Verizon adds Galaxy S III Mini and Galaxy S 4 Mini to phone lineup

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We knew Verizon was going to offer the Galaxy S III Mini eventually, but today, they’ve added both the S 4 Mini and S III Mini to their phone selection. It’s a weird move, since they’re both pretty similar phones at similar price points that already have some competition from the now-cheaper Galaxy S III, but I guess more phone selection never hurts. Although, both of these phones appear to have that horrible Verizon logo on the home button, so keep that in mind when looking at these two.

The S 4 Mini has a 4.3 inch screen will run $99.99 after a $50 MIR, and the S III Mini with a slightly smaller 4-inch screen will run $49.99 after a $50 MIR. The specs are identical to what the normal versions of these phones have, so aside from the home button, Verizon hasn’t done much to tinker with either device.

source: Verizon Wireless

AT&T to begin selling Samsung Galaxy S III Mini on September 27th

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Yep, you read that right. AT&T will soon offer the Galaxy S III Mini, not the Galaxy S 4 Mini, by the end of the month. It’s kind of a strange move, but the asking price is just $.99, so it’s definitely going to be a popular option for budget-conscious consumers. Of course, with a budget price you’re going to get budget specs, as the S III Mini is sporting the same specs it did when it was announced last November. You’ll get a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, and a decent 4 inch AMOLED screen.

If you’re interested, you can preorder the device on the 19th, and it will be available for purchase on September 27th.

source: AT&T

Samsung working on three devices as part of Project J

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More news from the folks over at SamMobile indicates Samsung’s Project J actually constitutes three devices. According to previous reports, Project J was the code name for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Over the past few months as we have watched for information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, we have seen the Galaxy S IV referred to as Project J, Altius and by the model number GT-I9500. The assumption has been that Project J referred to that one device, the Galaxy S IV. Based on upcoming accessories, SamMobile now reports the code name actually refers to three devices.
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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini coming to T-Mobile as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit

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Recent top-tier phones from Samsung have managed to propagate to major U.S. and international carriers while retaining their model names, like the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As one moves down into the mid-tier range, we are starting to see carriers renaming Samsung devices to be more carrier specific. The most recent example is the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini which has surfaced on the FCC web site in a filing for T-Mobile with the model name listed as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit. US Cellular has released the same phone with the Samsung Galaxy Axiom name.

Apparently originality in names is not a major requirement for carriers seeking to bring a new product to market, even one like the Galaxy S III Mini with its scaled down hardware and price tag relative to its “bigger” sibling. In the past carriers have branded devices as the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G, the Samsung Exhibit II, and the Samsung Exhibit 4G.

source: FCC

via: Unwired View

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Adds NFC, Going On Sale This Month

 

Samsung announced it will release a Galaxy S III Mini with NFC in the UK. And it will do so soon. Samsung said it will be available this month so our Brit buds will get their chance at the S III Mini within the next ten days. I guess Sammi figured the Mini should probably have S Beam capabilities after it had featured the easy-sharing capability in so many of its ads.

The S III Mini is a sort-of shrunk down version of the Galaxy S III, however, the specs were reduced along with the screen size. The Mini has a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 single GB of RAM and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This can’t really be considered an update since the specs are identical to the Mini without NFC. The device is a decent option for those looking for a smaller mid-tier phone but the “S III” name is a bit misleading.

Press Release after the break


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Renders reveal new colors for Samsung Galaxy S III mini

Back in November we reported on plans by Samsung to produce the Samsung Galaxy S III mini in some new colors. Today new renders were released showing three new colors for the devices: Titanium Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. These three colors will join the White version. We do not have any information on when these different versions will be available or which carriers may make them available.

source: SamMobile

Apple dropping patent claims against Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini

Apple has decided to drop the litigation it has against Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini smartphone due to the fact that Samsung isn’t planning on selling the device in the US market. With Apple’s raging pen war against Samsung’s other top devices, this is hardly a win for Samsung. At this point, I’m sure Samsung will take what they can get.

Apparently Apple didn’t see the need in including the S III Mini in the fight as long as the sales wont affect the much important US market.

The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California is Apple Inc. vs. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al., 12-630.

source: Reuters

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini to land on US Cellular as the Galaxy Axiom

Samsung seems to be taking over the world (or galaxy?) with yet another smartphone set to be released, this time on US Cellular. The phone leaked by @evleaks is reportedly called the Galaxy Axiom, which is basically a renamed variant of the Galaxy S III Mini, sporting the same 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a measly 4 gigabytes of onboard storage. This phone will take advantage of US Cellular’s growing LTE network and will run Android 4.0 with Samsung’s Nature UX skin on top (you aren’t surprised are you?). As for cameras, it will have a 5 megapixel shooter on the back with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for some fairly decent video-chatting capabilities. All in all, not a bad little offering from Samsung for US Cellular subscribers. If the price is right, this thing could be a hit!

Anyone out there interested in picking this little guy up?

Source: @evleaks

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini open source code posted

Yesterday we reported on Samsung posting open source code for their Galaxy Tab 2 devices and AT&T’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Samsung’s developers have continued their work today, making available the code for the new Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. Those interested in grabbing the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean code for the device can head over to the Samsung Open Source Release Center to find their copy. With this code now available, we expect it will not be long before the modders start releasing tweaks to the firmware, new ROMs based on the code, or even incorporating some Android 4.2 features for use on the Galaxy S III Mini.

source: Samsung Open Source Release Center
via: Android Police

Carphone Warehouse reveals Galaxy S III Mini pricing, starts at £25 monthly

Samsung recently announced a little brother to its flagship phone, the Galaxy S3 Mini. Retailers have offered bits and pieces of information about pricing and availability on the bite-sized handset, and now Carphone Warehouse is following suit. Similar to other retailers, Carphone Warehouse will be offering the device SIM-free for under £300, or about $480.96. They will also offer on-contract pricing starting at £25 per month, or about $40, with the device free.

It’s not an expensive device, but it’s going to face some stiff competition from Google’s Nexus 4 and its $299 price tag. I think its best market will be consumers who want a capable device, but don’t want the huge screens that are on nearly every flagship phone available, and appreciate an SD card slot and removable battery. Anyone going to be picking one of these up? Let us know in the comments. Hit the break for full press release.


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