Samsung announces the Galaxy S III mini

Samsung confirmed the details of the Galaxy S III Mini during an event in Germany on Thursday . On the outside, the S III mini may resemble the flagship Galaxy S III, but on the inside, the mini’s hardware features are decidedly at the mid-range level.

Most of the leaked Galaxy S III mini specs were confirmed, including the handset’s 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution (800×480). This gives the mini’s display a pixel density of 233 ppi, which is less than the 305.96 ppi of the Galaxy S III. It also has a 1GHz dual-core processor, which, on paper, is slower than the quad-core processor in the international version of the S III. It also lags in clock-speed when compared to the dual-core 1.5GHz processor of the S III’s US-based, LTE variant.

The mini also includes a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera, which is a downgrade from the 8-megapixel rear shooter and 1.9-megapixel webcam found on the Galaxy S III. One redeeming feature of the S III mini is its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, which includes Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. As is the case with most Android phones this fall, the Galaxy S III mini was announced without a launch date or pricing.

[Via Samsung and CNET]

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