Samsung Galaxy S III mini visits FCC to stir up rumors of U.S. launch

Samsung Galaxy S III mini visits FCC to stir up rumors of U.S. launch
The FCC has just had a visit from the Samsung Galaxy S III mini, and while it doesn't necessarily mean to expect the device to launch in the states, it does leave that door open. With its smaller form factor, from the outside the phone looks just like a smaller version of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S III. However, the specs inside are far from what you will find in the Galaxy S III despite the inclusion of Android 4.1.1 out of the box.

The 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen is closer to the display on the Samsung Galaxy S II while the dual-core 1GHz NovaThor processor is so last year. We won't even get into the 5MP camera on back. Still, there is demand for a 4 inch phone like this in Europe, according to Samsung, and the lack of 4G LTE connectivity would really seem to make this a hard sell in the states.

Priced at 439 EUR ($568 USD), the FCC sign-off does leave a crack in the door for a future U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S III mini to be sold.

source: FCC via Engadget

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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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10 Comments

1. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

pity.

2. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

I'm not too sure about this, but I am indeed happy with my Galaxy S III.

3. redmd

Posts: 1938; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

some people just really want a 4 inch phone. they don't feel the need for more screen estate. but I so wish we have a high end 4 inch phone.

4. DeviantDroid

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 28, 2011

I think that spot is kinda losely held by the Droid Incredible 4g.... Maybe.... Possibly....

5. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

There is NO reason why this cannot have LTE in it.. Disappointed.

6. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I haven't even gotten my SG III yet may I'll buy the mini SG

7. jimjam unregistered

tmobile please

8. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

568$ = 30k. Thnx i will get SGS Advance for 20k

9. angelesmec unregistered

I hope Galaxy S Advance with almost the same specs gets updated soon after the launch of Galaxy S III Mini..

10. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

dont know why samsung thinks the gs3 needs a lil sister...leave the miniS to Apple....

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