Samsung has officially revealed its new Galaxy S III Mini handset, a smaller, and hopefully cheaper, version of its flagship smartphone.
JK Shin, President and Head of the Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics, commented: “The GALAXY S III introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world. We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the GALAXY S III Mini in a more compact form.”
Instead of a 4.8 inch display, the S III Mini has a 4 inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 800 x 480.
Those who were debating about the tech spec, and whether it would be cut down from the S III’s high end spec aside from the display, had their questions answers – yes, further corners have been cut.
The processor isn’t quad core, but a 1GHz dual-core affair, which is a little – well, slow would be the wrong word – but it’s somewhat off the pace of contemporary standards. The phone does run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though, which should help general operation feel slick.
The camera, as was rumoured, is a 5-megapixel affair, although it does come with auto-focus and an LED flash. There’s a front-facing VGA camera, too.
Storage options are 8GB or 16GB, though there’s a microSD slot to further boost that by up to 32GB.
The S III Mini will also come with S Voice, Samsung’s Siri alternative, and other features seen on the big brother S III such as intelligent power saving, and direct call (which lets you automatically dial a call simply by lifting the phone to your ear).
Samsung didn’t have any word on when the UK release can be expected, or more crucially, what price point this phone will sit at. Seeing as the company has previously indicated it isn’t being pitched at entry level – and the tech specs show that – it’s a more middling device, so should hopefully carry a fairly reasonable price tag.
Attacking on price is one way to try and pull even more customers away from Apple, of course – and the S III itself can already be had for less than £400 now it has been on the market for six months.