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

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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Galaxy S III mini
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor STE U8420, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.83h 3G talk time)

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54 Comments

1. Peter98

Posts: 119; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Let's see how It does...

12. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

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

14. MeoCao unregistered

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

41. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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

45. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

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

31. Retro-touch unregistered

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

32. mobileharan

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 31, 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 ..

39. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

yes thats y it sounds strange

25. mailbox4eswar

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

52. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

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

54. mailbox4eswar

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 08, 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

28. MeoCao unregistered

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

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

15. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

22. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

29. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 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?

33. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

the razr maxx is 4.3"

49. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

50. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

24. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

4. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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!

5. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

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

6. estreito

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

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

11. infernal88

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 08, 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

7. NAHEK

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 12, 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"..

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

9. Gurmat

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 04, 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.

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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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