Note: This is a guest post written by Nancy Perkins
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Samsung has officially revealed Galaxy S3 Mini, also known as the GT-I8190, after rumors of the South Korean company releasing a smaller little brother to the flagship Galaxy S3 smartphone surfaced online
A first concrete look at the new Samsung phone emerged from the German site MobileGeeks.de, complete with specifications and side-by-side comparisons with the original A day later, CNET came up with a similar review based on the specifications later confirmed by Samsung.
According to the specification sheet, the device will come with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display with an 800 by 400 pixel resolution and 16.67 million colors.
With lesser pixel density than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3, the mini version will have 233 pixels per inch (ppi) of display, 72.96 pixels less than its full-sized counterpart (305.96 ppi), which is still well within range for four-inchers.
Measuring 4.8 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.39 inch and weighing a little over 110 grams, the curved Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini looks almost identical to the premium Samsung model. Future users can expect a sleek and glossy finish particular to the Galaxy series; however, color variations and actual materials used for the phone’s shell haven’t been confirmed yet.
It will also feature a multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen and will run on an STE U8420 dual-core processor clocked at 1.0 GHz, obviously smaller than the quad-core processor sported by the international version of the S3 and the 1.5 GHz dual-core LTE model available in the U.S. Shooting functions also see a big departure from the original’s 8-megapixel rear-facing camera as Samsung brings it down to only 5 megapixels; while users are to be welcomed to the S3 Mini by a front-facing VGA camera instead of the 1.9-megapixel seen from the previous version. Autofocus and LED flash on the S3 and the S3 Mini are still the same, so hardcore Samsung fans can still pretty much enjoy the same quality photos better than ideal.
Poised to tap various 3G networks worldwide, the new smartphone offers connectivity at HSPA bands 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 bands. It offers no LTE support, simply put, so U.S. users can skip this one.
The new S3 Mini comes in 8GB and 16GB versions, but the memory is expandable up to 32GB. It will sport the most recent Android version, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), and will contain most of the phone maker’s signature services and features like the TouchWiz interface, the S Beam (NFC file sharing), and S Voice (Samsung’s answer to Siri). Other features include Bluetooth 4.0 and a DLNA sharing, which connects the phone to a capable device like a DLNA compliant TV for media sharing.
Users need to keep their chargers handy though, because some of the features can quickly drain up the 1,500 mAh battery that comes with the unit, which is a notable downgrade from the 2,100 mAh battery of the original. However, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini should still perform outstandingly as a personal or as a business phone even without the tip-top speeds similar to the normal S3.
Note: This guest post was written by Nancy Perkins