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Published On: Tue, Oct 23rd, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Yet another fabulous device has been announced which we can compare with Samsung Galaxy S3. So without wasting time, read further to know what new the new Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has to offer. Check out Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini straight comparison.

S3 Mini is a smaller device and comes with fewer specs than what the bigger S3 had offered. However, there are much more to reveal about this upcoming device Mini which is yet to launch in the market. Still we aim that it would come from mid-high segment and would be an attractive weapon to take up the bars of Galaxy S3 series.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Price

Operating System

Samsung Galaxy S III is powered by a 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which comes integrated to the device. The current device or S III mini will boast the recent Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It is not sure what all carriers Samsung is gonna choose and which countries will get the access to this new device. Still, this new version will be delighted for the users who will get amazing JellyBean experience. In this matter, there is no comparison as Galaxy S3 can be upgradable to the higher version where both the devices stand as tie.

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Specs

Winner: it’s a tie


No wonder in this matter, Samsung uses its own Exynos quad core processor for the flagship model Galaxy S III. However, this quad core processor (Exynos 4412) is not a worthy spec if compared with the Qualcomm’s new APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro. This is a new and very powerful feature which successfully powers the new device. Still, it is very new to the market and you cannot expect it to be available in much of the devices currently. So, no chance of using it in Galaxy S3! On the other hand, Mini is using NovaThor 8420 SoC as reports speculated. We would say Qualcomm Snapdragon will be much better to win the race with other challenging devices in the cellphone market.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy SIII


Galaxy S III features 4.8-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive display and boasts 720 by 1280 pixels resolution at 306 ppi. Such feature is really great to have as it makes the display much more appealing and eye-pleasing.  As compared to its rivals such as LG Optimus G, Apple iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920, the display of S3 is much more attractive than its rivals. On the other hand, if you compare S3 Mini with its predecessor, it carries ordinary display. The screen sports 4.0-inch Super AMOLED Capacitive WVGA display and the resolution is comparatively low, 480 by 800 pixels at 233 ppi. The display in this matter is far very low and cannot be compared with S3. Moreover, S3 has also got Gorilla Glass 2 protection which in S3 mini is missing.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3


Both these devices are equipped with 1GB RAM which avoids lagging. S3 comes with three versions – 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage models along with expandable memory of up to 32 GB via microSD card slot. On contrast to Galaxy S3, S3 mini only comes in two versions – 8GB and 16GB along with microSD card slot of up to 32 GB. So, again Galaxy S3 is more suitable than Mini.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3


Samsung Galaxy S3 has got a very powerful 8 megapixel primary camera at its rear which comes with several features such as auto focus, LED flash, smile detection, face detection, etc. The camera can record full HD 1080p video without even letting you feel disappointed. Apart from this, a front facing camera is also provided that offers video calling option through a 2 megapixel sensor.

Compared to this, S3 mini only has 5 megapixel primary camera that records just 720p HD video. It also has a front facing camera for video conferencing but the quality is of VGA which is lower than what S3 offers. Huge difference occurs between VGA and a 2 MP camera. At least, Samsung S3 doesn’t give you annoying, grainy images which you will find in Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3


For connectivity, both the smartphones offer Wi-Fi with hotspot, Bluetooth, NFC support, microUSB port, and microUSB port 2.0. Despite this, Galaxy S3 also comes equipped with MHL link that lets you access the files on TV (music/video) through TV-out. This feature is not available in Mini.

Data connectivity includes GPRS and EDGE Class 12 and Speed up to 237 kbps. However, when you use 3G network on HSDPA, S3 may provide you 21 Mbps where S3 mini only manages to offer 14.4 Mbps. Both the models are packed with GPRS navigation which also uses Google Maps.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3


S3 sits under its hood a very powerful 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery whereas; S3 Mini only gets its power from a 1500 mAh battery. The display size of both the devices matter greatly when it comes to battery. S3 has bigger screen that demands more battery power. Smaller one consumes comparatively less. The smaller the screen, the smaller will be the battery.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S3

Media and Entertainment

In this matter, both the cellphones are close enough. Each one supports DivX/XviD video formats. Native music and Video player are provided in both the gadgets. Also offered is the stereo FM Radio that comes along with RDS support for enhanced experience.

Winner: It’s a tie


Price is the only best part for S3 lovers who can buy Mini to get the same S3 experience at low cost. If you are running out of budget and demand S3 then Galaxy S3 Mini serves you similarly. Pricing for Mini will release after its launch. Galaxy S3 price is around Rs. 32,000 to 34,000.

Final Conclusion

Both the devices are similar in terms of design, but the internal specs have been tweaked to bring down the price of Mini. Users will get same S3 experience, but the Mini comes for low price than S3 for which the specs and features have been reduced that differentiated the standards. So, the winner here is none other than Samsung Galaxy S3, but Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is favorable to those who want it for affordable price.

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