When Samsung announced the Galaxy S III Mini on October 11, we were massively underwhelmed. We expected a handset that would offer all of the great features you get with the Korean company’s flagship smartphone, only in a smaller, cheaper package. But instead, we got a device with entry-level specifications that sports a mid-range price tag.
The Samsung Galaxy Premier is the device the Galaxy S III Mini should have been. Announced by Samsung today, it doesn’t look too dissimilar to the original Galaxy S III, and it only makes a small number of modest sacrifices in an effort to become more affordable.
It offers a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor, which should be plenty fast enough for almost anything you throw at it; 1GB of RAM; Bluetooth 4.0; and NFC communication. The display is slightly smaller than the Galaxy S III’s at 4.65 inches, but it’s still a Super AMOLED panel that offers a 1280×720-pixel resolution.
As for the cameras, those haven’t been messed with at all; the Galaxy Premier offers an 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing one. It ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed, which will have Samsung latest TouchWiz user interface laid over the top.
So far, the Galaxy Premier has only been announced in Ukraine, where it will sell for 5,555 Ukrainian hryvinas in November. That roughly translates to $680, but something tells me it won’t be quite that expensive when (or if) it comes to the United States.
What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Premier?