Samsung recently announced the highly speculated and much anticipated Galaxy S3 Mini. While it did turn out to be a smaller version of the Galaxy S3 as expected, Samsung has “shrunk down” other features of the device as well.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini piggybacks on big brother’s name
Now before we get to the shortcomings, there is one thing that the S3 Mini has over its bigger brother – Jelly Bean. As Jelly Bean is out Samsung chose to release it on the smaller device out of the box. the Jelly Bean update will be available for the Samsung Galaxy S3 in the US eventually and some countries have rolled it out.
Now software aside, let’s see what the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is packing. It boasts a display of 4 inches which is the same Super AMOLED display of its larger brother but with a disappointing 480 x 800 resolution. The processor in the mini version of the S3 is also smaller and is a 1GHz dual-core compared to the 1.4GHz quad-core of the S3.
The Samsung Galaxy Mini has 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. The original Samsung Galaxy S3 of course also packs 1GB RAM (2GB in the US) and has an 8-megapixel camera. You can get the S3 Mini in choices of 8GB or 16GB and it supports SD card up to 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also available in 64GB configuration and supports SD cards up to 64GB, giving it a total of 128GB.
With all these shortcomings (display, processor, camera, storage) you would think that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini wouldn’t be worthy of the S3 name. Well you would be right. The only thing it has in common is the exterior styling and that too isn’t something to boast about since it is the weakest feature of the original S3. And with a price tag of around £300 it only costs around £80 less than an S3.
Because of the S3 name, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has received much more attention than any mid-range Android normally would. There will be many unsuspecting shoppers who will think that the S3 Mini is similar to its popular bigger brother but just has a smaller display. Now you know that this is far from the truth.