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Chatter starts for more Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III variants

Early details and specifications turn up for a Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy S II Plus, and a Galaxy Premier.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 2 Steven Shankland/CNET

It clear that the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy Camera won't be the last we hear of Samsung in 2012.

Indeed, the first details of another three models have bubbled up to the surface, some of which could arrive in the near term. This week a Samsung-focused blog SamMobile told us that we should be on the lookout for a Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy S II Plus, and the Galaxy Premier.

It's difficult to say for certain, but the Galaxy S III Mini likely will debut in the weeks following the iPhone 5 release. Considering the rumored 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 5-megapixel camera, and low price, it could make for stiff competition to Apple's new offering. According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S III Mini will only run 250 euros ($314), whereas the iPhone 5 will be in the ballpark of 650 euros ($817).

The original Galaxy S II

Lest you thought the Galaxy S II well had dried up, Samsung appears to be heading back with another bucket. A Galaxy S II Plus is said to feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera, and come with 16GB and 32GB storage options.

Available in blue or gray colors, the smartphone will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and offer a microSD expansion slot. Sounds like a Galaxy S II, right? What if you learned that it had a single-core 1GHz processor instead of the dual-core and quad-core stuff of today? If you ask me, Galaxy S II Plus might be bit of a misnomer.

As far as the Galaxy Premier is concerned, it should be an Android 4.1 handset that comes with a larger 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display. When it comes to the rest of the specs for the smartphone, SamMobile advises that it will closely resemble the Galaxy S II Plus.

All said and done, this stuff just sounds like muddied waters to me. I'm not sure why a company would want to invest in research and development for new models that aren't all that much different from the current crop. Of course, it's possible that these end up scattered around the globe in markets and don't ultimately confuse consumers.

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