Samsung may be trying to keep specifications and details about the smaller version of the Galaxy S3 secret but a User Agent Profile (UAProf) that surfaced on Samsung Mobile's WAP website not only seemed to confirm the device's existence but also revealed some features.
The UAProf, which is in XML format, suggests this device (model number GT-I8190 and code-named Golden) will run an unspecified version of the Android software. The display is believed to have a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and the phone will use an ARM11 processor. In addition, the report indicates a five megapixel rear-facing camera and two colour options - Ceramic White and Marble Blue.
These specifications match those touted for the rumoured Galaxy S3 Mini, leading to speculation the GT-I8190 device listed above may, in fact, be the mini S3. The Galaxy S3 Mini is expected to have a 4in Super AMOLED display, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) software, a dual-core processor and a five megapixel rear-facing camera.
All these rumoured specs also match an existing model - the Galaxy S (model number I9000) - launched in March 2010. That device too has a 4in (480 x 800 pixels) display, a five megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA quality front-camera. It is powered by a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor and has 512MB of RAM. The handset is available in two versions - with 8GB and 16GB of onboard memory.
The truth should become clear soon. The Galaxy S3 Mini (or something similar) is expected to be announced at an event scheduled for 11 October, for which Samsung has already sent out press invitations.
While we can never really be sure, we believe this will be the final device launched by Samsung this year. However, we also believe Samsung is planning something special for next year, possibly a device with 3GB of RAM.