Ever since the invite was out, there were rumours in abundance of the smaller version of the immensely popular Samsung’s flagship device, Galaxy S3. Today it has been officially unveiled at an event in Germany. Galaxy S3 Mini is here but not exactly a clone of it’s larger sibling.
As expectedly true to its name, it looks similar to the Galaxy S3 but it sports a 4 inch screen but runs of the latest Android OS flavour of the season, Jelly Bean.
Though it shares the powerful S3 surname and the looks albeit the smaller size, the spec sheets of the mini device is a scaled down version of S3 and not comparable.
The device has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 800 x 480 display packing a 233 pixels per inch and a dual-core 1GHz processor, not the same fire power that the bigger S3 flaunts. Also the camera gets a dressing down with the mini settling with a 5 MP camera against the 8 MP found in the bigger S3. The front camera has to content with a VGA resolution.
The vital stats of the phone reads as 4.8 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.39 inch and weighs 3.9 ounces, an equivalent to 121.55mm by 63mm by 9.85 mm, and 111.5 grams.
The main highlight of the device though is it runs of the latest Jelly Bean OS.
The mini also delivers many of the features that one has seen in the S3: Smart Stay, Buddy Face camera feature, burst shot, S Beam, Pop up play etc as well as features like All Share.
Name and form factor aside, outwardly the Mini is just yet another addition to the Galaxy portfolio but in a shrewd marketing move, Samsung is milking the Galaxy S3’s success and a smaller device at a lesser price carrying the S3 surname might induce many a buyers who might not afford the better, bigger pedigree.