Samsung enraged a lot of people by releasing the Galaxy S3 Mini, but even if the general opinion seems to be that incremental device updates are bad for the market, Sammy is going on with its plan of prepping another such ever so slightly upgraded phone, called the Galaxy Premier.

Initially rumored to be called the Galaxy Nexus 2 and also known by its GT-I9260 codename, the 4.65-incher has been spotted on Picasa, has had a photo leaked, has been benchmarked, and then benchmarked again only to now appear in another pic.

This latest photo is much crisper than the first and it also comes from a more trustworthy source, good ol’ @evleaks Twitter account. Still, we can’t help but hope this is some sort of elaborate hoax, as we have no idea who would Samsung want to target with such a handheld.

To cite another Twitter user commenting on @evleaks’s status, this “looks incredibly like the S3 with a sticker on”. But what’s the point of a downgraded Galaxy S3 with a WVGA screen and a 1,650 mAh battery?

Does Samsung want to make an affordable version of the S3? That’s fine with us, but why not make it smaller if you’re going to equip it with such a meager battery? Not to mention that I think I speak for all of you when I say that instead of an 800 x 480 pix res 4.65-inch screen, a smaller display with a qHD resolution would be much more appreciated.

Sure, this could be also viewed as an upgraded Galaxy Nexus and it does seem to have a snappier chip (dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP) and a better 8 MP camera, but by God, it’s too small of an evolution to count. The only good thing seems to be the running of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, especially that the Premier is rumored to come in December.

Does anyone understand what is Galaxy Premier’s deal? Is it a downgraded Galaxy S3, a slightly upgraded Galaxy Nexus or just a big mistake?

  • andrs08

    i thought it had a 1280×720 screen?

  • Urahara!!

  • MasterMuffin

    Samsung has gone crazy, my next phone isn’t going to be samsung (unless they make something super).

    No offense people :)

    • Alex Cordova

      they have its called the Samsung Galaxy note 2

      • MasterMuffin

        Why if I say anything that doesn’t ass lick samsung, my comment gets disliked!? -.-

        Anyway, yes the note 2 is great but too big for me, one inch off with same specs and stuff and I would scream like a little girl and run to get myself one :) but I’m waiting for the sgs4 to come, if it has something really super in it, that’s the only thing that would make me buy samsung (though I love samsung phones, I’ve had sgs2 and I’m now writing this text with my sgs3 but they’ve really gone crazy!)

        • Alex Cordova

          theres the plus haha, I know what you mean and I can understand and thats what I like about Android Phones period that you have a choice on what you want. If you like smaller phones theirs phones for you. If you like big ones well they got them too. I have been tempted to get the S3 but I think I’m going to wait for the Note 2 as I talk on the phone maybe a couple times during the week the rest is browsing the web, and media consumption. The bigger screen will be perfect for that.

          • MasterMuffin

            Well you have a point, I also don’t talk on phone so often, but I have this “habit” that I always put the phone in my trouser pocket and keep it in there, so if I had the note 2 a) It would look weird :) and b) it would be very uncomfortable to keep it there,, my sgs3 is sometimes too big to keep in trouser pocket (for example, if I haave jeans)

            I like the fact that samsung lets people have sd card and replace battery and I like the design of sgs3 little, but if they don’t do something for the design and build quality also, I’m maybe going to buy the next motorola’s or LG’s flagship phone :)

  • fake !

  • abcd

    i think it comes with exynos 5 dual.

  • Samsung still didn’t push ICS or Jelly Bean to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and instead they make new devices so we should go for new instead of getting update to our old. Im really disappointed on my SGN with a really lousy speaker which makes me to throw this into garbage. Next stop will be definitely LG Nexus or Nexus from other manufactures.