Samsung Galaxy S III Mini revealed in Germany

12 Oct 2012

The little brother of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone has been unveiled at an event in Frankfurt, Germany, giving consumers the option of the S III experience on a smaller, more pocket-friendly device.

While the Galaxy S III is a great device, its 4.8-inch display – while perfect for viewing content – is not likely to fit in many users’ pockets. For anyone put off by this, there’s now a mini version, but shrinking the size of the device also means shrinking some of the specs.

The Galaxy S III Mini certainly bears a striking family resemblance, and it also has the same 1GB RAM and Super AMOLED screen that its big brother has, only this time it’s a compact 4 inches.

As a result, the Mini is smaller and 16pc lighter than the original S III, and it’s lighter on storage, too, with 8GB or 16GB options available and the option of up to 32GB extra via micro-SD. The processor has been downgraded from 1.4GHz quad core to 1GHz dual core, but the operating system is top of the line with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

There’s no room for the substantial 8MP camera of the S III on the Mini, which features a front-facing VGA camera and a more modest 5MP camera capable of recording 720p video.

The Mini also comes with an NFC chip and Samsung technologies introduced with the S III, such as Smart Stay, Direct Call, Smart Alert, S Beam and Buddy Photo Share.

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.