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Samsung officially launches the Galaxy S III Mini with a 4-inch display, 1GHz processor

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Samsung Galaxy S III mini
Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Samsung has been talking up the new Galaxy S III Mini smartphone this week, and now it has been officially unveiled at an event in Germany. Though the Galaxy S III Mini carries the vaunted Galaxy S III name and is said to be a competitive smaller device, in reality, it's just another mid-range smartphone like many others that Samsung has released in the past. As rumored, the device has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 800 x 480 display, plus a dual-core 1GHz processor — not exactly the high-end specs that the original Galaxy S III contains.

The camera has also been downgraded, from eight megapixels on the Galaxy S III to five megapixels on the Galaxy S III mini, while the front-facing camera now only supports VGA resolution. Yet another surprising omission is the lack of LTE connectivity onboard. The phone's most redeeming quality is probably the fact that it comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, though that should be par for the course at this point. Overall, we're quite surprised to see the company sully its premiere Galaxy S III branding with this decidedly mid-range, heavily compromised handset — it's a relative to the Galaxy S III in name and appearance only.