Earlier today, we reported that JK Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, had confirmed to reporters in Korea that the company will be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III ‘Mini’ handset in Germany on Thursday, October 11. But before Samsung’s press event has even started, the handset’s specifications have been leaked.
German website MobileGeeks claims to have obtained details of the device, which features the model number GT-I8190. According to the report, the Galaxy S III Mini will sport a WVGA 800 x 480 Super AMOLED display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM.
It’s expected to feature a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing camera, and 16GB of internal storage. In addition to a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The device will reportedly ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed, with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface over the top.
As for its size, the Galaxy S III Mini is expected to measure in at 121.55 x 62.95 x 9.85 mm, according to the report. And could be priced around €399 ($513).
These specifications don’t look bad, but I have to admit, they’re certainly not what I was hoping for. Shin insisted the Galaxy S III Mini would not be an “entry-level” device, suggesting it would boast impressive internals like its bigger brother, just packed into a smaller shell with a smaller display.
However, if these details are correct, this certainly isn’t a high-end Android smartphone. MobileGeeks does admit that the information may not be 100% accurate, however, so we’ll wait until it’s confirmed by Samsung on Thursday before we cast our final opinion.