Samsung unveils Galaxy S III Mini smartphone


Details of smaller version of manufacturer’s flagship and popular Galaxy S III handset now revealed

Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, a compact version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III.

The latter, which went on sale on May 29, hit the 20 million global sales milestone 100 days after it was made available, which equated to 200,000 units sold per day.

The Galaxy S III Mini is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and runs the latest version of the Android operating system, Jelly Bean 4.1.

It has a four-inch ‘Super AMOLED’ touchscreen, five megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash and either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, which can be expanded by a further 32GB with a microSD card.

Samsung’s ‘S Voice’ language recognition software is included, enabling a user to unlock the phone with customised demands. Voice recognition can also be used to play a song, adjust the volume or automatically launch the camera.

‘Smart Stay’ enables the phone’s camera to track a person’s eyes and keep the screen lit as long as they are looking at it. When reading a text message, ‘Direct Call’ lets the user automatically call that person by lifting the phone to their ear. ‘Smart Alert’ notifies people of missed calls or messages as soon as the phone is picked up.

The ‘S Beam’ feature allows a 10MB music file to be shared in two seconds by tapping on another S-Beam enabled device, such as the Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II.

Samsung UK and Ireland vice president of its telecommunications and networks division Simon Stanford said: “The award winning Galaxy S III has been extremely well received globally since it launched earlier this year so we are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the same revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence in a mini version.

“We will continue to develop smartphones to cater for a variety of customer needs and this latest release demonstrates our ongoing commitment to offering our customers more choice at every price point.”