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Samsung Announces Mini-Me Version of Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III got a new sibling today with the introduction of the Galaxy S III Mini. But if you were hoping to simply get the company’s flagship Android smartphone in a smaller package, prepare to be disappointed.

The Galaxy S III Mini is indeed more compact than the Galaxy S III, thanks to a four-inch HD touchscreen (versus 4.8 inches), but its feature set has also been scaled down.

First, the display has a lower resolution of 800 by 480 pixels, compared to the larger device’s 1,280 by 720 pixels. Replacing the main eight-megapixel camera and front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera are five-megapixel and VGA cameras. The Galaxy S III’s dual-core 1.5GHz processor has also been downgraded to a dual-core 1GHz processor.

One thing the Galaxy S III Mini has on its larger, more powerful sibling is that it ships running the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The smartphone will also offer Samsung’s S Voice personal assistant app and the NFC-enabled S Beam feature, which allows you to share music files between Galaxy S III series and Galaxy Note II devices simply by tapping the phones together.

Samsung says the Galaxy S III Mini is designed for consumers looking for a more “practical” smartphone. The company did not announce availability dates or pricing for the smartphone today.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik