Samsung launches Galaxy S3 mini in Germany

Telecom Lead Asia:Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S3 mini smartphone has the same screen size as the Apple iPhone 5.Samsung said the mini will be launched in Europe later this month but kept mum on schedules for other countries.
Samsung launches Galaxy S3 mini in Germany

The product is available in Samsung’s German mobile shop for $516.

Galaxy S3 mini does not support 4G networks. The phone will be available in 8GB and 1GB variants, which will support microSD card up to 32GB.

Features of Galaxy S3 mini:


  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Connectivity options include NFC, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and S Beam
  • 1GB RAM

Meanwhile, Samsung did not share launch plans for India.

On Thursday, Gartner predicted that Samsung’s brand strength in India and wide device portfolio has allowed it to take advantage of the high growth opportunities in Indian market. Samsung’s share has risen from 15 percent in 1Q11 to 49.8 percent in 2Q12. If Samsung continues this strong growth, it could end 2012 with more than 60 percent share — exactly where Nokia was at the start of 2011.

Some of these local and Chinese manufacturers are building capabilities, distribution and brand to compete with the big global players as they are preparing to compete at a larger level covering broader consumer segments. Manufacturers such as ZTE, Micromax, Karbonn Mobile, Huawei stand at sixth, seventh and twelfth in the Indian smartphone market in 1H12 and are constantly expanding their smartphone portfolio to compete at a larger level with big global manufacturers Samsung and Nokia which held the first and second position respectively.

Mobile device sales in India are forecast to reach 251 million units in 2013, an increase of 13.5 percent over 2012 sales of 221 million units. The mobile handset market is expected to show steady growth through 2016 when end user sales will surpass 326 million units.


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