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Samsung has confirmed that it’ll launch a 4in version of its Android-based popular Galaxy S III smartphone in Germany tomorrow. The scaled down device is being pitched at Europeans unhappy with the existing, 4.8in S III and would prefer something a little easier to hold and use in one hand and fits in pockets better. Something …

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Apple lawsuit in...

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If rounded corners can be patented, then so can screen size right?! ;)

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The new handset will be called the Galaxy S, and will be released 2 years ago.

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So much for

So much for 'but everyone wants a large screen' philosophy.

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Worse than that, since even silence can be copywrited (yes I know different process, but same argument), I can imagine some clever lawyer will patent screen sizes that are not 4", then we are all in trouble.

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Why the need to compare it to the iPhone 5? Like the iPhone 5 was the first 4" device. Apple have only just realised the trend and like for larger screens. Samsung's already been and done 4".

Let me try a new headline for you. "Samsung says 'yes' to Galaxy S II sized Galaxy S III."

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The Galaxy S II has a 4.3 inch screen - not 4 - but it's not like fact have an relevance in these discussions, right?

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"Why the need to compare it to the iPhone 5? Like the iPhone 5 was the first 4" device. Apple have only just realised the trend and like for larger screens. Samsung's already been and done 4".

Let me try a new headline for you. "Samsung says 'yes' to Galaxy S II sized Galaxy S III.""

How else would the Reg Hacks stir up the pot?

I wouldn't worry, iPhone and its hype is as old as its followers beliefs

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if you are going to diss someone, get your facts straight first.

The galaxy s2 name had many variants. The SGH-I927 galaxy s2 variant had a 4" screen. Samsung are no strangers to releasing many variants of their products for different markets (and carriers)

but it's not like fact have an relevance in these discussions, right?

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You clearly know bugger all about headline writing...

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Ok so slightly out.

Still I bet the 4" screen looks more like the S2's than the tall phone's 4" screen.

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Oh, interesting

I was thinking about getting an SIII, but it's ludicrous size was putting me off.

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I haven't noticed "it's(sic) ludicrous size", I actually find mine a lot more handy to use than my old first gen HTC desire. There is an "OMG enormous phone" meme going, but the first person I know who got one is tiny, female and Japanese, and it was her thorough recommendation that persuaded me, oddly.

However, choice is good- so I am glad that they are making a smaller one for people who like that sort of thing.

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It does not feel big at all - its design fits the had easily and is comfortable to hold even for long periods. As to fitting in a pocket no problem there either.

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Mine does feel a bit oversized to me. It's very light and slim, so pocketing it is no problem, but while that screen is g-g-g-gorgeous, it's a little big for using one-handed like I used to with my previous S2, so an S2-sized S3 sounds great to me.

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Excuse me, I am going to take myself to one side and punch myself for the apostrophe abuse.

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+1 for the "S3 doesn't feel too big to me" camp.

Perfectly comfortable for one-handed use and fits in my pocket just fine.

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"Excuse me, I am going to take myself to one side and punch myself for the apostrophe abuse."

..and I shall do the same, for being enough of a git to point it out.

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My girlfriend loves her Galaxy S III: she used to have a N8, and finds the larger screen allows her to surf the internet now.

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"it's a little big for using one-handed"

mmm, some content requires single handed viewing.

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Couldn't she surf the Internet before or is it so huge now she can jump on it at Hang Ten down at the local beach while using rubberisation as bumpers on the rocky shore of mediocrity?

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Which pocket? Unless you sport builder's bum with the crotch of the trousers somewhere around your knees or the legs festooned with fake map pockets, I assume not a trouser pocket, or do you mean your handbag? More active people, e.g. walkers, runners, cyclists and even those wearing clothes that fit tend not to have such large pockets and want to be able to move without the risk of bending their mobile phones every time they sit down or take a stride.. Of course, you could be a permanent jacket wearer or perhaps so addicted it's always in your vast hand. People used to grin at the size of a blackberry telephone for non-business users..

Do n't confuse your sartorial tastes or large hands with those of others. As for the tiny woman mentione above, no doubt she carries a handbag, so she could use an iPad all the time.

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Whilst the phone is not for me I do think it's a lovely phone, but was far too large. This should be an excellent device all round now

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It's a start

Well thank fucking god someone has come to their senses here. All this bigger and bigger screen nonsense was for one reason. When you're all running the same OS (Android) the only way to differentiate is size, and unfortunately all the manufacturers went all Texan on us. Sure there are some poor people out there with fat fingers, or descended from german blacksmiths, or just have penchant for clothes with large pockets and the oddly resulting bulges. But surely once all those people are satisfied the rest of humanity will realise what a twat they look with a phablet up against their face. For those about to suggest a bluetooth headset to avoid that, you've already failed - sorry. And don't get me started on holsters :rolleyes: lest I take the mick out of all the wannabe cowboys out there and their desire to have something locked and loaded on their hip. Or their arse and gut are just too big to actually get _anything_ in their pockets bigger than a dime.

So lets see some REAL innovation. Go small - cram all your goodness into something smaller and lighter and longer lasting. Going big is just too easy. Sorry.

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Agreed: I think the Sony Xperia Mini (Pro) is a fantastic bit of hardware! Just a shame the OS it runs isn't up to the same standard :-(

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Easy tiger...

You do realise that some people actually prefer the big phones? I'm not one of them, but the sales of the Note would indicate there are quite a few.

