ST-Ericsson, which is a company responsible for developing wireless platforms and semiconductors, announced
that its NovaThor ModAp platform is used to power the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. The Mini is a smaller, more affordable version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III
. The NovaThor ModAp platform is designed for compact devices, which seems quite suitable for the smaller version of the S III.
The reason the NovaThor ModAp platform functions well on smaller devices is that it implements modem and application processor on a single die. This allows the device to create power with solid efficiency without taking up extra space. ST-Ericsson has had its processors featured in a few other devices, but they have not received nearly the attention of companies like Qualcomm, who is are known for making the ultra high-end processors.
For whatever reason Samsung choose not to announce the processor creator when they announced the other specs
of the device. They were quick to announce that it had a 1.0 GHz dual-core STE U8420 processor, but they did not credit ST-Ericsson. They also announced that the phone has 1GB of RAM, 8 and 16GB storage options, and a 1,500 mAh battery.
Final pricing and release information on the Galaxy S III Mini is still spotty. UK retailers have posted various prices
, but nothing official has come out yet. Prices for other regions and release dates have not been announced of late, but at least we are learning a little more about the device. As always, we will keep you posted with latest on the Galaxy S III Mini as it happens.