The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini was described by the company as a device manufactured to meet the demand for moderately sized 4-inch screen in the Eurpoean market, with no clear expectations for a release in the United States. However, the company recently completed testing with the FCC, perhaps paving the way for a future release of this mid-range device. Although no formal announcements have been made by either Samsung or any U.S. carrier regarding plans to release the device, the fact that the company conducted trials with the US government agency shows that there is some interest in eventually offering the Android device in the states.
The spec sheet for the Galaxy S3 Mini won't wow anyone, but it does offer some solid features. The device features a 4-inch Super AMOLED, 800x400 resolution, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, NFC, 1GHz NovaThor processor, 8GB or 16GB storage capacity, and ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone itself looks visually identical to its bigger sibling, just slightly smaller. The lack of LTE has relegated it to minor interest from US carriers, though it may find a home among entry-level users or as a budget Android device.