Despite the name, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is more of a mid-range phone and not a smaller version of the company’s flagship phone. The Galaxy S3 Mini has a smaller 4-inch display with a resolution of 480×800, compares the to 4.8-inch 720p display of the Galaxy S3.
The Galaxy Exhibit will keep the same form factor of the Galaxy S3 Mini, which means it will follow the same basic design language of all recent Samsung smartphones. The top and bottom of the phone may curve more, but otherwise the Galaxy Exhibit looks very similar to the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note II, just a bit smaller.
Aside from the price difference, the Galaxy Exhibit also has rearranged buttons with the back button on the right, and the menu button on the left. The phone will also likely lack recent features introduced to Samsung smartphones such as the ability to run two apps at the same size. The Galaxy Exhibit’s small screen and low resolution would make it difficult to show much information in multiple windows.
There’s no word on pricing for the Galaxy Exhibit, but U.S. Cellular sells Galaxy S3 Mini under the name Galaxy Axiom for just $29.99 on a two-year contract. It’s hard to imagine T-Mobile asking for much more than that for what is basically the same phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit will likely come to T-Mobile by the end of this quarter, which means it probably come to T-Mobile store shelves before the end of March 2013.