Samsung Galaxy S3 mini to compete with Apple iPhone 5

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a new version of Galaxy S3 smartphone – the Galaxy S3 mini – to better compete with Apple’s newest smartphone iPhone5 .

The Galaxy S3 mini is a compact version of the flagship Galaxy S3, with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display. The screen size is smaller than the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3, but the same as Apple’s iPhone5.

Galaxy Note2, the new phablet model launched by Samsung, has a 5.5-inch screen.

Except for the screen size, the compact version held most features of the Galaxy S3. The mini model is powered by 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android operating system, featuring a 1GHz dual-core processor.

“The Galaxy S3 introduced a new concept of smartphone that has proven hugely popular around the world. We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the Galaxy S3 mini in a more compact form,” said Shin Jong-kyun, head of Samsung’s IT & mobile communications division.

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 the Samsung Galaxy S3 mini’s camera tracks users’ eyes and keeps the screen lit as long as the users are looking at it.

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