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Samsung officially unleashes Galaxy S3 Mini

After confirming the device earlier this week, Samsung has officially launched a 4in version of its massively popular Galaxy S3 handset. But, moniker aside, the device falls rather short of its namesake’s specs.

The Galaxy S3 mini sports a similar rounded shape as its predecessor, but is considerably less powerful. It will run on a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz and features 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory (upgradeable to 32GB through a microSD slot), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 1,500mAh battery. The rear camera is a 5-megapixel one, unlike the 8-megapixel one on the full-sized S3.

Dimensions-wise, the miniature handset measures 12.55 x 63 x 9.85mm and weighs in at 111.5g.

In other words, it hardly stacks up against the Galaxy S3 in terms of hardware, instead appearing to be more similar to the Galaxy S2. One notable advantage the device has, however, is that it will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, putting it one step ahead of the larger S3, which is still running on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.