Updated on February 19th, 2013
At first I did not believe the rumor that Samsung will be launching a smaller Galaxy S III. After all, a rumor is just a rumor until it is confirmed. Samsung has however just confirmed the rumor when JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, stated to the media that Samsung will be unveiling a smaller Galaxy S III. Only a few details have been revealed so far but the date of launch is October 11 so we will know more about Samsung’s new phone very soon.
What have been confirmed, so far is the display size. The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini will pack a 4-inch display which, although not really small, is considerably smaller compared to the 4.8-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy S III. JK Shin also said that the mini version of the Galaxy S III will not be entry level but will instead have a full form factor. That means that the internal hardware of the Mini could be the same as the bigger version, or at least almost the same. Samsung said there is a demand for a 4-inch version of the Galaxy S III that’s why it decided to make the Mini. It’s true that a lot of people find the 4.8-inch display a bit huge for their hands so a 4-inch version should convince these people to get the Mini.
With a 4-inch display, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini will likely take a chunk from the iPhone 5 market since both have the same size.
UPDATE: German site MobileGeeks leaked a few details about the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, including a photo of the phone. The photo shows that the Mini a smaller version of the original phone but with relocated sensors and front camera.
The display is said to be Super AMOLED with WVGA resolution at 233 ppi. The internals are quite disappointing though. Instead of a quad-core Exynos processor, the Mini is said to pack an ST-Ericcson dual-core U8420 SoC with 1GHz speed, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, 16GB storage with microSD card expansion slot and 1,500mAh battery. The Mini will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will be priced at about $500.