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Samsung Galaxy S III mini turns Samsung's flagship into a midrange Android smartphone


Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Thursday October 11, 2012.

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is Samsung's most successful Android device to date, so it's no surprise that the Korean manufacturer will use the Galaxy S III as the basis for a new phone with the same form factor but muted functions to reduce size and cost. Samsung announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy S III mini, an Android 4.1 device that delivers "a compact version of the flagship smartphone Galaxy S III."

The Galaxy S III mini has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that significantly reduces the overall size of the phone. The phone also deviates from its larger predecessor by having a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The phone also has a customized version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software with Samsung's TouchWiz user experience. That means the phone will support gestures and sensor recognition to increase volume, switch from text messages to phone calls, and keep the screen from timing out when it recognizes that a person is still looking at the phone. It will also support the Samsung Share Shot photo-sharing feature that allows users to wirelessly and automatically send photos to other Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, or Galaxy Camera users nearby.

Samsung did not release any information regarding price, carrier or regional availability, or release date. Here are some key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S III mini:

- 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
- VGA front-facing camera
- microSD slot that supports up to 32GB
- FM Radio (RDS)
- Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
- Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40 GPS/GLONASS NFC Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)
- Dimensions: 121.55mm (4.79in) x 63mm (2.48in) x 9.85mm (0.39in), 111.5 g (3.93oz)

 
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