Samsung is set to announce the Galaxy S III Mini tomorrow. This mid-range Android phone is based on the wildly popular Galaxy S III, but comes in a smaller form factor and allegedly features pedestrian parts. The purported specs (via Mobile Geeks) include a four-inch 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a five-megapixel camera, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) wrapped in Samsung TouchWiz.
While a cheaper S III variant was always expected, some pundits and consumers were hoping for a high-end phone with a smaller screen. A four-inch S III with the same tech as the original would have been a direct competitor to the iPhone 5; that would have been a fun battle for tech journalists to watch. As for real people, there are certain consumers that aren’t comfortable using phones with large screens, but want an Android device with top-notch specs. A true S III mini would have been perfect for those users.
Instead, this looks like a good phone for the budget market. For tech enthusiasts, it’s kind of nasty. The 800 x 480 resolution doesn’t cut it in 2012. Super AMOLED — not the “+” or “HD” variant — is dated too. I’m sure it’ll be a decent phone, but I’m also sure that gadget geeks won’t be impressed (if the rumored specs are true).
What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini? Would you get one? Are you disappointed that it’s not a high-end S III in a smaller form factor?