The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has been officially announced by the South Korean firm. This is a 4-inch handset that comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There have been several speculations regarding this phone, but all those rumors have now ended with the official announcement of this phone.

The Galaxy S3 Mini is basically a smaller brother of Samsung’s flagship phone – the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S3 Mini comes with a 4-inch, 480 x 800 Super AMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8/16GB of internal memory, 5MP rear camera with LED flash, microSD card slot, and a 1,500mAh battery.

The Galaxy S3 Mini is smaller and lighter than the original S3, but it is slightly thicker. This phone would be comfortable to hold on to, if you think that S3 is a bit bulky.

The chart below compares the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini.

Galaxy S3 vs mini

DeviceSamsung Galaxy S3Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Display TypeHD Super AMOLEDSuper AMOLED Screen
Resolution1280 x 720800 x 480
Screen Size4.8-inch4.0-inch
MultitouchYesYes
CPU1 GHz Quad-core1.4 GHz Dual-core
RAM1 GB1 GB
Internal Memory16/32/64 GB8/16 GB
CardsmicroSD upto 64GBmicroSD upto 16GB
Rear camera8 Megapixel5 Megapixel
Front camera1.9 MegapixelVGA
Video recording1080p at 30FPS720p at 30FPS
FeaturesLED flash, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Face detection, Image stabilizationLED flash, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Face detection
USBMicroUSB v2.0MicroUSB v2.0
Bluetoothv 4.0v 4.0
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
NFCYesYes
SensorsAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, RGB Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Barometer, CompassAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor
GPSYesYes
OSAndroid  v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
InterfaceTouchWizTouchWiz
Weight133 g111.5 g
FMYesYes
ColorsWhite, blue, brown, red, black, greyWhite
BatteryLi-Ion 2100 mAhLi-Ion 1500 mAh

As we can see in the above table, the Galaxy S3 Mini doesn’t pack a punch like the Galaxy S3. But this phone would be suitable for those who want a smaller device and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience.

Samsung is yet to announce the availability and pricing of the Galaxy S3 Mini, but we are sure that it will have an affordable price tag to attract customers during the holiday season.