I mentioned the pricing is due to the fact that the Galaxy S3 is currently sold by Amazon Germany for 476 Euros. So for 76 Euros more, you get the quad core chip, the bigger display, a bigger battery, and a better camera. I was hoping that Samsung would place this device in the 299 - 349.99 price range, but hey..... that’s just my opinion.

The device is certainly powerful enough, and even runs Android 4.1 out of the box, which wasn’t the case with the S3 (as it wasn’t even out yet when JB was released). A 4 inch display is the perfect size to get in the heads of those consumers that want an iPhone sized phone with some power, and I can imagine lots of interest in this device from those that liked the S3, but who didn’t like the size of it and the Note 2.

Here are some comparison photos of the Galaxy S3 Mini and our Galaxy S3 side by side:

The device is expected to be available in Germany in November. No word yet on US pricing or release date, but I imagine it will come very soon.

What do you guys think of the Galaxy S3 Mini? Did the hardware disappoint? Did the price disappoint? Or is this another winner for Samsung?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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  • Patrick R. Oct 11, 2012 Link

    Ouch, does Samsung realize that you can get an S3 in the Philippines for something like 500 Euros which you can even apply for a defered 0% interest payment scheme in installments for 3, 6 or 12 months if you use a Citibank Mastercard? So at that price point, better go with the full sized S3... not bad specs though.

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  • ljhaye Oct 11, 2012 Link

    Yawn...there is no need for this product! Small screen smartphones (3.5-4") is for iphone users who like to squint to see content on their screen.

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    DaBartonator Oct 12, 2012 Link

    lmao iphones

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  • Dvoraak Oct 12, 2012 Link

    I can't imagine it being a winner. The two most noteworthy phones that Samsung has had are the S3 and the Note. What's that say?

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  • Rutger Oct 12, 2012 Link

    I don't get it! Why WVGA resolution? This is totally pointless. I thought I wouldn't say it, but if we are talking specs, I would go for the iP5 instead of this.

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  • Peter L. Oct 12, 2012 Link

    Is there any reason why can't Samsung make a nice looking phone? I mean even my ZTE Blade looks better than this.

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  • Justin Thomson Oct 15, 2012 Link

    Absolutely, this one is really one of another hit for Samsung. I am completely crazy about Galaxy S3 and the exclusive source shows the power incredibility of the latest one. The latest version Jelly Bean is completely looking amazing and wonderful. Android really rules the world!

    http://www.openxcell.com

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