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As the iPhone 5 has adopted a bigger 4-inch screen, Samsung is expected to go in the other direction and develop a smaller smartphone based on its popular Galaxy S series.

Samsung sent out invitations this week for an event set to be held on Oct. 11. As noted by Unwired View, the invites sent out in Germany tease that Samsung will show "how big small can be."

The Galaxy S III, Samsung's current flagship smartphone, sports a 4.8-inch display. Apple also opted to go bigger with the new iPhone 5, which has a 4-inch display, increasing from the 3.5-inch screen found on previous handsets made by the company.

Earlier reports from last week had suggested that Samsung was planning to release a so-called "Galaxy S III Mini." That device is expected to match screen size of the iPhone 5 with a 4-inch display.

Other rumored specifications for the smaller Galaxy S III include a 5-megapixel camera, dual-core processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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The invitation includes an "S" in the background, suggesting that the product's name will fall in line with the Galaxy S branding that Samsung has used for its flagship Android products for years.

After it launched this summer, the Galaxy S III passed Apple's iPhone 4S to become the top selling smartphone in the U.S. Its reign is expected to be short, however, with last month's launch of the iPhone 5 reaching a record setting 5 million in the product's first three days of availability.
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"how big small can be."

...said no man, ever.

Samsung following Apple. How original. Anyone else feeling 'deja vu?'
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K.

 

*yawn*

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"how big small can be."
...said no man, ever.
Samsung following Apple. How original. Anyone else feeling 'deja vu?'

Everyday. Everyone copies Apple- life didn't exist before Apple. lol.gif
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K.

*yawn*

Funny I feel the exact same way about an iPad mini too.
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Samsung following Apple. How original. Anyone else feeling 'deja vu?'

All over again....

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Everyday. Everyone copies Apple- life didn't exist before Apple. lol.gif

Yours certainly didn't.

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Really? they are copying the Apple "mini" naming scheme too..
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"how big small can be."
...said no man, ever.
Samsung following Apple. How original. Anyone else feeling 'deja vu?'

 

Really?  where is iPhone 5 Mini?

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Really?  where is iPhone 5 Mini?

 

Are you denying that Samsung hasn't copied Apple?  I'm not talking about the name, so much as it's "monkey see, monkey do.'  

 

$1 Billion verdict.  I don't have to say anything else.

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"how big small can be."
...said no man, ever.
Samsung following Apple. How original. Anyone else feeling 'deja vu?'

 

Sure. It's not like Samsung hasn't sold phones at 4.0in 2 years ago, still do, and may in the future, or anything....

 

There's plenty of places Samsung's ripped off Apple, but this just isn't one of them.

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I'm sorry I thought I'd logged into the Apple gadget rumor website, my bad this must be an Android site ...
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Sure. It's not like Samsung hasn't sold phones at 4.0in 2 years ago, still do, and may in the future, or anything....

 

There's plenty of places Samsung's ripped off Apple, but this just isn't one of them.

 

Again, I didn't say they are ripping Apple off.  I said "monkey see, monkey do."

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Everyday. Everyone copies Apple- life didn't exist before Apple. lol.gif


Of course life existed. It was just all in ugly beige boxes, with zero attention to detail, only to be thrown away in the landfill and toxic dumps.

But of course, you already knew that...

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Sammy, the next "small" thing is already here: the iphone.

I guess Sammy's hedging its bets. They'll release 3", 3.5" and 4" models for the GS3.
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Funny I feel the exact same way about an iPad mini too.

I'll be interested in seeing where apple and other CEs take the platform. Ideal for home automation/integration, Home theater, how 'bout in-car snap-in to replace those custom displays used for gps, backup camera, audio, radio. If the price is right and iRule works with the resolution, perhaps I'll get one to replace the iPad 2 which is a waste of horsepower as an HT and environmental control.
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In other news, they have a commercial ready that shows how the screen perfectly fits the span of someone's right thumb. Another ad asks rhetorically how something smaller can get bigger.
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Are you denying that Samsung hasn't copied Apple?  I'm not talking about the name, so much as it's "monkey see, monkey do.'  

 

$1 Billion verdict.  I don't have to say anything else.

 

I think everyone copies each other. In fact, I can't stop thinking about Braun T3 Radio when I look at iPods or iPhones; or Braun's LEI speaker when Apple's iMac.  We'll talk when Apple comes up with something *original*.

 

Apple lost the GUI lawsuit against Microsoft years back; there are still Apple fanboys out there claiming that Microsoft, a legitimate licensee of Xerox's patents, stole Apple's GUI. So what's your point again?

 

PS. I have no doubt Samsung piggybacked on Apple's successful marketing.

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I think it may have been a mis-translation - it is in fact close to "See how big a pile of sh*t Samsung can be"

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Are you denying that Samsung hasn't copied Apple?  I'm not talking about the name, so much as it's "monkey see, monkey do.'  

 

$1 Billion verdict.  I don't have to say anything else.

That's too harsh.

 

As long as the screen size is concern, Samsung had it first (the S was 4 inch).  And what Samsung copied Apple again?  If you are looking for true copies of original, find Swiss...& Braun..  (could be more).  They are the true copies of Apple, but wait... 

 

Yeah right the $1 Billion verdict.  I don't know what you have to say when the tide turns.

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Again, I didn't say they are ripping Apple off.  I said "monkey see, monkey do."

 

And again how is something they've been doing ALL ALONG monkey see, monkey do?

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I think everyone copies each other. In fact, I can't stop thinking about Braun T3 Radio when I look at iPods or iPhones; or Braun's LEI speaker when Apple's iMac.  We'll talk when Apple comes up with something *original*.

