Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini Is Officially A Downgrade

We got really excited yesterday when we heard there would be a miniaturized Galaxy S III coming. Our excitement didn't last long when a second rumour hinted that the specs wouldn't be anywhere close to the original S III. We held out some hope that the second rumour might be wrong. Sadly, it wasn't.

The Galaxy S III Mini will have a 4-inch screen at 800x480 pixels. That's 233ppi (pixels per inch), down from 306ppi on the original galaxy. The processor is a dual-core unit clocked at 1GHz, down from the dual-core S4 on the North American Galaxy S III which is clocked at 1.5GHz, and down even further from the quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor on the international version. RAM drops from 2GB to 1GB, the battery drops from 2100mAh to 1500mAh, and the camera drops from 8MP to 5MP.

With that list of changes, you might wonder why it bears the Galaxy S III name at all. Perhaps it wants to ride on the coattails of the successful Galaxy S III. The one advantage here is that the Galaxy S III Mini will be launching with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the gates. But we still think you're better off doing some hand-yoga and buying the bigger one.

We'll let you know as soon as we hear about Australian availability. Are any of you actually still eager to get it? [Samsung]

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