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Galaxy S3 refresh coming soon, what’s the point of a Galaxy S4 mini?

The Galaxy S3 is reportedly going to be refreshed, with a new model ready to offer a better display, wireless charging and a bigger battery.
March 12, 2013

The Galaxy S4 will be unveiled in two days, but that’s not the only new smartphone Samsung will launch this year. The company is rumored to also release a refreshed Galaxy S3 model that will offer certain improved specs, which only makes us wonder why make a Galaxy S4 mini in the first place?

The new Galaxy S3 version will reportedly feature a better display, wireless charging and a larger 2400mAh battery. The news comes from Russian mobile blogger Eldar Murtazin, famous for his previous leaks related to various mobile products, although he’s not always right in his predictions.

Of course, launching a new Galaxy S3 version, maybe an S3 Plus model, would certainly be something that Samsung would do. After all, the company is still milking the Galaxy S2 cash cow with various updated models.

But since it started making mini models based on the flagship Galaxy S version last year as well, why not rebrand this rumored Galaxy S3 refresh as a Galaxy S4 mini. Won’t the Galaxy S3 basically become a smaller, cheaper version of the Galaxy S4 as soon as the latter starts selling?

We have no idea when this Galaxy S3 refresh will be launched, or how much it will cost once it’s available, but we’ll certainly keep you updated on this particular product in case it does become real.

As for the Galaxy S4 mini, it’s not yet clear whether the device will be unveiled on Thursday or only later this year.