The main difference is that the 4.8-inch screen has been swapped out for a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA (800×480) display. That’s a pixel density of just 233ppi, which is a fair bit less than the 306ppi afforded from the full-size S3. Unfortunately for power users, it’s not just the display that’s been mini-fied here. The processor has been downgraded to a 1GHz dual core, which is less than the 1.5GHz dual core in the NA version of the S3 and it has two fewer cores than the quad core variant in the international S3. Spec-wise, that sounds a lot closer to the S2 family than it does the S3. In fact, unless the price is a fair bit lower, I’d say you’re better off getting an unlocked Galaxy Nexus.
But it doesn’t end there. The Galaxy S3 has an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, but the S3 Mini only has a 5MP main shooter and a VGA front-facing camera. The good news is that the Galaxy S III Mini will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, overlaid with the TouchWiz interface that we’ve all come to expect from Samsung. You can also expect 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microSD expansion, and a 1500mAh battery. No word on pricing or availability.