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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini specifications and pictures emerge

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, otherwise known as the GT-I8190, will launch tomorrow but the first pictures of the device, as well as detailed specifications, have emerged today (opens in new tab), courtesy of German website Mobilegeeks. (Note: the top image is that of the Galaxy S3)

The smartphone sports the same hardware as the Samsung Galaxy S, bar the screen size and the system-on-chip. There’s a 4in Super AMOLED display with a 800 x 480 resolution, a dual-core system-on-chip, the ST-Ericsson Novathor U8420 clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, NFC, a 10mm thickness and a front facing VGA camera.

The S3 Mini is expected to come with the same pebble-like features as the S3, just smaller. We would be quite surprised if Samsung was to launch the S3 with these specifications, for a number of reasons.

(opens in new tab)Firstly, at the time of publication, ST-Ericsson doesn’t have a U8420 SoC in its portfolio. Instead, there’s the U8500, which powers the Sony Xperia U.

Furthermore, the phone itself would sport a specification that would cheapen the brand value of the S3, especially when the likes of HTC and Sony have rival phones – like the HTC Desire X or the Xperia Solo - for under £200.

Source: Mobilegeeks (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.