Personally they've gone too far the other way with this new handset, 4.3 in (ie the same as the S2) would have been my preference, size wise I find the S2 just about spot on.

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Meh. Trends. They go one way, then another.

Remeber in the early noughties, when there was a race to make smaller and smaller handsets? At one point they became difficult to use unless you had spindly fingers (the Nokia 8210 was about 40mm wide I think), and the call quality deteriorated because the mic was closer to your earlobe than your mouth.

The trend for Dom Jolly devices will peak (having gone too far) and will settle at a more sensible level, IMHO.

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Nothing on the market to replace my 'Mini Pro .

So I'm sticking with it.

C'mon Samsung: 3.5" screen and a slide-away keyboard, please....

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The 8201 was actually 44mm wide, it seems.

And while we are on the topic of Nokia: what the f*ck were they thinking when they did this.

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Exactly right, there's no innovation in just producing a bigger phone. The increased size makes fitting loads of stuff (including bigger battery) inside really easy.

The biggest joke is how the Galaxy Note doesn't even bother to increase the screen resolution even though it is bigger than every other phone around.

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They're called nerds, someone could actually remove the phone part of the phone leaving it as a portable internet device and they wouldn't even notice.

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It's called innovation, something that appears to have been lost recently.

Okay, it was the wrong sort of idea but at least they tried.

Lets not forget that Nokia's attempts were some of the first smartphones around in popular use (IBM was the first, but I don't remember ever seeing one).

Released in 1996. It would play wav ringtones and notifications. Plus you could send/receive faxes on the move, which was pretty useful at the time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_9000_Communicator

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I see your Nokia 7600 and raise you the Nokia 7280 Lipstick Phone!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7280

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"And while we are on the topic of Nokia: what the f*ck were they thinking when they did this."

They were Thinking Different I should imagine. Like, creating Magical and Revolutionary..... ummmmm, things.

Saw a hipster using one on a shuttle bus in city once. Actually looked like a lot of fun.

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C'mon Samsung: 3.5" screen and a slide-away keyboard, please....

THIS

Also, can it run a proper version of Linux?

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How about a phone that looks like it was designed by the Predator film folks ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens_SX1

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why should it need to increase the resolution? 1280x720 is more than enough for a screen of that size. Whilst 1920x1080 screens are available it wouldn't actually add any benefits. It wouldn't be any noticeably sharper and would need a much more powerful graphics processor to cope with the increased resolution. This whole drive to ever-increasing resolutions is pointless once you go past a certain point.

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wife has an xperia mini pro, I have a galaxy S2. I like the keyboard on the pro (she had a GW610 before that which had an even better keyboard but shit performance). I find the screen a little too small (on the pro) for my liking and it could do with being a little more spritely - she wont let me root/mod it to put a proper firmware on there. The S2 screen is perfect for me but too large for her.

I agree though, a 4" S3 with a keyboard would be mint.

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'And while we are on the topic of Nokia: what the f*ck were they thinking when they did this.'

Wow! That's even more WTF than the 3650 with the circular keypad which I thought represented the apogee of magic nose dust design.

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Yeah, I remember my mate getting that 3650... WTF indeed. back in the day when he was always the first to get new phones. He was also the first person in my home town to lose in a pub a camera-phone containing nudey pics of his girlfriend....

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Nokia 7600 - apparently designed by the same bloke who did the rear window of the Ford Anglia and in the same cicumstances i.e. after a Friday lunchtime session in the local.

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So, a lot of craaazy looking phones, once upon a time.

You know film of all the insane things people did when trying to build a plane, the one with the bed with a bouncing umbrella, and the creation with 10 stacked wings that collapses while taxiing? This is like that, but with phones.

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Some people also like rogering with a huge black rubbery object, but I'm not one of them.

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It runs ICS, what's the problem? The old model, X10 Mini, with a 2.5" screen was even smaller but did run an old version of Android and not upgradable (128mb of RAM) so not so good.

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Same here. The ICS upgrade just gave it another couple years life, time for the "trend" in wall sized phones to die off. I'm waiting for a decent watch to drop below 40mm too, living with a 36mm Oris but may have to spring for a 15 year old Omega as an upgrade.

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Agree with aj87... why the iPhone 5!?

Why compare to the iPhone 5 screen size? Oh wait, do they now have a patent for 4" screens??? I guess Apple invented 4" screens, right?

I have to be honest, I think the S3 (I have one) is a little too big. Having owned it I now think that I should have made one of 2 choices; 1 - either get a Galaxy Note (if large size is important) and do it properly or 2; chosen something a little smaller (Obviously didn't know about a 4" S3 coming out).

As long as the device is identical then a 4" would be my preferred choice.

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Re: Agree with aj87... why the iPhone 5!?

Samsng hasn't gone down in smartphone screen size until now, but surely the timing is purely coincidental.

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Because it doesn't have the same attention grabbing value.

'Samsung to make a smaller version of the S3'

or

'Samsung making a handset THE SAME size as the new iPhone'

Do the math.....

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'Samsung making a handset THE SAME size as the new iPhone'

Wow, maybe this could be the makings of some kind of massive Apple / Samsung legal dispute - I'll try and sell this idea to a few legal experts.

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Think for yourself naughty Samsung

Samsung s phone, was everything which Apple was not, Apple did not build the massive screen for a reason, this action just confirms that our fruit company understands its customers. Samsung understands its competition, before Apple it was Rim.

So nothing new here.

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