The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini officially saw the light of day today and comes in just shy of £300. For that you get a 1Ghz Dual Core processor, 8GB of storage, a 5 megapixel camera and Jelly Bean. It looks great, which means I like that it looks like the original S3, and I guess the specs are acceptable for the price. Will be interesting to see how Jelly Bean runs with less power underneath it.
The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is the latest handset to be added to the highly popular range of Samsung Android handsets. Offering Jelly Bean at an entry-level price, this handset gives Android fans (or newcomers) the chance to get their hands on the latest version of Google's OS without too much of a splash.
Borrowing from the form factor of its larger sibling, the S3 mini features the iconic desing that has also been applied to the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Both the S3 and Note 2 are large screened devices, measuring 4.8" and 5.5" respectively. To give those that prefer a slightly smaller display a slice of the Galaxy action, Samsung has therefore released the S3 mini, which has a more modestly sized 4" Super AMOLED screen with a WVGA resolution.
The processing power of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini would have had it top of the pile less than two years ago. It runs on a dual-core processor with the CPU clocked at 1GHZ, with 1GB RAM.
The Note 2 was the first OEM handset to launch with the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the S3 mini continues this trend, running Android 4.1 out of the box. It'll also have Samsung's TouchWiz skin on top, which includes specially developed features from Samsung such as Smart Stay, which stops your display from sleeping whilst you are looking at the handset.