Up until now, the Galaxy S3 has been a relatively premium experience. Both it, its 4G brother, and the Note 2 have carried premium prices, but if you didn’t want to spend that much money and still wanted the phone, there may be something coming just for you.
While a new model is expected to be announced within the next few weeks, the 4.8 inch Galaxy S3 has sold over 30 million around the world.
That’s a lot of phones, but not everyone wants to shell out the same pricetag for a handset.
Shown this week at Samsung’s Forum for the Asia Pacific region, though, the company will be spreading the DNA of its Galaxy series across multiple price points and sizes.
The smallest of these are the Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame, two very similar handsets that boast 3.2 to 3.5 inch screens, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3 or 5 megapixel cameras, as well as Android 4.1, the same version currently running across all of Samsung’s recent mobile range.
In the hands, these feel like tiny chunkier variants of the S3, with similar button placement and the same sort of curved plastic casing.
The screen on these isn’t very good, however, hardly a surprise given these are the “cheap” phones, and have a low resolution (320×480) with weak viewing angles.
Moving a step up, there’s the Galaxy S3 Mini (SIII Mini), which is pretty much what the name says: a smaller version of the S3. This handset takes the similar technology to what’s found inside the current S3, but lowers it a touch to fit inside a smaller shell.
As such, we saw the 4.8 inch screen move down to a 4 inch in this handset, the quad-core chip drop down to dual-core, an 8 megapixel camera change to a 5 megapixel camera, and the resolution drop from 720p to 480×800, the high resolution for 2011.
In the hands, it does feel exactly like an S3, albeit smaller, and for people who don’t know if they need a screen above 4.5 inches.
Another variant, the Galaxy Express, featured a 4.5 inch screen, dual-core chip, NFC, 5 megapixel camera, and featured the high-speed 4G LTE connectivity, and sort of looks to be an S3 themed replacement for its S2 4G.