(Pocket-lint) - Samsung has hinted to Pocket-lint that its Galaxy S III Mini smartphone will be coming to the UK at some point, after its launch at an official event in Germany tomorrow (11 October).
"Galaxy S III Mini will come with 4-inch display and we are going to unveil the product tomorrow," we were told by Samsung UK.
In addition, a press picture of the device has leaked, along with some purported specifications. German mobile phone website Mobile Geeks claims that it will come with a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution.
It will house a STE U8420 dual-core 1.0 Ghz processor, which is not as powerful as the Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU found in the larger S III. The camera is claimed to have a 5-megapixel sensor (the S III has 8-megapixels), although it will contain the same amount of RAM, 1GB.
Mobile Geeks claims that the Galaxy S III Mini will come with 16GB of built-in storage and have a microSD card slot allowing up to a further 32GB. It'll come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the box and feature Wi-Fi, DLNA, a Micro USB connection, and NFC for sharing between handsets/contactless payment.
Its battery will be lower spec than the larger model, at 1500 mAh - although it does have less demanding processor and screen - and the overall dimensions are quoted at 121.55 x 62.95 x 9.85mm.
One listed specification that makes us a touch wary, however, is that it is claimed to be made of "plastic". Samsung uses hard polycarbonate, which is not strictly a plastic, for its Galaxy S III (and Note 2) so we suspect that specific nugget of information may not have come from an internal source.
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Nevertheless, we'll find out for sure tomorrow when the handset is officially unveiled.
UPDATE: It just struck us here on Pocket-lint that the specifications above are remarkably similar to those of the 4-inch screen-touting Samsung Galaxy S Advance, which came out at the beginning on the year - save for Jelly Bean and the dimensions.
Either Samsung is giving its former budget handset a make-over and a well-received name to sell more units, or the specifications above are speculative based on the Advance's own. Hmm, we shall see...