Friday, 19 October 2012

The Samsung S3 Mini

A new star is born from the Samsung Galaxy brand not far away, the S3 mini. Following the success of the S3 comes it's little brother. Getting the clue from it's name, it is an S3 by heart, but mini by size. I guess this is intended for those who are put off with the bigger size of the original S3. Or to a Samsung fan with a tighter budget. 

Questions in mind will be, is it as powerful, as fast, as long power lasting, as handsome and full of feature as the big brother? It is hard to compare without the unit in hand but leaked data from online sources can give us an insight of what's the little brother can offer.


The original S3 has a massive 2,100 mAh of power which can take me to a personally tested  3 days of light use without recharging and can be extended to 6 days with more tweaking (see This hardware of  the phone is what I am impressed the most because it is the longest in terms of staying power compared to the previous smart phones I've used. 

The new arrival has 1,500 mAh of power. Long way too short? To compensate for the less power, this phone is obviously has a smaller screen with less pixels to light up, less CPU heads to power up and with the latest Android OS to help in conserving battery and manage the running apps.

CPU and OS

The processing power of the mini is a completely different and less powerful  Dual-core 1GHz NovaThor U8420, with 1GB RAM, but it runs the latest Android operating system 4.1 Jelly Bean, compared to original S3 that has a more powerful Quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412, 1GB RAM, and running an earlier Anroid ICS OS. The quadcore has made the operation of the phone as smooth and fluid as possible, without noticing any lags when the button is pressed or an application is launched. The dual core might be compensated with the presence of the same RAM and the more advanced operating system.


The Galaxy S3 is massive, in relation to most smartphones with 136.6mm length x 70.6mm width x 8.6 mm thickness, but quite light at  133g. It is bulky to my back denim pocket so most  of the time I keep it in my jacket's front pocket. When I am not wearing a jacket, I put it in my front trouser pocket. 

The S3 mini is shorter at 121.6mm, narrower at  63mm, but thicker at 9.9 mm. It weighs 122g. This is a good news to those who has a turn off at massive phones and prefer to keep their phones at the back pocket. 


The monthly price for the S3 was at least £36 per month for 24 month contract, and now S3 can be owned for at least £26 per month and  still with a tag price of £499 SIM-free. The Samsung S3 Mini is 21.50/month when you pre order now and the SIM- free price is rumoured to be a pocket friendly and half of the big brother's price of at least £250.

Pre order now and get a free samsung MP3 player for £21.50 a month. Check here for more tariff and prices.

The Samsung s3 mini

Full Features

The mini looks every inch as the big brother only shorter on size and on some other physical aspects but maybe not on overall features. It can still wow Samsung fans with this list of what to expect on a little device.

Dimensions: 121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm
4.0" Super AMOLED screen
480 x 800 pixel resolution
16GB internal memory
5 Megapixel Camera with Autofocus and LED Flash
Bluetooth 4.0
Face Detection
HSDPA 14.4Mbps
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
microSD Card Slot (TransFlash) (up to 32GB)
WiFi 802.11  with Wi-Fi Direct
1GHz Dual Core processor
720p@30fps video recording
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Digital Compass
Document Viewer
Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
GPS with A-GPS support
Gyro sensor
HTML5 browser
Image/Video Editor
microUSB v2.0 port
MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
Proximity sensor
Secondary front facing Camera
SNS integration
Swype text input

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