The device has been designed as a more compact version of the manufacturer’s flagship Galaxy S III model and aims to combine ease of use with high performance, while also boasting a nature-inspired design.
It is hoped the handset will appeal to people in search of a more practical smartphone without missing out on any of the benefits of larger models.
Indeed, the Galaxy S III Mini includes a 4.0-inch screen and is powered by Android 4.1.
JK Shin, president and head of the IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, noted the original Galaxy S III has proven a big hit among consumers around the world.
The industry figure said the company is continuing to provide mobile experiences that are suited to different kinds of user needs, adding: “We’re now delighted to bring its revolutionary design, intuitive usability and intelligence to the Galaxy S III Mini in a more compact form.”
Other features of the new phone include S Voice – natural language recognition software – and Direct Call, which allows people to dial a number by simply bringing the device to their ear.