It was at the end of last week that an invitation to a Samsung event in Frankfurt, Germany was leaked, and after some translation, the event it talked about was deemed to be for the Galaxy S III Mini. We thought it was odd at the time, given the invitation was only circulating in German, and Samsung made no mention of it being an “Unpacked” event – its preferred name for device launches.
It turns out that our concerns were unfounded, as Samsung’s head of mobile communications has told the Korean press that it is for the launch of the Galaxy S III Mini after all. Our Korean is a bit rusty, and Google Translate isn’t helping much, but according to TheVerge, Samsung’s JK Shin says “We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on 11 October in Germany. There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, we call it ‘mini’.”
Whether this means it will have a different specification to the full size Galaxy S III, we’re not sure, but if it does remain the same quad-core powerhouse, then it will be another serious competitor to the iPhone 5 – as not everyone wants their high-end smartphone to come with a 4.8-inch screen. Here’s hoping for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to come pre-installed too.
An exact time for the event hasn’t been provided, but we’ll have all the details as soon as Samsung make them official. Will this be the only “mini” device we see announced this month?