As the Apple vs Samsung Galaxy battle continues to rage, both brands are rumoured to be launching smaller versions of bestselling devices; The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini and the Apple iPad mini. What are the specs and how do they compare to their originals?
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Korean manufacturers Samsung are rumoured to be knocking up a smaller version of their premium Samsung Galaxy S3. Rumoured to have a 4 inch display, the scaled down version of Samsung’s bestselling smartphone would match the Apple iPhone 5 inch for inch. As iPhone fans often criticise the S3 for being too big, the release of a Mini S3 may encourage long term iOS users to switch sides in the Apple vs Samsung battle.
Expect to see Android Jelly Bean features fresh out of the box, a 5 megapixel camera, and multitasking friendly dual core processor.
Belief of an S3 mini launch has rocketed since a German press invite pencilled in a Samsung event for October 11th. With an “S” in the background, the flyer can be translated to “large may be small, and so small can be big”
Will Samsung challenge the iPhone 5 with the Galaxy S3 Mini? How will the device differ to the popular Samsung Galaxy S3? Find out on 11/10/12.
Apple iPad Mini
Previously nothing came close to the Apple iPad range and it’s envious share of the tablet market. Then the Google Nexus 7 appeared with its latest operating system, quad core graphics processor, easy access to Google Play and a surprisingly affordable price tag. The tablet manufactured by Asus was available to buy for just £159; some £240 cheaper than the Apple iPad! Though the impact hasn’t stunted Apple’s growth, it’s clear that Apple don’t cater for the many customers who purchase an affordable Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire.
Comparing the Apple iPad vs iPad Mini, the price cuts have to come from somewhere. Expect to see a smaller 7.85 inch screen absent of the Retina display. Overall the Mini is believed to house similar tech to 2011’s iPad 2 release, just within a smaller design.Should an iPad Mini come to light, we also expect the latest iDevice to be compatible with Apple’s new Lightning dock connector.
Apple is all about quality and by no means can a bite sized, lighter iPad, fly the same flag as the Apple iPad. We predict this budget tablet could form a new category of device for Apple, perhaps the creation of the iBook.
Whether the device is called iBook or iPad Mini, rumours suggest the product will be announced on the 17th October with a UK release date on the 2nd November.
Apple and Samsung are both trying to create a new product that competes with the changing market. The S3 mini is ready to take on loyal iPhone 5 users in the Apple vs Samsung smartphone stakes. The iPad Mini would challenge those who turn to the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 because the full sized iPad is too expensive.
If either device is announced in October, expect to see momentous hype and record sales figures in the run-up to Christmas.