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 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware STE U8420, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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