As the iPhone gets bigger, the Galaxy S III is getting smaller.
Samsung has confirmed it will unveil the Galaxy S III mini with a 4-inch screen at an event in Germany on Thursday. The company told South Korean media and confirmed to The Verge that it will formally announce a shrunken version of its 4.8-inch flagship phone at the event.
JK Shin, Samsung's head of mobile communications, said the product will first launch in Europe.
"There's a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe," he said, according to The Verge. "Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it 'mini.'"
The move comes a few weeks after Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, which increased the iPhone's screen size rom 3.5 inches to 4 inches. In the last couple of years, the screens on Android-based smartphones have steadily been increasing beyond 4.5 inches, with the extreme being the upcoming Galaxy Note II and its 5.5-inch screen.