Samsung unveils smaller Galaxy S III

Samsung unveils smaller Galaxy S III

Korean tech giant Samsung has unveiled a smaller version of the Galaxy S III smartphone, which will be known as the Galaxy S III Mini.

As the name suggests, the device is not as large as its predecessor, but according to the firm it "brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the Galaxy S III to an elegant, compact smartphone with a four-inch screen".

Simon Stanford, Samsung vice president for the UK and Ireland, said: "The award winning Galaxy S III has been extremely well received globally since it launched earlier this year so we are thrilled to be able to offer our customers the same revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence in a mini version.

"We will continue to develop smartphones to cater for a variety of customer needs and this latest release demonstrates our on-going commitment to offering our customers more choice at every price point."

It will run with the latest version of Google's Android operating system, Android Jelly Bean, and will come with a dual-core processor. This is not as powerful as the original S III, which boasts a quad-core processor.

The operating system has fast, fluid and smooth graphics along with a new Google Search experience, which features Google Now. The new application will help those who use the device for corporate purposes as it will provide them information before it is even asked.

And though the S III Mini is smaller than the regular model, it's slightly thicker, measuring 9.85 millimetres, compared with the S3's 8.6 millimetres.

JK Shin, president and head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said: "The Galaxy S III 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 S III Mini in a more compact form.

"We continue to make every effort to provide extraordinary mobile experiences to meet a wide variety of user needs," he concluded.