Samsung confirmed today with both The Verge and Engadget that it will launch a Galaxy S III Mini smartphone, beginning with a launch event in Germany tomorrow. The device features a 4-inch display Super AMOLED display, 800-by-480 pixel resolution, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and a 5-megapixel camera.
Samsung is launching this smaller version of the Galaxy S III because of high demand for devices with 4-inch displays in Europe, although the South Korean handset maker notes that users will still receive full form factor.
“We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on the 11th in Germany,” said JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications. “There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.’”
Apple most recently introduced the iPhone 5 with a 4-inch Retina display, so Samsung’s new Galaxy S III Mini targets that smartphone and helps rid the argument that the full-sized Galaxy S III is simply too large. Apple is also rumored to invite members of the press to an iPad Mini special event later today, so we have a couple new miniature devices that appear to be in the pipeline to look forward to.