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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini launch – What can we expect?

Samsung is set to debut a mini version of its hugely popular Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone today. The 4-inch version of its flagship phone could be a direct contender for Apple’s iPhone 5, which also boasts a 4-inch screen.

The South Korean firm says that the Galaxy S3 Mini is an attempt to capitalise on the popularity of smaller devices.

JK Shin, head of mobile communications, at a press conference in Seoul, Samsung’s world headquarters said:

“There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.’,”

The device is due to be unveiled in Germany today, with a UK launch predicted to come in time for the rollout of 4G LTE by Everything Everywhere on 30 October.

Galaxy S3 Mini specs

Though specs and features for the device are yet to be confirmed, the device is expected to be shipped with the latest Android OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and be powered by a STE U8420 dual-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz, with 1GB of RAM.

It is also set to come with a decent 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot that could see the storage figure expanded considerably.

A Super AMOLED touchscreen display is also set to feature with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, and the model is expected to house one rear-facing 5MP camera.

Galaxy S3 Mini: Will it be a hit?

The fact that the Galaxy S3 recently hit the 20 million sales mark bodes well for the mini version. The invite for the launch event said that users would need to “get ready for a little sensation”.

Although the device could be seen as a downgrade from the full-sized Galaxy S3, with a less powerful processor and a lower spec battery at 1500mAh, if the market is veering towards smaller devices, Samsung may still be on to a winner.

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