This past Wednesday, Samsung announced that they were to release a device called the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Presumably this meant that the phones would be exactly the same except, of course, for the size. My first thoughts on the device were yes, yes, and yes! I love just about everything about the Galaxy S III, save for the large size, and a mini version is just the solution I was looking for. However, on Thursday, Samsung introduced a completely different device that had me thinking no, no, a thousand times, no.
The Samsung Galaxy S III Mini may carry the same design as its predecessor, but it’s far from having the same internal specs. The Mini will have a 4-inch display, possibly to have a product that will compare in size to Apple’s iPhone 5. The screen resolution of the device will be 800 x 480 pixels, which is quite a dip from the original Galaxy S III’s 1280 x 720 pixel display. The screen display is just a first in many disappointments to follow about Samsung’s new flagship device.
Cameras are a very important function to many when it comes to smartphones, myself included. Unfortunately, the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini’s camera will not be one of its finer selling points as it only has a 5 megapixel camera on the back, and a VGA camera on the front. Comparing that to the Samsung Galaxy S III’s 8 megapixel camera on the back and 1.9 on the front, the message is already becoming clear that these two devices share nothing more than the same name.
If things weren’t already abysmal enough, let’s take a look at the processors. The Samsung Galaxy S III (U.S. version) runs fast and smooth with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Coming up in the rear is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini, running so-so with a 1GHz dual-core chipset from an unannounced manufacturer. I feel like I’m comparing apples and bananas (or Samsungs) at this point…
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