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Samsung confirms launch of Galaxy S3 'mini' in Europe

Samsung plans to unveil a smaller version of its best-selling smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3, tomorrow in a bid to compete against the early success of Apple's iPhone 5.

The new version, named the S3 'mini' (opens in new tab), will have a 4in screen instead of the 4.8in seen on the original.

Although it will be smaller, the firm insists that the S3 mini will not simply be a budget version of its award-winning predecessor. The device's specs have yet to be confirmed, but some early claims suggest it may be powered by an STE U8420 dual-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz and ship with 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, an 800 x 480 pixel Super AMOLED touchscreen display, and 16GB of internal storage, as well as a microSD slot.

(opens in new tab)The S3 mini is due to be unveiled in Germany tomorrow with speculation that its debut in Britain will be in time for the 4G LTE service launch on 30 October (opens in new tab) by mobile network operators EE.

Samsung is aiming to capture the same market as the popular iPhone 5 (opens in new tab), which ships with 4in screen, slightly larger than the 3.5in of previous iPhone models.

"There's a lot of demand for a 4in screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it 'mini'," said JK Shin, Samsung's head of mobile communications, at a press conference in Seoul.