Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: October 11, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening, folks - just one more work day and the glorious weekend is here once again. This afternoon we heard that both the iPad Mini and the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro - neither of which officially exist yet, remember - have been delayed due to problems with component yields, but not long after, analysts were saying that the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is still on track to launch this year. Apple has managed to delay the ban of the iPhone and iPad in South Korea, and we learned that the company's new dock connector is nearly impossible to mod in a new teardown.

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Samsung just dropped the mobile ball

Samsung just dropped the mobile ball

I was wrong. If you've been following along with the strategy Samsung has been working with over the past year, you've noticed that they've been doing rather well the Samsung Galaxy S III as a single hero smartphone across the globe with no design compromises. They've just thrown that all away with the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. In a move that very well could have expanded the power of the Galaxy S III with a little cousin in the Mini, Samsung instead opted to tear off the skin and the nametag from the larger device and place it on a disappointingly low-level afterthought in this newer handset.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini official (and officially disappointing)

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini official (and officially disappointing)

Samsung has officially revealed the Galaxy S III Mini, and our fears have been confirmed: while we hoped for a distillation of the Galaxy S III into a smaller chassis, the new phone has lost charm as well as bulk. Fronted by a 4-inch Super AMOLED display running at a measly WVGA 800 x 480 resolution, the Galaxy S III Mini runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on a 1GHz dual-core processor, with TouchWiz and Google Now.

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