Samsung has confirmed it will launch a smaller version of its Galaxy S3 smartphone on Thursday named the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, as the firm continues to broaden its portfolio of high-end Android devices.
Speaking to Korean news website Inews24.com, JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile division, let slip that the company will be launching a 4in variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 at an event in Germany on Thursday.
Shin was keen to point out, however, that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will not be a low-end handset, adding that the launch comes because "there's a lot of demand for a 4in screen device in Europe", possibly a nod to the early success of Apple's iPhone 5.
There's no word on other specifications yet, but speculation suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will feature the same 1.4GHz quad-core processor as its bigger brother, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and a microSD slot.
As with the majority of Samsung phones, it's likely that its screen will use Super Amoled display technology and it's likely to run on Android Jelly Bean 4.1, as it's the newest device from the firm.
Samsung's UK team told us "there's nothing to announce relating to this product for the UK," suggesting that it won't be coming to the UK market straight away. But it is likely it will launch in time, given the success of the larger device.
There's no word on pricing or release dates yet either, but we'll have more after the announcements from Germany on Thursday.
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