Samsung launched the S3 mini as a phone that many thought would come with all the benefits of the SIII but with a smaller more compact screen, but as of now, just weeks after it was launched, it seems to die down as a failed idea. Before the SIII was launched, there were rumors that Samsung was working on another smartphone (at first thought to be a Nexus 2) and it now turns out to be the Samsung Galaxy premier. Many rumors that surfaced before especially the specifications of the phone turned out to be fake, now Samsung has made the phone official and it is headed to Russia first, then to Europe and other Asian countries. There was no mention of whether the phone will be coming to the US market though.
The Samsung Galaxy premier is a lot like the SIII, but with lesser specs. It appears that company came up with this phone as a way to reach a wider audience of users who can afford to sacrifice the performance features of the SIII. The phone runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI Omap 4470 processor unlike the SIII which runs on a quad-core which runs on a 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor (international version). It also boasts a 4.65 inch screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution (316 ppi density) downgraded from the SIII’s 4.8 inch 1280 x 720 pixels and 1 GB RAM (SIII has 2 GB RAM).
The design and build of the Samsung Galaxy premier is a lot like that of the SIII, including shape and colors as of now. This one is however a little lighter than the SIII, weighing 130 grams (SIII weighted 133 grams) and has a thickness of 8.99 mm, about 0.4 mm thicker than the SIII. Other specs of the phone are quite impressive too, staring from an 8 megapixels rear camera, a choice of 8 or 16 GB internal memory but with a memory card slot for expansion with a 32 GB card, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system with TouchWiz user interface and a ton of exclusive Samsung software including S Voice, AllShare Play, AllShare Cast and S Beam.
This phone comes with the same battery that the SIII has, a 2,100 mAh Standard Li-Ion battery that can provide upto 790 hours standby time on 3G or 12 hours talk time and has almost all the network and connectivity capabilities of the SIII. These include WiFi, NFC, 4G LTE and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Samsung Galaxy Premier will be made available in Russia in November and soon after will come to select countries in Europe and South East Asia including China and Korea. The phone is scheduled to be released in Ukraine in December and will be sold for 5,555 Hryvnias, that is about $680. Sammy did not mention whether the phone will be made available officially in the North American markets but we hope that it comes before the holidays because it seems to offer a lot more than what other phones in its category offer.
What do you think about the Samsung Galaxy Premier? Do you think it will spoil the market for the SIII or is it a great device to complement the SIII’s ‘shortcomings’ in terms of screen size and price? Would you buy the Premier if it came to the US market for the right price? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core TI Omap 4470 processor
Memory: 1 GB RAM, choice of 8 GB and 16 GB RAM, microSD card slot up to 32 GB
Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display: 4.65 inch 1280 x 720 pixels (316 ppi density)
Cameras: 8 Megapixels rear and 1.9 Megapixels front
Connectivity: WiFi, NFC, 4G LTE, GPS, 2G, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0.