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Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy S2 Plus scheduled to hit stores in late 2012?

August 20, 2012

Samsung has just released two high-end new Android devices, the Galaxy S3 smartphone and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, and it’s getting ready to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 at IFA 2012. But the company is also working on other devices rumored to be launched this year, and we have details on two interestingly-named ones, the Galaxy S3 Mini and the Galaxy S2 Plus.

Sam Mobile reports that these two devices are scheduled to hit in late 2012, but we’re not shown any proof that would document their existence.

Furthermore, the publication suggests that the Galaxy S3 Mini would cost around 250 Euro while the Galaxy S2 Plus will be priced around 300-400 Euro, which is definitely curious. Would Samsung release such devices? Would a device that’s basically an improved 2011 Galaxy S2 cost more than a Mini version of this year’s hottest Android handset in town. That’s hardly conceivable, but we’ll go along with the rumor for now because it’s not unimaginable to see Samsung release at least one more Android handset that will take on directly the iPhone 4S – the current Apple flagship handset will most likely be discounted by $100 once the iPhone 5/6 hits stores in September.

In fact, the publication says that the Galaxy S3 Mini is expected to compete against the iPhone 4S and it will feature a 5-megapixel camera, dual-core processor and 4-inch Super AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution.

Details for the Galaxy S2 Plus were not available in the initial article, but then Sam Mobile quickly posted, then pulled an article entitled “This is the Galaxy S II Plus” based on information retrieved from a Spanish site called VTR.

While we have no idea why the post got deleted so fast, it does mention rumored specs and features for the handset and provides images of this so-called Galaxy S2 Plus(above) – we will note that this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the Galaxy S2 Plus rumor, with Samsung having previously been said to launch such a device ahead of the Galaxy S3. We’ll be waiting for more details on either model, in case they’re real, but in the mean time here are the briefly-rumored specs and features for the Galaxy S2, as they appeared in that article:

  • Android: Android 4.0
  • Screen: 4.5” AMOLED screen
  • Processor: 1.5 Dual-core
  • Camera: 8 Megapixel
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Micro SD: Yes

From the looks of it, and again, assuming these are believable details, the Galaxy S2 Plus seems to be a bit higher-end than the Galaxy S3 Mini. Would Samsung pull such a move? Or is it possible that the Galaxy S3 Mini and the Galaxy S2 Plus are actually the same phone? We’re going to stop speculating on baseless rumors for now, but let’s hear more from you guys! Anyone excited about these mid-ranged devices reportedly set to hit stores in time for Christmas?