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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Launched, Comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update)

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Launched, Comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (Update)

 

*Update as of 19/12/2012 9.50 p.m: The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is estimated to be launched by M1 in January 2013.

*Update as of 14/12/2012 2.56 p.m: Winston Goh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Mobile Communications, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd, has informed us that the company is planning to launch the Galaxy S III Mini sometime in Q1 2013.

*Update as of 14/12/2012 11.56 a.m: The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini may make an appearance in Singapore as a listing for the device appears on IDA Equipment Search List, thanks to eagle-eyed Sim YuMing who tipped us off on Twitter. We are checking with Samsung Singapore on its launch date.

As confirmed by JK Shin, the head of Samsung Mobile Communications, the Korean company launched the Galaxy S III Mini in Germany. 

The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is also featured in the Galaxy S III LTE and the upcoming Galaxy Note II. Not surprisingly, the Galaxy S III Mini sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

Running under the hood is a ST-Ericsson NovaThor dual-core 1GHz processor , a Mali-400 GPU and 1GB RAM. Software-wise, you get Google Now, S Voice, S Beam and Smart Stay on the Galaxy S III Mini.

The Galaxy S III Mini comes in two storage capacities: 8GB and 16GB. If you need more storage capacity, there is a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB. Measuring 121.55 x 63 x 9.85mm, the Galaxy S III Mini is quite light at 111.5g with its 1,500mAh battery.

There is no word yet on its availability outside Europe. We will update this section where we have the information. In the meantime, here's a comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini against the other recently announced 4-inch Android smartphones:

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S III Mini HTC Desire X Sony Xperia J
Operating System
  • Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice zCream Sandwich
Processor
  • ST-Ericsson NovaThor dual-core 1GHz processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1GHz processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 single-core 1GHz
Built-in Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 768MB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
Display
  • 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
  • 800 x 480 pixels
  • 4.0-inch Super LCD
  • 800 x 480 pixels
  • 4.0-inch display 
  • 854 x 480 pixels
  • Scratch-resistant glass
Camera
  • 5-megapixel autofocus rear
  • VGA front
  • 5-megapixel autofocus rear
  • 5-megapixel rear autofocus camera 
  • VGA front camera
Battery
  • 1500mAh
  • 1650mAh
  • 1750mAh
Storage
  • 8/16GB internal storage capacity 
  • microSD card support up to 32GB
  • 4GB internal storage capacity 
  • microSD card support up to 32GB
  • 4GB internal storage capacity 
  • microSD card support up to 32GB
Dimensions
  • 121.55 x 63 x 9.85mm
  • 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3mm
  • 124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2mm
Weight
  • 111.5g
  • 114g
  • 124g

Sources: Samsung, IDA Equipment Checklist via Sim YuMing, M1

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