Apple lost the GUI lawsuit against Microsoft years back; there are still Apple fanboys out there claiming that Microsoft, a legitimate licensee of Xerox's patents, stole Apple's GUI. So what's your point again?

PS. I have no doubt Samsung piggybacked on Apple's successful marketing.

You might want to reread the history on that law suit again.
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Um.  The Samsung Galaxy S III did NOT surpass the iPhone 4S in sales in total units sold.  The iPhone 4S has sold around 70,000 units since introduction, and they are still selling, and the Galaxy S III surpassed the 20 Million unit level, but the previous S II only sold about 28 Million total and the first generation S sold about 20 MIllion.

 

Samsung only surpassed the 4S after it's been on the market for about a year and Apple was getting the iPhone 5 released.  It's funny how Samsung sells against Apple. A brand new flagship model against last years Apple flagship and STILL can't match the total demand.  

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Yours certainly didn't.

LOL

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And again how is something they've been doing ALL ALONG monkey see, monkey do?

 

Not on their "S" line, which is their most popular smartphone and the only one that directly competes with the iPhone.  Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Really?  where is iPhone 5 Mini?

 

It's called the iPhone 4s.
 

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Sammy, the next "small" thing is already here: the iphone.
I guess Sammy's hedging its bets. They'll release 3", 3.5" and 4" models for the GS3.

Why not? If you're going to have fragmentation, why not make it world-class fragmentation?

We already have several different Galaxy SIII phones. Some have 1 GB of RAM, others have 2 GB. Some have dual core processors, others have quad core. Why not add a few different sizes, as well?
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Why not? If you're going to have fragmentation, why not make it world-class fragmentation?
We already have several different Galaxy SIII phones. Some have 1 GB of RAM, others have 2 GB. Some have dual core processors, others have quad core. Why not add a few different sizes, as well?

 

Are you still seeing black bars in your iPhone 5?  I am sure you are.  A developer estimated it would take more than 30 days for an application to update and get Apple approval.  (Some high graphic application would need more coding work, hence take more that that, according to him).  That is the world-class fragmentation, a great innovation feature that comes with iPhone5, imo.

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Are you still seeing black bars in your iPhone 5? ...  That is the world-class fragmentation, a great innovation feature that comes with iPhone5, imo.

Does the same app offer something less of an experience on the 5 than it did on the 4S, 4, 3GS? Visual area? Audio? Function? Speed? So runs the same is now world class fragmentation? IMO that's world class BS.
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biggest weakness?  Apple has the #1 phone in the world. It's hardly a weakness. Apple makes phones for all people including those that don't need to run down a feature checklist as bragging rights. Lots of people don't care about rooting their phones.

Again, I think Apple has it right when they make the #1 phone in the world.

And how many jailbreak their iPhones?
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Are you still seeing black bars in your iPhone 5?  I am sure you are.  A developer estimated it would take more than 30 days for an application to update and get Apple approval.  (Some high graphic application would need more coding work, hence take more that that, according to him).  That is the world-class fragmentation, a great innovation feature that comes with iPhone5, imo.

 

Is it just me, or are the trolls getting shittier everyday? "world-class fragmentation"? Is that a new buzzword or something? So now all phone models being sold by Apple have a grand total of TWO resolutions, that only differ VERTICALLY at that. My, the fragmentation is making my head explode. 

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Is it just me, or are the trolls getting shittier everyday? "world-class fragmentation"? Is that a new buzzword or something? So now all phone models being sold by Apple have a grand total of TWO resolutions, that only differ VERTICALLY at that. My, the fragmentation is making my head explode. 

It's not just you. I figure as the Apple user base grows, it's bound to pick up more of the not-necessarily-clueful crowd. I just hope the ratio doesn't tip in that favor.
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I just hope the ratio doesn't tip in that favor.

 

I think it may be overly optimistic of you to think it hasn't already happened.

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"how big small can be."
...said no man, ever.

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Samsung following Apple. How original. Anyone else feeling 'deja vu?'

Yep. According to Philip the iPad mini announcement is the day before

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Rather odd move on Samsung's part, other than wanting to cheapen the name recognition of their GS3...this rumored 4 inch model features a relatively low resolution screen (not high density) and a lower end camera (5MP)....it's definitely not a 4 inch screen GS3 (i.e. this isn't comparable to the iPhone 5 or the 4S, although the camera (5MP) appears to be comparable to the iPhone 4)....more like the cheap GS3 wannabee.

 

Anyways...doesn't seem very relevant over here in the Apple Insider forums....

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And again how is something they've been doing ALL ALONG monkey see, monkey do?

Because all along they have been 'inspired' by Apple. You might disagree that they were 'illegally' copying but the court evidence shows that despite initial claims they don't pay attention to Apple they most certainly did.

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Sure it's still android garbage, but it's for sure a step in the right direction.

 

The Galaxy SIII has no where else to go in terms of screen size.

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Does the same app offer something less of an experience on the 5 than it did on the 4S, 4, 3GS? Visual area? Audio? Function? Speed? So runs the same is now world class fragmentation? IMO that's world class BS.

 

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Is it just me, or are the trolls getting shittier everyday? "world-class fragmentation"? Is that a new buzzword or something? So now all phone models being sold by Apple have a grand total of TWO resolutions, that only differ VERTICALLY at that. My, the fragmentation is making my head explode. 

 

I was responding to jragosta.  Here is what he said;

 

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Why not? If you're going to have fragmentation, why not make it world-class fragmentation?
We already have several different Galaxy SIII phones. Some have 1 GB of RAM, others have 2 GB. Some have dual core processors, others have quad core. Why not add a few different sizes, as well?
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