Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S3 Mini comparison review


The freshly announced Galaxy S3 Mini is a cheaper alternative to the flagship S3 – we’re talking SIM-free prices. Online retailer Clove is quoting £298 for the handset with ‘official price and availability to be confirmed’, a significant amount less than its bigger brother which sells for around £450. 


We’re not awarding prizes for guessing that the Galaxy S3 Mini is smaller in size compared to the S3. It measures in at 63 x 122mm compared to 71 x 137mm. 

However, it’s not as svelte as the S3’s 8.6mm, but is a still respectable 9.6mm.It’s unsurprising that the size difference means the S3 Mini is lighter than the S3. It weighs 112g instead of 133g. 


As we’ve mentioned the Galaxy S3 Mini has a smaller screen than the S3. At 4in it’s debatable whether this is small enough to qualify the handset as ‘mini’ but nevertheless it fits the bill a darn sight more than the S3’s 4.8in whopper. Both displays use Super AMOLED technology which Samsung often opts for. The big difference is the resolutions used. The Galaxy S3 Mini uses 480 x 800 while the S3 has a more impressive 720 x 1280. This means the pixels are packed more tightly on the latter for a higher level of detail – 306ppi compared to 223ppi. 


A highlight of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is its powerful Exynos 4 Quad 1.4GHz, an own-brand quad-core processor. Whereas the Galaxy S3 Mini has a more modest 1GHz dual-core chip.It’s clear the Mini is less powerful than the S3 but we can’t say how much less. We’ll be running benchmarks as soon as we can so keep an eye out. 


The Galaxy S III comes in three storage options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, matching the iPhone 5. There are still three storage options when it comes to the Galaxy S3 Mini but capacities are lower at 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. The larger capacity models of each smartphone are seemingly much harder to come by. Both of Samsung’s Galaxy S3s offer expansion via a microSD card slot but the S3 Mini can only accept a card with half as much storage as the S III – 32GB instead of 64GB. 


The cameras have been downgraded from S3 to S3 Mini. The flagship device has an 8Mp rear facing camera with the ability to record video in full HD 1080p quality. However, the Galaxy S3 Mini has a 5Mp equivalent with lower quality 720p video recording. 

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S3 Mini: Connectivity 

Both smartphones have the same list of connectivity features including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, near-field communications (NFC) and digital living network alliance (DLNA) certification. A key thing to note is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in a 4G version but the Galaxy S3 Mini is restricted to 3G. 


Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Galaxy S3 Mini comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 runs on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but an update to Jelly Bean is currently being roll out across Europe so soon enough they will match each other for software. Both use Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. 

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S3 Mini: Battery 

Samsung hints at good battery life for its flagship phone with a 7.8Wh (2100mAh) battery. In proportion to the drop in other specifications, the Galaxy S3 Mini has a lower capacity 5.6Wh (1500mAh) pack. Stay tuned for our Galaxy S3 Mini review for our battery life test results. 

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