Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Coming This Month

Source: Samsung Galaxy S III | Official Website

After Apple opted to feature a bigger screen for its iPhone 5, Samsung decided to take the other way. It was rumored that the South Korean tech giant will develop a smaller smartphone based on its popular Galaxy S series.

Rumored Galaxy S III Mini Event

According to a report by Unwired View, Samsung sent out invitations this week, stating that it will be having an event on Oct. 11. In Germany, the invitation that was rolled out shows “how big small can be.”

An “S” was included in the invitation’s background, which indicates that the product’s name will fall in the Galaxy S branding. It is the same branding that the company has been using for its flagship Android mobile phones for years.

The company’s current flagship smartphone, Galaxy S III, boasts a 4.8-inch display. Apple, on the other hand, increased the screen size of its latest iPhone 5 to 4 inches from the 3.5-inch display that its previous models usually sport.

In relation to this, last week’s reports suggested that Samsung is planning to release a so-called “Galaxy S III Mini.” It is expected that the handset is designed to match the size of iPhone 5. There were also rumors that the device will have a 5-megapixel camera and dual-core processor, and it will run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 5

After it was launched last summer, the Galaxy S III was able to outrank Apple’s iPhone 4S as the top-selling smartphone in the United States. According to Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity, U.S. carriers found that the iPhone sales have been soft prior to the release of its successor. As a result, Samsung’s latest smartphone was able to take the spot.

The Galaxy S III was the top-selling smartphone in Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, while iPhone 4S remained on the top spot in AT&T. However, it’s expected that the reign will be short lived, especially now that the iPhone 5 is already available. Based on Walkley’s note to investors:

We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. market. However, our checks indicated strong consumer interest and likely demand for the iPhone 5, and we believe Apple will return to strong number one smartphone share in the U.S. post the iPhone 5 launch.

In relation to this, the Cupertino-based company’s latest smartphone reached a record sale of hitting 5 million within its first three days of availability.

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