Samsung introduces mini version of top-seller Galaxy S III

Miniature versions of best-selling products are the tech trend du jour. Samsung Thursday jumped on board by introducing a down-sized Galaxy S III smartphone.

One of the main critiques of the Galaxy S III is its 4.8-inch display, which can be unwieldy for users with pint-sized hands.

Like its big brother, the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S III mini runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, but the mini has 1GB of RAM compared to the larger version’s 2GB, a weaker battery, 1,500mAh to the Galaxy S III’s 2,100mAh, and a 5-megapixel camera. That's down from the S III’s 8 megapixels.

So, it’s not an exact mini version of the Galaxy S III.

The mini’s specs began trickling out Wednesday night , so the phone’s announcement wasn’t exactly a surprise.

The phone does include many of the Galaxy S III’s features, including S Voice recognition software, Smart Stay tracking, and S Beam sharing.

No release date or price has yet been announced.

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