With pre-orders of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini starting we thought an article focused on the crucial features would help those that are still undecided, below we touch on the Galaxy S3 Mini design, screen, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, the power inside this smaller smartphone, and also the main specs and expected release date.
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini screen and overall design – obviously the smartphone has reduced in size slightly, and pretty much looks exactly like the full size Galaxy S3 but loses a little weight and height. This could benefit those smartphone shoppers that loved what the device stood for, curved form factor and stylish home button, but found it too big.
The screen for the Galaxy S3 Mini has a resolution of 480×800 at 4-inches (0.3-inches less) on a Super AMOLED display, which is certainly lacking the high definition feel but should work just fine with mobile gaming and movies.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini specs, power, and OS – you’ll find a 5 megapixel rear camera that can record in 720p, features an LED flash, and also a second camera on the front that sports only a VGA resolution. The internal storage is given in two options, 8GB or 16GB, but there’s always room for more thanks to the ability to expand up to 32GB via the microSD card slot. You’ll also find NFC technology, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, 1GB of RAM, and a 1GHz dual-core processor.
The good news for Galaxy S3 Mini buyers is the fact that this hardware ships with Jelly Bean right out of the box, which is pretty cool considering the flagship smartphone is still waiting and causing some users to threaten never to return to Samsung unless they start to deliver more timely Google Android updates.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini price and release date – the price will be around £300 in the UK, and this should translate to around $350 in the United States once you discount higher taxes in Europe. You can see a listing of Galaxy S3 Mini prices in our earlier article here, which shows a few UK networks and the contract offers that allow you to get the S3 Mini for free but this comes at a price of being locked into a contract, which isn’t a problem for most people.
Samsung hasn’t officially delivered the Galaxy S3 Mini release date, although current rumors point to a launch in early November and the contract offers in the above link state the 2nd of next month for a UK release date. You can see an image below with the full features and specs list in a lot more detail.
Do you feel the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is for you, or do you prefer something a lot bigger like the Note 2? In our opinion the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini delivers all the crucial features for everyday use, and also brings the style of its full size brother in a smaller package.