Samsung Revealing 4-inch ‘mini’ Galaxy S III on October 11

While a lot of the mobile-technology world is buzzing with excitement over the expected announcement of an iPad Mini launch event from Apple, Samsung is sliding in with a product release of their own: a 4-inch mini Galaxy S III.

JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications confirmed the launch event for tomorrow, October 11 and noted that this will not be an entry level handset and that it will feature a full form factor. Other sources indicate that the device will feature a 1-GHz dual-core STE U8420 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal store (expandable to 32GB with microSD), Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA, NFC for mobile payments and Android Beam, 1,500 maH battery, 5-megapixel rear-racing camera (sporting auto-focus and an LED flash) plus a VGA-resolution camera on the front.

On the reported 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800-by-480 pixels, users of the device can expect to enjoy the latest Google operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

While the device is expected to carry a hefty $500+ price-tag, it may just suit a percentage of the market that found the 4.7″ Samsung Galaxy S III a little too large.

Is this phone more attractive at the smaller size? Are you more inclined to purchase one now?

[via The Verge]

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  • Antonino Urbano

    This is actually some very interesting news because they’re going head-to-head with Apple in a market segment that in terms of screen size and premium phones, only Apple is currently occupying. I think this will be a good test of what sized phone general consumers prefer (or do they really not care?), and continue the battle between Apple and Samsung.
    I have to say, although I loath the cheap feel of Samsung phones, it’s an interesting development and if there was a reasonably spec’d, priced, and well built nexus phone by Samsung or anyone else that’s around the same size as an iPhone 5, I would consider buying it.

  • aRhyno

    Ya, screen size is definitely not a 1 size fits all. i think the perfect size for me would be around 4.3 – 4.4. the 4″ is great but i wouldn’t mind a bit bigger. the 4.8 feels just a bit too big. the Note II size is fine for those that want it. but definitly not something i would consider, that size would belong on my nightstand and not in my jacket pocket.

  • http://twitter.com/adamjefferson Adam Jefferson

    Do you think everything just gets a ‘yes’ vote at Samsung product pitch meetings? LOL!

  • randy ritraj

    Samsung phones are not really “premium” in comparison to the iPhone. Check out all the various drop test videos to validate that.

  • aRhyno

    lol. no smartphones are really ultimately drop test certified. and the new iPhone 5 is a bit sad really, when the smallest drop scratches up and dents the new case. i had a small drop a couple days before my case came in, i was surprised how much damage came from it.

  • Kirk

    Lol like seriously! Samsung has guts I tell yeah… No wonder they keep suing each other.

  • bradg17

    Exactly how I feel! I kinda would have been happy if they make the iPhone 5 a 4.3 inch with 720p.

  • xxxJDxxx

    I would be worried about battery life given androids hunger for power, it’s AMOLED screen, and smaller battery size

  • FragilityG4

    Drop test aren’t based on scratches it’s based on the phone breaking and the iPhone 5 was far better than the SIII

  • Capt Mario

    “5-megapixel rear-racing camera”

    I would love to get my hands on one of these!!

  • uKnOwWhO

    If you are using drop test to verify if a phone is “premium” or not, then you can go back using the brick phone that can be dropped a thousand times. Those are really “premium” phones. Nonsense.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    lol

    Next up, Galaxy S IV and Galaxy S IV Mini, in 5.8″ and 5″ screen sizes.

  • Jelly_Bean

    I am on the only one left in my family that has an iPhone, lol. The rest have Samsung Androids, and they love them….. So do I , I will most likely be switching out my 4S for the next Gen Samsung. My kids make fun of me being to old and slow to handle an Android, lol, even though I develop hardware and firmware for a living….. OK, back to the topic. My kids, ALWAYS drop their phones, I have not idea what is wrong with them, lol, but I have seen them drop them out of the truck when getting out over a dozen times. I have seen their Samsung Androids hit the wet concrete from 4-5′ up and have the back plate pop off, the battery spill out (hey isn’t that a cool concept, a battery you can actually change, lol) . Yet they put them back together in seconds and it has always run perfectly after. I believe my daughter has dropped hers in the toilet at least once, lol, but they rinse it off quickly with fresh water, open up the back, let it dry thoroughly without the battery in, and it worked.
    The Androids feel light, and cheapish to be honest, but they really are built to last.
    I am glad Samsung is offering a smaller phone for people with small hands, I think that will help their market. I for one am completely sick of how Apple has perverted the U.S. patent system to be able to sue Samsung on a rectangle with rounded edges, as an engineer that develops products this is a very sick and twisted path that will lead to zero innovation and competition in the future.
    I want phones from people that have imagination not people that have the biggest bank account and the most lawyers.