The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is now official. The 4.0-inch handset that some hoped would be Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 5, turned out to be a rather mediocre device, but it is affordable and it comes with the latest of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The interesting thing about the Galaxy S III mini is that it has all the unique features that came in the original S III: TouchWiz with the S Voice assistant, SmartStay that shuts off the screen when you’re not looking at it and S Beam with tap to share for songs and files as big as 10MB. We don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not, though - we definitely prefer Google’s Voice Search with its accuracy and quickness over the sluggish S Beam.
Hardware-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S III mini is a mid-range device. Here is a quick rundown of its spec highlights:
- 4.0-inch Super AMOLED WVGA (480 x 800-pixel) screen - 1GHz dual-core processor - 1GB of RAM - 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA on the front - 8/16GB of internal storage - microSD card slot - 1,500mAh battery - HSPA 900/1900/2100 (no LTE) - NFC
The S III mini is 0.39 inches (9.9mm) thick, a hair larger than the original. It’s coming in white and blue, the same colors, and the same design with rounded edges as the Galaxy S III. It will definitely sell for the Holidays in Europe which is one of its main target markets (no word on U.S. availability, though) for a price of around 400 euro (around $515). How do you like it?
Samsung Introduces GALAXY S III mini, a compact yet powerful smartphone
GALAXY S III's nature-inspired design and intuitive ease-of-use in one stylish, compact smartphone
SEOUL, Korea – October 12, 2012 –
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the GALAXY S III mini, a compact version of the flagship smartphone GALAXY S III. The GALAXY S III mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the GALAXY S III to an elegant, compact smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen. It can be an optimal choice for consumers who are looking for more practical smartphones.
"The GALAXY S III introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world. We're now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the GALAXY S III mini in a more compact form," said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. "We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs."
The GALAXY S III mini is powered by Android™ 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Jelly Bean has fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search™ experience featuring Google Now™, which brings you just the right information, before you even ask.
Stylish and compact, the GALAXY S III mini shares the GALAXY S III's breakthrough design and simple elegance. Its ultra-minimal curved frame delivers a rich natural feel, which is also reflected on its nature-inspired home screen, wallpapers and ringtones. Its beautiful 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display offers a generous viewing experience that lets you view multimedia and Web content in brilliant color and clarity. Its compact size gives users a comfortable grip and allows a convenient one-hand operation.
The GALAXY S III mini is packed with intelligent technology designed to make interacting with the phone incredibly natural and intuitive. S Voice, Samsung's advanced natural language recognition software, lets you use your voice to unlock the phone with simple customized commands, or to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, organize your schedule, or automatically launch the camera and start taking photos.
The GALAXY S III mini also understands your gestures to make using your phone easier and more natural: With Smart Stay, the phone's camera tracks your eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as you are looking at it. When reading a text message from a friend, Direct Call enables you to automatically dial a call simply by lifting the phone to your ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts you to missed calls or messages as soon as you pick up your phone.
Content sharing is easy and fast on the GALAXY S III mini: Its S Beam feature lets you share a 10MB music file in just two seconds by simply tapping on another S Beam-enabled device including GALAXY S III or GALAXY Note II, even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. The 'Buddy photo share' function also allows photos to be easily and simultaneously shared with all your friends pictured in an image directly from the camera or the photo gallery.
really looks ugly! UGLY!!! but almost same specs of the iPhone 5!!!
i wish samsung's designer will be change.. and maybe they could hire some people from nokia that was fired!
admit it, nokia designs are way better than samsung...way premium looking! nokia 701(yes the symbian phone) looks way better than this crap!
Depends on price, they have the same specs except for the 1GB RAM in the SIII. But paying 100 Euros more for 256MB of RAM is just ridiculous, and the S Advance costs only 300 Euros.
The advance has only Android 2.3, but it should be upgraded soon to at least 4.0 and probably 4.1 as it has the same HW as the SIII mini.
I'm guessing the SIII has also the crappy NovaThor U8500 chip inside, it's just a guess but an educated one.
Galaxy S2 is better than both, it has much better screen, processor and camera. If you are on budget s advance is better, Samsung are planning to update it to jelly bean(they are skipping ics). S3 mini is overpriced atm, if you really want to get it wait for the pricedrop.
There is hardly any game that uses more than 100MB RAM in the market, so RAM should not be a problem. Also the phone is 480 x 800-pixel, so why do you care about HD games?
But you are not wrong, the GPU is probably a Mali400 with just one core, so it won't perform too well with 3D games.
(I'm assuming a ST NovaThor U8500 inside)
RAM usage will be a problem since on idle the device uses around ~380MB with Samsung's junk apps running. It would only be a matter of time before the system starts to close down apps when running low on memory. Imagine listening to some music, playing a game at the same time while having a few tabs in Chrome opened with such a low amount of memory.
May we assume then, that under the same criteria ANY phone in the market right now it uderpowered in your opinon?
I'm jus telling because I'm only aware of one phone currently in the market with more than 1 GB RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S III USA version.
Is that what you want to say: that every phone in the market is underpowered? HTC One series, Sony Xperia series, all LG flaships (till the Optimos G goes out), ect... All of them?
I find it like a joke... But that's just my personal opinion.
I have a Nexus S with only 512 MB RAM or memory: that's underpowered and there I have issues, as you may have with your phone. But for now 1 GB is more than enough.
Any phone? Most devices have at least 700-800MB of usable memory out of 1GB and that ensures a fully fledged multitasking experience. 512MB of RAM or anything lower makes the device lag when opening a lot of things. My myself have an Ace 2 with 555MB of RAM and it's a real pain to multitask. As for the S3 Mini Samsung has surely bloated it with a lot of junk services and apps that bog down the whole system.
That's just your assumption, and as silly one.
HTC Sensse uses a lot more RAM for example than Touchwiz, and I don't know any device with 700-800 MB free RAM as I use stock androd and uses already 380 MB with Jelly Bean. Just do the math yourself when you add the OEM layer over it.
With 500 MB you should be fine, and if you are not, you won't be with this phone or with any other in the market, cause all use the same OS and all use an OEM layer over it.
And I'm curious about where do you read that i will have only 552 MB or ram available for the user (which is probably true, it's just the same as any other) as that is not in the reports. So probably just another of your assumtions...
The GSIII has around 800MB of usable RAM and yet multitasking is flawless. In the case of S3 Mini they surely allocated too much memory to the kernel/hardware features. ~200MB is passable but 472MB lost is quite unacceptable imho. http://goo.gl/OCz2D
I find it a slightly better version of the S1, wich is a pity, because at this price point Samsung didn't really make an effort to do a better product. We all know that they could have had a huge success if they did.
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