In a “Honey, I shrunk the kids” moment, Samsung took the Galaxy S III and created a mini version of it, dropping the screen size from the pocket-busting 4.8” to the much more manageable 4”.

If you’re thinking that the original Galaxy S had a 4” Super AMOLED screen, you’re right, of course. Unfortunately, Samsung seems to have used the exact same screen, PenTile and all. The Galaxy S III mini also took a step back in the processing and camera departments compared to its large namesake.

Still, the Samsung Galaxy S III mini runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the same Nature UX customizations that the S III got. The NovaThor chipset with two 1GHz Cortex-A9 cores is fast enough to run the software smoothly, and we have no complains about the gig of RAM either.

Also, Samsung didn’t cut corners when it comes to accessories or built-in storage (8GB/16GB). There’s a microSD card slot too. The price seems steep compared to the likes of the HTC Desire X and Sony Xperia P, but maybe there’s more to it.

Does the mini really deserve to call itself “Galaxy S III”? It certainly has the looks for it, but so does the Galaxy Premier and that has better specs (though it’s virtually the same size as the big S III). We’ll have an answer to that question at the end of the review, so check back with us to find out.