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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini fulls specs, price and release date leak out

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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini fulls specs, price and release date leak out
The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini might have just been officially confirmed, and shortly now, shortly after that we already have the full specs along with images, price and release date. The S III Mini has already appeared at a few Scandinavian retailers, and German blog Mobilegeeks got the full specs.

The price is set at just below $550 (or some 3,681 Swedish kronor) and the release date is October 29th, 2012. That, of course, is the price with no contract deals, meaning you get a completely unlocked device that you are free to use on any carrier. 

With that comes the big disappointment - the S III Mini turns out to be nothing more than yet another mid-range device. Gone are the super fast quad-core Exynos chip and high resolution. Instead we have a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson chip and a WVGA display. Here are the full specs:

  • OS: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Display: 4.0 inch Super AMOLED with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 16.67 million colors
  • Processor: STE U8420 dual-core 1.0GHz
  • Camera: 5 megapixel with auto focus and LED Flash / VGA front
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Flash memory: 16 GB, MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Mobile standards: HSPA 900/1900/2100 14.4/5.76, EDGE / GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • Connectors: Micro USB port, 3.5mm headset jack
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a / b / g / n 2.4/5GHz, DLNA, NFC (UICC, optional)
  • Battery: 1,500 mAh
  • Dimensions: 121.55 x 62.95 x 9.85 mm
  • Housing: Plastic

We also see that Samsung will offer a white and blue versions of the handsets just like on the original S III, and also there will be separate versions with or without NFC connectivity. The Galaxy S III Mini model number is GT-I8190.

This is definitely not a viable alternative to the iPhone 5 as many have thought it'd be. What do you think, could the lower price grant it some big sales, despite that?

source: MobilegeeksTuexperto

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posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:49 8

1. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


Let's see how It does...

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:17 11

12. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


This price $550 is not justified. Even for Europe!
Only notable feature here is Jelly Bean OTB

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:20 8

14. MeoCao (unregistered)


The resolution is to low to compete with iPhone 5, not interesting at all.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 11:31 3

41. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Its not supposed to compete with the iPhone 5 but I thnk they have done a very good job in the mid range segment with the processor, ram, bluetooth, etc

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 17:19

45. fur0n (Posts: 70; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


well it comes with almost the exact same sepecs at the iphone 5 minus the resolution.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:25

31. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


The annoying part is this device guarantees Jelly Bean for S2 which I bought for S300 should be end of November/early December or they'll lose sales

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:41 3

32. mobileharan (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I don't think the price is true ... If it is then specs might be higher .. Coz as far as i know Samsung have always placed competitive prices .. They have never overpriced their products ..

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 10:06

39. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


yes thats y it sounds strange

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:01 4

25. mailbox4eswar (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I feel it is nothing but Samsung Galaxy S Duos with high price tag.

posted on 11 Oct 2012, 13:48

52. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


How can you feel like that??
It has a better processor,more ram,better GPU,better screen..
!!

posted on 20 Oct 2012, 03:41

54. mailbox4eswar (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You are correct. I didn't observe the dual core processor. But I don't think the screen is much different.
But the price didn't convince me anyway. I still feel Galaxy S Duos is well priced and had little disadvantages specs-wise

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:20 2

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


Tell people the reason to choose this phone over $350 HD GNex

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:57 7

2. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


a s3 like specs with a 4-inch screen would be epic. :D

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:20

15. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


But, you also have to remember, smaller phone also mean smaller battery. Samsung made this decision with lower specs because a quad core processor with high res screen do not do well with small battery.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:34 1

22. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


bigger battery doesn't always means bigger the size. They could just make the battery denser. Look at motorola razr maxx, maxx hd. Did those phone compromised the size in terms of battery? If they want to, they could fit a 2100mAh battery in that phone.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:21

29. asulect (Posts: 131; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


razr Maxx and maxx hd are 4.7" No? almost the same size as the original GSIII. They are thicker than the non-maxx razr. What is your point here?

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 08:42

33. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


the razr maxx is 4.3"

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 19:36

49. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


skhell1, in screen size YES. But have you actually put a SGS3 and RAZR/MAXX side by side? SGS3 is only a little bit taller and wider. Motorola used a huge bezel that made the device way bigger than it should have been. But they fixed that with the RAZR M, which has the same screen size but much smaller in overall size.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 22:56

50. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


my point here is that, if they can put a 3300mAh battery on a 4.3" screen phone + its bezel, why not make a 2100mAh for a 4" phone? If they want to, they could. Considering that the s3 mini is not that small anyways given the bezel all around the screen. if they want to, they could. If you can't still comprehend that, I don't know what to say anymore to you, dude, just check out razr m/razr i. And see the difference. there are ways you could use larger capacity batteries on a compact design. It's just up to you if you want to do those ways or just not put some efforts at all.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 06:58 12

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


My Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a 4.65" 720p Super AMOLED HD screen & I can use it with one hand just fine. My wife who is smaller than me can use it with one hand just fine also.

Apple's claim that anything bigger than 4" can't be used with one hand is bogus at best. This Samsung Galaxy S III Mini will do well.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:25 3

18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


True. All this issue of one handed use and smaller screen is just humbug.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:53

24. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


Except when calling, I'm wondering for what do people use one hand while using it.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:02 2

4. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


zzzzz sorry but you can find the gs3 at low prices if you look hard enough I guess if you want a small screen phone here you go. but I am al labout give me the most I can get so bring on the note 2!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:03 6

5. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


if those came out to be true ...then im not impressed :/

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:09 2

6. estreito (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 May 2012)


I guess this should never have been inferior in specs to last year's SGS2...

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:17 2

11. infernal88 (Posts: 113; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


in UAE u can get a SGS2 for about 390$-400$ ... which almost has similar specs as the one shown above ...and my opinion that it would be pointless to have this one

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:10 2

7. NAHEK (Posts: 7; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I can get an S3 for that price 'till Octomber 30th. Maybe if you are pretty rich and want 4.0", but i'm pretty sure there are cheaper phones with the same specs with 4"..

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:11

8. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm not impressed with the processor...feels old!

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:16

9. Gurmat (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Aug 2012)


Ya, this phone must be priced at $400 or less, cos Galaxy S Advance having similar specs (Only ram is 768mb and bluetooth 3.0) is retailing around $345 in India.

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 07:17

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


In same money (550) one can get XPERIA ACRO S on ebay in India. Acro S is far better than this.

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