The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been on our shelves for four months now and news has just reached us that the new Galaxy S3 Mini will be launched soon. Instead of going for larger screens, as per the Galaxy S3 and the Note 2, the Mini will be a lot smaller. It will hark back to the times when phones used to be smaller, lighter and thinner rather than who can squeeze an HD TV into a device. Although the Galaxy S3 Mini looks like a Galaxy S3 that’s been in the washing machine it’s actually very different inside.
It’s cheaper for a start, and when you see the technical specifications you’ll realise why .We all know and love the tech-spec of the Galaxy SIII thanks to its quad-core Exynos 1.4GHz processor and the 4.8” Super AMOLED GD touchscreen, with its 1GB RAM, 16-64Gb of internal storage and 1080p HD video recording capabilities but it’s the 4G LTE technology and the 8MP camera with LED flash that really sets the Galaxy S3 as an all-rounder. You can even video call in much greater quality thanks to the 1.9MP front facing camera.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, however, is quite different. It has a 1GHz NoveThor processor that is dual core but quite slower than the full-fat SG3. It has a 233ppi compared to 306 of the larger phone, and it has a 5MP camera with a VGA front camera. There is 8 or 16GB of internal space and it has a 1500mAh battery. You still get Near Field Communication and a microUSB 2.0 port but it’s certainly a ‘lite’ version of the Galaxy S3. That said, not everyone will use all of the capabilities of the SG3 in their lifetime so the Galaxy S3 Mini makes complete sense, especially as it’s far cheaper and therefore more accessible for the mass market. It seems Samsung are making a statement to Apple and taking huge portions of the market rather than going for the top echelons all of the time as the Californian company does.
It’s easy to see the difference between the Galaxy S3 and the S3 Mini. The first thing you notice is the screen quality isn’t as sharp as the older sister but then again why would you compare two phones in completely different price brackets? The Mini is 121.6 x 63 x 9.9mm and weighs just 111.5g. So, it’s pretty quick, has a decent screen, has many great things but isn’t number 1 for everything unlike the SG3. It’s a toned down version that will appeal to those that are looking for a bargain smartphone but one that doesn’t look like a second hand 1990s phone.
It comes with Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system so it’s not scrimped in this department. Many might have thought Gingerbread would be used but Google is phasing the older generation systems out. Tentative prices are around £250 for handset or more than half the price of the bigger Samsung Galaxy S3. Check out the recent prices for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini deals at Mobile Phone Checker.