Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S III mini quietly reaches U.S. shores, in unlocked GSM form

The smaller sibling of the Galaxy S III has hit the U.S. It hasn't hit the U.S. with a carrier partner, however, as the Samsung Galaxy S III mini is currently available in unlocked form, only.

One place you can find the phone, if you want a 4-inch Galaxy S III instead of the 4.8-inch full-sized model, is There, the device is $419.99 with free shipping.

Before you say, "whoa, that's expensive," remember that this is an unlocked GSM device. $419.99 is actually pretty cheap for an unlocked device without a contract.

The Galaxy S III mini was unveiled in early October. Then, Samsung said it was because of demand for the 4-inch form factor in Europe.

The Galaxy S III mini has a mid-range 800 x 480 resolution (as opposed to its bigger brother's 1,280 x 720), while the GS3's quad-core Exynos processor has been replaced by a dual-core STE U8420 chip running at 1GHz (U.S. GS3s have a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and 2GB of RAM).

The rear-facing camera is only 5-megapixels (vs. 8-megapixels on the GS3) with a VGA front-facing camera. The device does sport 16GB of internal storage.

To be clear, however, users will you’ll be limited to 3G on AT&T’s network and on T-Mobile, users mightg need to work hard to find 3G, considering the nation's No. 4 wireless carrier only recently rolled out HSPA+ on the 1900MHz band.

Don't even think about getting LTE on the device, either. Still, if you want the mini, this is your first chance.

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