The compact version of Samsung’s flagship phone includes Android 4.1 and a 4-inch screen.
By Rachel Cericola
October 31, 2012
Big things certainly come in small packages. Now, it looks like they are coming even smaller. After months of success with the Galaxy S III, Samsung has unleashed the Galaxy S III mini, which packs a ton of features into an even smaller form factor.
Modeled after the company’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III, the mini boasts even easier use via a tiny 4-inch screen. Packing in the powers of Android 4.1 (better known as Jelly Bean), the Galaxy S III mini promises a better user experience, as well as new Google Search features such as Google Now.
The curvy, compact design has a real natural feel—with a nature-inspired home screen and plenty of wallpapers and ringtones to back that up. It also has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1GHz chipset, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which you can increase up to 32GB via microSD. It also has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a VGA-resolution front-facing camera, and support for both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
For such a compact package, it has plenty of perks, such as S Voice natural language recognition software and gesture control via Smart Stay, Direct Call and Smart Alert features. The mini also has plenty of options for content sharing, via S Beam, which can share music files between two S Beam devices by just tapping the two together in sweet harmony.
“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,” said JK Shin, president and head of Samsung’s IT & Mobile Communications Division. “We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs.”
For now, there’s no word on when or if the Galaxy S III mini will be coming to the U.S. However, the device’s namesake, the Galaxy S III, is out and currently selling like hotcakes.