Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini passes FCC test, may come to U.S. after all

by: Bams SadewoOctober 27, 2012

There isn’t that much buzz surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini after it was officially unveiled, no thanks to the phone’s rather weak specs.

But if you have a thing for a Galaxy S3-lookalike in a smaller form factor, you’ll be happy to hear that the Mini has been deemed safe for usage by FCC. The rendezvous also confirmed that the phone won’t be shipping with a 4G LTE radio.

At the time of its introduction, Samsung said that the company wants to meet the demand for a 4-inch phone in the European market. This – and the lack of 4G LTE – is a sign that it may not be offered in the U.S. anytime soon. The green light from FCC, however, opens a path for the S3 Mini’s future arrival in the country.

Given its strong resemblance to its bigger S3 cousin, the mid-range phone can become a hot item if priced right. As a reminder, the Galaxy S3 Mini packs a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with 800 x 400 resolution, a dual-core 1GHZ NovaThor processor, 8GB/16GB onboard storage, microSD support, 5MP rear camrera, VGA front cam, NFC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

  • Mini Me

    Seriously! The S3 Mini specs are way below that of the Galaxy S2, but the screen size for both devices are the exact same, and I’m guessing it would be more pricey than the S2 device; if not, then maybe the same as it. If it does cost lower than the S2, then okay – fine, at least its cheaper than the S2. But the name S3 Mini is very misleading. I believe this device should justifiably be dubbed the Galaxy S1 1/2 instead for having that of a lower specs than the S2. Regardless of the name S3 Mini, it should at least be classed above, if not, the same spec of the S2 device. Samsung is just wasting production and resources to make useless phones when they could be spending a lot less on advertising more of the Galaxy S2 instead.

    • BEWOS

      they cannot invest in the S2 because recently they lost a lawsuit where apple said they violated several apple patents and the S2 is one of the devices that falls into that category. I for 1 am waiting for a SMALL smartphone with modest specs. I have an HTC aria currently and nothing comes close in size. I think this phone might be a pretty decent compromise but we will have to see it in person. KEEP up the good work samsung