Samsung has announced a paired-down, smaller version of its Galaxy S3 smartphone. No details have been provided about when the device will go on sale.
Smartphone giant Samsung has announced a new smartphone: a version of its Galaxy S3 series device called the S3 mini. The new handset, according to TechRadar, runs the software Jelly Bean, which is the latest version of Google's Android operating system.
The S3 mini, which comes just six-months after the S3, has a slightly smaller screen than the S3, of around 4 inches. Other functions include a five megapixel camera (situated on the rear of the 'phone), a VGA camera mounted on the front of the device and a chip that allows contactless payments to be made (a NFC chip).
However, PhoneArena notes, the smartphone is less powerful than the S3 model, having a dual-core chip in place of S3's quad-core chip and the display is of a lower resolution.
With the release Samsung appear to be pitching the smartphone at users who wish to upgrade but do not wish, or cannot afford, the full blown functionality of the S3.