Samsung has confirmed that today is the official launch date of the 4-inch Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, the Korean tech giant will be unveiling the new 'Mini' Android smartphone at an event taking place in Germany. Here's the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini's specs.

Sections of the UK technology press are claiming that official Samsung spokespeople have been in contact with them to confirm the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini's specs. The most surprising feature of the S3 Mini is its not so 'Mini' display, which is said to measure in at a sizeable 4-inches. Take a look at Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Apple iPhone 5 comparison review too.

The Samsung spokespeople have also revealed that Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will come equipped with a STE U8420 dual-core 1.0 Ghz processor, which means it will not boast exactly the same performance levels as its big brother. However, it is reported that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will have the same amount of RAM as the 4.8-inch Galaxy S3 (1 GB), and a five megapixel camera instead of the 8 megapixel camera found in the original S3. Visit Samsung Galaxy S3 review.

Furthermore it is understood that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will come equipped with 16 GB of internal storage as well as having an expandable SD card slot, which has the potential to give the S3 Mini an extra 32 GB of storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean preinstalled on the device, which dimensions are expected to be 121.55 x 62.95 x 9.85mm with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. Finally the S3 Mini will include an NFC chip to allow payments to be made with the phone as well as file transfers with other NFC compatible devices. Go to iPad Mini price in UK.

Interestingly Samsung does not seem to be put off by the whopping $1 billion fine US courts slapped them with last month, for copying Apple's designs too closely. In fact, by the looks of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, the $1 billion fine has had the opposite effect as the 4-inch S3 Mini places the Android smartphone in direct competition with the iPhone 5. No doubt Samsung will have another slightly aggressive advertising campaign lined up to point out the areas in which the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 'outspecs' the iPhone 5 - notably the inclusion of a NFC chip (something the iPhone 5 has been widely criticized for not having); having expandable SD storage; full use of the popular Google Maps app; an established charging and file transfer port - to mention just a few.

Another offensively obvious way in which Samsung appears to be gunning for Apple is the naming of the not so mini, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, as it is common knowledge in tech circles that Apple plan to reveal its - years in the planning - iPad Mini a week today (17 October). Surely both companies launching new 'Mini' devices is more than just a coincidence?

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