After hearing that the Galaxy S3 would get a mini sidekick, it did not take long for Samsung to burst our bubble of excitement – especially after several leaks revealed that the Galaxy S3 Mini would only be packing a dual-core CPU clocked at 1GHz. This led to our assessment of just how big of a disappointment the 4-inch phone was turning out to be.

You see, we were hoping that Samsung would not dilute the Galaxy S3 name by equipping the smaller variant with a quad-core Exynos CPU or something similarly fast. What we got instead was a phone that aesthetically looks similar to its bigger sibling, but sorely lacking in the specs department.

With Samsung being rather coy about the processor that the Galaxy S3 Mini uses, chip maker ST-Ericsson has confirmed that the Mini is powered by its NovaThor ModAp CPU, which integrates “the modem and application processor on a single die.”

The NovaThor processor is no stranger to some Samsung phones, such as the Galaxy S Advance. This is also the same chip that powers several Xperia phones, namely the U and P series.

Regardless of the chip that’s used by the phone, the strength of the branding alone sort of guarantees that the Galaxy S3 Mini would be a big hit among buyers. But we just can’t help to want moar.  Oh well, at least it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.


ST-Ericsson NovaThor ModAp Powers New Samsung GALAXY S III mini

New Samsung’s AndroidTM -powered smartphone is the fourth to use ST-Ericsson NovaThor platform

Geneva, October 18, 2012 -ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors, announced today that a recent addition to the award-winning Samsung GALAXY smartphone line – the Samsung GALAXY S III mini – is powered by the ST-Ericsson NovaThor ModAp platform.

“Our NovaThor platforms continue to gain traction in the market and with the new GALAXY S III mini, we add another great Samsung smartphone to the list of devices powered by ST-Ericsson,” said Marc Cetto, Senior Vice President and head of Smart Platform Solutions for ST-Ericsson. “Our highly integrated NovaThor ModAp platform, integrating a modem and application processor on a single die, enables compact and efficient devices and we are very pleased that Samsung has again chosen us for its GALAXY S III mini.”

About the Samsung GALAXY S III mini

The GALAXY S III mini is a compact version of the flagship smartphone GALAXY S III. The GALAXY S III mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the GALAXY S III to an elegant, compact smartphone with a 4.0-inch screen and is powered by Android(TM) 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It can be an optimal choice for consumers who are looking for more practical smartphones.


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