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'Mini' war coming to nearest store

Published: 13th October 2012 11:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2012 11:42 AM   |  A+A-

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In the ever ensuing battle of the tech giants, Samsung Electronics has launched its latest development to combat its opponent, Apple Inc.

In a bid to compete with new iPhone5, and perhaps, the rumoured iPad mini, an improved ‘mini ‘ version of the Galaxy S3 smart phone was released in Germany on Thursday, catering to, what the company says is a large market demand in Europe for a four-inch screen Android device.

The Galaxy S3 mini is a more compact version of the flagship Galaxy S3, improved with a four-inch touch screen, making it 0.8 inches smaller than its predecessor. The screen size though matches that of its competitor, the Apple iPhone 5.

While besides the improved screen size, the ‘mini’ has not much more to boast of, with most of the regular features being carried over, it will however be powered by 4.1 Jelly Bean - the latest version of Android OS - complemented by 1GHz dual core processor. S Voice, the language recognition software, allows users to unlock the phone, play favourite songs or organise schedule with simple voice command.

With Smart Stay feature, the phone’s camera tracks users’ eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as the users are looking at it.

Samsung’s German mobile shop lists the mini’s price at 399 euros ($516) versus 550 euros ($711) for the cheapest S3. However, Indian markets will have to wait an easy three to four months before the latest mini hits our stores.



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