Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini | Features, Specs & Disadvantages

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is the miniature of Galaxy S3. It’s a mid-high range smartphone that Samsung is introducing in market to retail it’s hold in 4 inch display segment. Currently, Samsung Galaxy S Advance and Galaxy S Duos are available in this display segment. The Korean giant is looking to strengthen the hold in market with this new droid. Most of the features are compromised to make it affordable. Unfortunately, the price it’s set to sell is higher than the price it actually deserves. Therefore, it’s confusing for many whether to buy it or not. Many are intending to buy high-end Galaxy S3 or even Galaxy S2. It’s not a good sign in any case.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini sports 4 inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA resolution 480×800 pixels at 233 ppi. Display is not too impressive but a good one to be honest. It’s PenTile Matrix display like the predecessor but lesser ppi may result in poor viewing angles. Galaxy S3 Mini is coming in contract with US Cellular as Samsung Galaxy Axiom SCH-R830.

Well, built on Android 4.1.2 JellyBean Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is outfitted with NovaThor U8420 SoC that couples dual Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1 GHz and Mali 400 GPU. This time Samsung increased the RAM to 1 GB which is a plus point of this handset. Primary rear facing camera is turned down to 5 MP. Also the video recording is HD, no full HD 1080p this time. Front facing VGA camera is there as well for video calling.

Galaxy S3 Mini is available in 8/16 GB storage models. Micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB is there too. You can store and play HD games in it without any hassle. As you know it’s a 3G supported handset and can hit up to 14.4 Mbps HSDPA speed which is pretty impressive. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, micro USB are there. NFC is also there but the presence depends on region and carrier. Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery fuels this handset. Take a look at the key features-

Highlighting Features of Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

  • 4 inch Super AMOLED WVGA display
  • Android 4.1.2 JellyBean out of the box
  • Dual core processor, 1 GB RAM
  • 5 MP rear + VGA front camera
  • 16 GB internal storage, micro SD card support
  • HSDPA speed up to 14.4 Mbps
  • HTML5 supported web browser
  • Light weight, slim design
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 1

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 1

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

  1. Display
    • Display Type: Super AMOLED Capacitive
    • Display Size: 4.0 inch
    • Display Resolution: WVGA, 480×800 pixels, 233 ppi
    • Display Protection: No
    • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, magnetometer
  2. Performance
    • SoC: NovaThor U8420
    • CPU: Dual 1 GHz Cortex A9
    • GPU: Mali 400
    • RAM: 1 GB
  3. Camera
    • Primary: 5 MP
    • Features: LED flash, auto focus, touch focus
    • Video Recording: HD 720p
    • Secondary: VGA
  4. Memory
    • Internal: 8/16 GB
    • External: 32 GB
  5. Connectivity
    • Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, EDR
    • Wi-Fi: Yes, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA
    • Micro USB: Yes
    • NFC: Yes (region specific)
    • HDMI: No
  6. Data
    • GPRS/EDGE: Yes, Class 12
    • 3G speed: HSDPA speed up to 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA speed up to 5.76 Mbps
    • LTE Speed: No
  7. Battery
    • Size: 1500 mAh
    • Talk Time: 14 hrs in 2G and 7 hrs in 3G
    • Standby Time: 450 hrs in 2G and 430 hrs in 3G
  8. Multimedia
    • Music Player: Yes, formats support: MP3, eAAC, MIDI, WAV
    • Video Player: Yes, formats support: H.263, H.264, Xvid, WMV, DivX, MP4
    • FM Radio: Yes, stereo FM Radio with RDS
  9. Dimensions
    • Dimension: 121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm
    • Weight: 111.5 gm
  10. SIM Card
    • No of SIM Card/s: Single
    • SIM Card Type: Micro SIM

Disadvantages of Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

  • Price too high, not too impressive specs
  • PenTile display with less ppi, 233 ppi
  • No full HD video recording
  • 5 MP rear camera
  • WVGA display, no HD display

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Price

Price of Galaxy S3 Mini unlocked is £299.99 in the United Kingdom. In other European countries the price of the SGS3 Mini is approx € 364,99. In Germany unlocked 8 GB version of Galaxy S3 Mini costs approx € 359,99. In USA price of the unlocked 8 GB variant of the droid is $449.99 USD while in Canada the 8 GB variant costs CDN $419.99. SIM free 8 GB version of SGS3 Mini costs A$383.59 in Australia. The droid is available in White, Blue color models.

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