Samsung Unveils 4-inch Galaxy S III Mini: A Direct Challenge to iPhone 5

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The makers of Android smartphones tend to fall into the "bigger is better" camp, but Samsung's shrinking things down in its ongoing war with Apple for the hearts, minds and dollars of consumers worldwide. On October 11th -- tomorrow -- the company plans to launch the Galaxy S III "Mini," a 4-inch version of its flagship Android handset. Here's the kicker: it's only launching in Germany -- at least for now.

"There's a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe," Samsung Mobile head J.K. Shin told reporters at a press conference in Korea. "Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it 'mini.'"

The Galaxy S III mini name itself is a swipe at Apple on a couple of different levels. The Cupertino company's long-rumored iPad mini is reportedly launching later this month, and it's somewhat amusing that Samsung's "mini" is the same size as the normal iPhone5 screen -- which itself gained a half-inch in size compared to the iPhone 4S.

Samsung may be cutting nearly an inch from the Galaxy S III's 4.8-inch display, but that doesn't mean they're trimming off features along with the fat; Shin says the Mini will contain just as many bells and whistles as the full-sized version.

Via The Verge and iNews24

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  • sosa633 Says:

    Like many of you I have been reading all of these "reviews" from people who don't own the device and was unsure on what to do and what I'd be receiving.

    First of all I ordered from Global Mobiles, whom I contacted twice before ordering. Both questions were answered in minutes. Phone same sealed in OEM box. There was also another box that included an adapter to convert the EU plug to US, directions on how to change language to English and instructions on how to setup APN to get HPSA+ speeds. Those weren't quite correct. If you're only getting edge speeds make sure to apply the following settings:

    Name: AT&T
    APN: wap.cingular
    Proxy: leave blank
    Port: leave blank
    Server: leave blank
    MMSC: [...]
    MMS Proxy:
    MMS Port: 80
    APN Type: leave blank

    If you're a Mac user like me, make sure to download Otherwise the device won't show up on your computer.

    This phone simply put is amazing. I like iOS and I now have come to like Android. I don't see one phone as better. They both are great in their own ways. However, if like me you've been using iOS since 2007 or even the last year. The galaxy 3 definitely provides a breath of fresh air.

    I won't get into specs. There is no lag what so ever on the device and it is very fluid.

    As far as S-Voice. For the person that said it only comes in German. I can kind of see their complaint. When you first turn the device on you can set the language to English. However, when you launch S-Voice. It is still in German by default and you have to click the right arrow through several screens of German text before you can change the language. Typically the right arrow is ok/accept, so I was able to guess my way through it. Realistically though one would assume you only need to set the language once so I don't blame them. Again you can set S-Voice to English as well as other languages.

    The 4.8 inch screen is beautiful. Having an iPhone and iPad 3, I find this screen large enough to serve both purposes. I can comfortably browse, watch videos as well as read books.

    The browser is great as well. The larger screen again helps and it is nice that you can take advantage of flash.

    The rear camera uses the same parts as the iPhone 4S so expect similar quality. However, the camera has a ton of settings. Almost as many as stand alone cameras. The front camera on the S3 is higher quality and very crisp. One thing that I hadn't heard mention of was the LED flash. BE CAREFUL. In a completely dark room I literally temporarily blinded myself. In that respect it blows the iPhone 4S away in my opinion so I did get better night pictures.

    I didn't want to get too technical as for many they're just looking for a great screen, fluid OS and great browser / camera. If you have other questions let me know.

  • MoiSoto Says:

    The title of this article is ridiculous.

    Given the fact that the S III mini is less powerful than the S III, how can it be a challenge to the iPhone 5?

    Everyone was expecting the S III mini to be as powerful as the original S III with the iPhone 5 form factor and a similar resolution. Instead they slapped S III series brand in an inferior phone.

    If you want to look at something that is actually a direct challenge to iPhone 5, take a look at the Motorola Razr M. I was expecting that Samsung stepped in and actually upped the ante by releasing a better phone than the Razr M, that more directly competed with iPhone 5. The Razr M is an awesome phone, but it lacks a decent front camera and the resolution is not as good as the iPhone 5.

    Samsung failed to make something at least comparable to the Razr M while giving us a better front face camera and better resolution.

    So, No! There is nothing on the S III that makes you thing it is a direct challenge to anything. It is sad that it will probably sell better than the Razr M when it is obviously such an inferior phone that is taking advantage of the S III series fame.

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