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Samsung Released Galaxy S3 Mini the iPhone 5 Competitor (Review)

After all the rumors and leaks, it is now official. Samsung today has announced a new member in the family called Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (Galaxy S III Mini). This Galaxy S3 Mini was leaked the day before pointing out towards a smaller screen display of a 4-inch with the same old design of the Samsung Galaxy S III. The Korean company today in Frankfurt, Germany announced their lineup of the Smart Phone by announcing Galaxy S3 Mini. This new announcement of Galaxy S3 Mini might have pissed of many Galaxy S III users because this Galaxy S3 Mini carries the same design as of the Galaxy S III with lower specs than Galaxy S III.

The newly released Galaxy S3 Mini comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED Touch Screen, with a WVGA resolution of 800X480 pixels, and it will be packed with Android Jelly Bean 4.1. The key specs of Galaxy S3 Mini are the same as they were rumored the day before. The key specs that were rumored and released today are 1GHz dual-core CPU, and a 5MP rear camera, along with 8 or 16GB of internal storage and micro SD support. The features like external support of MicroSD and of a removal battery are the features that are missing from the field of iPhone since the first iPhone 2G launch. We cannot expect such features to come in iPhone in near future.

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However, the picture solidity in Galaxy S3 Mini is of 233PPI, where as Galaxy S III carries 306PPI. These both resolutions are not even close in comparison with an iPhone 4 or later versions. The iPhone 4 and later version of the iPhone are packed with 326PPI picture solidity.

Lets have a look on the Galaxy S3 Mini real Specs that were released in the Press Release by Samsung:

Galaxy S3 Mini Press Release

SAMSUNG INTRODUCES THE GALAXY S III MINI
Galaxy S III’s nature-inspired design and intuitive ease-of-use in one stylish, compact smartphone

October 11 2012, London, UK – Samsung Mobile UK has today unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, a compact version of the flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The Galaxy S III Mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the Galaxy S III to an elegant, compact smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen.

Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “The award winning Galaxy S III has been extremely well received globally since it launched earlier this year so we are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the same revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence in a mini version. We will continue to develop smartphones to cater for a variety of customer needs and this latest release demonstrates our ongoing commitment to offering our customers more choice at every price point.”

The Galaxy S III Mini is powered by Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, benefitting from fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search™ experience featuring Google Now™.

Stylish and compact, the Galaxy S III Mini shares the Galaxy S III’s breakthrough design and simple elegance. Its ultra-minimal curved frame creates a rich natural feel, which is also reflected by its nature-inspired home screen, wallpapers and ringtones. A beautiful 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display offers a generous viewing experience that means multimedia and Web content can be viewed in brilliant colour and clarity. The compact size of the Galaxy S III Mini offers customers a comfortable grip and a convenient one-hand operation.

The Galaxy S III Mini is packed with intelligent technology designed to make interacting with the phone incredibly natural and intuitive. S Voice, Samsung’s advanced natural language recognition software, means your voice can be used to unlock the phone with simple customised commands. Your voice can also play a favourite song, turn the volume up or down, organise your daily schedule, or automatically launch the camera and start taking photos.

The Galaxy S III Mini also understands human gestures to make using the phone easier and more natural. With Smart Stay, the phone’s camera tracks a person’s eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as they are looking at it. When reading a text message from a friend or family member, Direct Call allows customers to automatically call that person simply from the motion of lifting the phone to their ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts people to missed calls or messages as soon as the phone is picked up.

Content sharing is easy and fast on the Galaxy S III Mini. Its S Beam feature allows a 10MB music file to be shared in just two seconds by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device, such as the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The Buddy Photo Share function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.

Galaxy S III Mini Specifications:

Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Display: 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED
Chipset: Dual Core 1GHz
OS: Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Camera: 5MP AF + LED Flash / VGA Front
Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, SorensonSpark, WMV7, WMV8, Recording/ Playback : 720p
Audio: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG(Vorbis), FLAC
Additional Features: Game/Video/ Readers/Music Hub, Kies, KiesAir, FM Radio (RDS), TouchWiz, Google™ Mobile Services, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Connectivity
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
GPS/GLONASS
NFC
Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)
Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro
Memory: 8/16GB ROM+ 8Gb RAM, microSDup to 32GB
DimensionL 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm, 111.5 g
Battery: 1,500 mAh

Galaxy S3 Mini Specs:

  • Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • Display: 4.0 WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Chipset: Dual Core 1GHz OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: 5MP AF + LED Flash / VGA Front
  • Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, SorensonSpark, WMV7, WMV8, Recording/
  • Playback: 720p Audio: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG(Vorbis), FLAC
  • Additional Features: Game/Video/ Readers/Music Hub, Kies, KiesAir, FM Radio (RDS), TouchWiz, Google Mobile Services, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads,
  • Connectivity WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40 GPS/GLONASS NFC Bluetooth® 4.0(LE)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro
  • Memory: 8/16GB ROM+ 8Gb RAM, microSD
  • Dimensions: 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm, 111.5 g
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh

The tech specs of the Galaxy S3 Mini are about almost the same as of the Galaxy S III with few things changed. The things changed in Galaxy S3 Mini are the display, resolution, battery, camera, processor, and size. Rest everything seems to be same as of the Galaxy S III. The only major change that we could find in the specs is of the massive increment in the size of the RAM. The RAM is said to be of 8GB. A part from the RAM and size, we don’t see any major over haul in the Galaxy S3 Mini.

Those who had bought Galaxy S III might be really pissed off at Samsung because the Korean Company announced the same shaped Smart Phone with a lower specs just after few months of the official release of Galaxy S III. Samsung announced Galaxy S III with a 4.8-inch display back in May when the iPhone 5 leaks started to surface the Internet. Rite after five months of the release of Galaxy S III, Samsung announced another lineup of Galaxy S3 Mini to compete with the one-month-old Apple’s iPhone 5 with the same screen size.

This year Apple increased the screen size from traditional 3.5-inch to 4-inch and the same year Samsung decreased the screen size from 4.8-inch to 4-inch to compete with the iPhone 5 in the market.

Galaxy S3 Mini the Real iPhone 5 Competitor?

When Galaxy S3 Mini was around the corner and wasn’t released, it was highly expected that Samesong (Samsung) would give a tough competition to the iPhone 5 by making it a high tech phone. After the Galaxy S3 Mini was officially launched and the specs got confirmed, then the expectations were reversed.

Samsung only released the Galaxy S3 Mini to beat the iPhone 5 price wise and not with the feature wise. The Galaxy S3 Mini might give a tough time to the iPhone 5 sales by having a lower price and same 4-inch display.

However, the price range of the Galaxy S3 Mini lied between $300-$400 and the pre-orders are said to be online. The release date of Galaxy S3 Mini hasn’t been confirmed or we can say that no words have been said on the release date. We expect the release to take place in November.

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