Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini successor rumored for late May, early June

By on April 18, 2013, 6:30 PM

Samsung is reportedly preparing even more Galaxy phones for launch in the immediate future, this time an update to last year's Galaxy S3 Mini. Although the company hasn't said anything about the devices yet, Dutch site TechTastic found a couple of new models buried on Samsung's website and one is named just as you'd expect it to be if it was an S3 Mini refresh: the GT-I9190 and GT-I9195 (the S3 Mini is GT-I8190).

Obviously official information isn't available yet, but the rumor mill's consensus is that one will be called the S4 Mini (shocking) and the other will ship as the S4 Mini Duos. Both will take a hit in specs over the standard S4, but the former will be closer than the latter, packing a 4.3-inch 960x540 display, a quad-core processor and an 8MP camera, up from the S3 Mini's a 480x800 screen, dual-core chip and 5MP camera.

The Mini Duos will at the very least have a weaker processor with half the cores of its sibling and it's also said to be aimed at markets where dual-SIM functionality is heavily used. And that's about all we think we know, though it's safe to assume that both devices will have Android 4.2.2 with Samsung's TouchWiz interface. Black and white models are a given, but the S3 Mini has surfaced in red and floral print.

Pricing and availability are unavailable of course, but there's no apparent reason why Samsung wouldn't stick with the $400ish territory for the standard S4 Mini, which puts it a couple hundred bucks behind its full-powered counterpart. Common sense also suggests that the devices will be coming soon if they're cropping up on Samsung's site and many believe that the company is preparing for a late May, early June launch.




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JC713 JC713 said:

If the S4 Mini is like the S3 in terms of specs, it will fail.

MilwaukeeMike said:

If the S4 Mini is like the S3 in terms of specs, it will fail.

Depends... maybe it's not meant for the US. Perhaps they mean to sell it in China or India where personal incomes are lower and people don't have extra money. Even the US has a ton of low cost phones available. Look at the page of choices for phones from a major carrier. There are many options for $50 or even free with a contract.

People say Samsung has too many products, but the goal for a company is to be able to market to everyone. I'll bet Samsung would love to let people build their own phones like Dell lets you build your computer. Imagine how many they'd sell if you could pick your features?

Anyway... the number one criticism I remember hearing about the S3 was that it was too big to use in one hand.

1 person liked this | Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Now a 4.3 inch screen, back into Mobile Phone territory again

Mbloof said:

Now a 4.3 inch screen, back into Mobile Phone territory again

Indeed! I really don't know what hands/pockets these monsters that keep getting released are intended for but surely not mine!

While the smaller form will likely include a smaller battery, hopefully the power savings of the smaller screen will be larger than the reduction in size.

mojorisin23 mojorisin23 said:

Now a 4.3 inch screen, back into Mobile Phone territory again

Indeed! I really don't know what hands/pockets these monsters that keep getting released are intended for but surely not mine!

While the smaller form will likely include a smaller battery, hopefully the power savings of the smaller screen will be larger than the reduction in size.

EXACTLY!!! I dont know why people think big is better. the S4 is like an amazon kindle fire. I dont need anything that big. I have an iphone 5 which is the maximum size I will ever buy in a phone.

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