The South Korean company Samsung has in Germany during a news conference S3 Galaxy Mini

JK Shin, president of Samsung Mobile, has already announced a few days ago the new smartphone from Samsung during an informal meeting with South Korean journalists. “There is strong demand for devices with 4-inch screen in Europe,” he said. Shin did not elaborate on the features and benefits of their hardware, and their differences and similarities to the current Galaxy S3. What seems clear is that the new ‘Mini’ is a device primarily focused on the European market and a cheaper alternative to Apple’s iPhone 5.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini against the new iPhone 5

For many analysts, the arrival of a version of four-inch Galaxy S3 is a “weapon” to compete against Apple and its new iPhone 5, also four inches. Although the technical characteristics of the new Mini Galaxy S3 are below the new device the Cupertino company, the price will be significantly lower, which can “pacify” the fever that exists in Europe for purchasing the Apple smartphone.

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Patent war between Samsung and Apple

The war between Samsung and Apple transcends commercial rivalry and extends to the courts, where it holds a patent war between the two companies. The last chapter of this war is the announcement of the South Korean company to include the new iPhone 5 in this legal battle. Samsung claims that Apple’s smartphone violate eight of its patents and requested that their marketing is paralyzed.

And performance measures

With measures 62.95 x 121.55 x 9.85 mm, a weight of 115.5 grams – 133 grams the Galaxy S3 – and a back cover made of polycarbonate, the Galaxy S3 Mini is based on the Android 4.1 operating system Jelly Bean crowned Touchwiz interface, traditional Samsung mobile devices. It is also equipped with a 4-inch Super AMOLED with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and has the ability to display up to 16.67 million colors.

Features of the new Galaxy S3

STE processor also incorporates a dual-core U8420 1.0 GHz reminiscent of Samsung Galaxy S2, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash, VGA front camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory expandable via micro SD – also offer a new 8 GB – Support 14.4/5.76 HSPA 900/1900/2100, EDGE / GPRS 850 / 900/1800/1900, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi a / b / g / n 2.4 / 5 GHz, DLNA, micro USB port, audio jack of 3.5 mm and 1,500 mAh battery.

Price and release date

Its retail price will be between 450 euros and 550 euros, and its release date is scheduled for October 29, 2012. The Galaxy S3 Mini will be available in white and blue, and there will be a version with NFC (Near Field Communication), and one without this technology.