Samsung unveils Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung unveils Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung Electronics, on Friday, unveiled a compact version of its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, with a touch screen sized to match that of arch – rival Apple’s new iPhone 5.

The Galaxy S III Mini has a four inch high – definition touch screen, compared to the 4.8 inch version on its larger Samsung sibling, but the size reduction is offered at a technical price.

The display has a lower resolution of 800 x 480 pixels compared to 1,280 x 720 pixels, the camera is five rather than eight megapixels and the S III’s dual-core 1.5GHz processor has been downgraded to 1GHz.

The company gave no details on pricing or an eventual sales date.

The Mini’s screen is the same size as the iPhone 5 launched last month by Apple, but its reduced feature set makes it more of a corner man in the heavyweight clash between the iPhone 5 and the S III.General Studies Question Bank CD

Legal battle

Samsung and Apple are now embroiled in a bitter legal battle spread over ten countries over alleged patent infringements.

Initial reactions to the new Samsung product were underwhelming.

“The only iPhone it may be capable of beating is the 3GS from 2009,’’ said a review in the Los Angeles Times, which said the Mini’s inability to connect with 4G networks was “unacceptable for any phone trying to be a major player’’.

But some industry analysts said comparisons with the features boasted by top – end smartphones were missing the point.

Samsung unveils Galaxy S3 Mini