Samsung has just announced the Galaxy S III mini, a reduced version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. The mini will attempt to convince those looking for a more practical form factor and who finds flagship Android phones too big to handle.
If you liked the Galaxy S III, you are not a technology freak and appreciate the down-to-earth features, this smartphone might be for you. The Galaxy S III mini can bring the performance, the ease-of-use and a now-familiar design to the masses. Here are some arguments to think about this newcomer when shopping for a smartphone.
1. Size and looksLike his big brother, only smaller. The Galaxy S III mini is also inspired by the "natural" looks of the S III: Curved frame, thin profile, nature-inspired home screen, effects and ringtones, etc. It packs a 4 inch Super AMOLED display that should offer a good viewing experience in all conditions, even outdoors. Because of the more compact display, the handset is also easy to grip and use one-hand.
2. Latest version of AndroidThe Galaxy S III mini comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) on-board, so you won't be waiting forever for your carrier to add its bloatware and bring the update to you. You'll enjoy the latest (and smoother) version of Android out of the box, from day one.
3. Command the phone with your voiceThe Galaxy S III mini comes with the same S-Voice technology designed to make interacting with the phone more natural and intuitive. S Voice, the natural language recognition software from Samsung, lets you use your own voice to unlock the phone, play songs, change the volume, make appointments to your schedule, or even take photos. And you may also get Google now if all of this it is not sufficient.
4. Gestures and moreThe Galaxy S III mini also understands your gestures to make using your phone easier and more natural: With Smart Stay, the phone’s camera tracks your eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as you are looking at it. When reading a text message from a friend, Direct Call enables you to automatically dial a call simply by lifting the phone to your ear; and Smart Alert conveniently alerts you to missed calls or messages as soon as you pick up your phone.
5. Easy sharingThe NFC based S Beam technology from Samsung allows for easy pairing your smartphone with another (S Beam equipped) one; just put them one back to the other. This technology lets you share a 10MB music file quickly, in about two seconds (no need to use Wi-Fi or a cellular signal). There's also a "Buddy photo share" function that recognizes your friends faces in the photos that you take with the camera and automatically suggests you to e-mail the pictures to them.
6. Good specificationsThe Galaxy S III mini is nothing short of technical specifications either. On the contrary, it is quite well equipped for a mid-range smartphone. Let's hope its price (still undisclosed) will also be mid-range.
- Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
- Display: 4.0” WVGA Super AMOLED
- Chipset: Dual Core 1GHz
- OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Camera: 5MP AF ＋ LED Flash / VGA Front
- Video: H.264, MPEG-4, H.263, VC-1, SorensonSpark, WMV7, WMV8, Record/Playback : 720p
- Audio: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, OGG(Vorbis), FLAC
- Additional Features:
Game/Video/ Readers/Music Hub
FM Radio (RDS)
- Google Mobile Services:
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads
WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40
Sensor Accelerometer, Digital compass, Proximity, Gyro
8/16GB ROM＋ 8Gb RAM,
microSDup to 32GB
- Dimension: 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm, 111.5 g
- Battery: 1,500 mAh
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