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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S3 - Camera, Battery


Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - 8/16GB with microSD slot

Samsung Galaxy S3 - 16/32/64GB with microSD slot

As a lower-cost device, we're not too surprised to see that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini doesn't offer particularly high-capacity options. You're stuck with either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, while the full fat Samsung Galaxy S3 goes all the way up to 64GB (although good luck finding the 64GB model in the UK…).

Initial storage isn't a huge concern, though, as both phones come with a microSD memory card slot that lives under the battery cover. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini


Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - 5MP, LED flash, VGA secondary camera

Samsung Galaxy S3 - 8MP, LED flash, 1.9MP secondary camera

Once again, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini feels the cuts involved in stepping down from the level of a flagship phone to a mid-range one. It offers a 5-megapixel camera sensor while the Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera. The secondary cameras show a similar gap, with a VGA user-facing sensor against the superior 1.9MP sensor of the previous S3 model.

Samsung tends to produce rather good phone cameras, but we do not doubt that the S3 Mini will be thoroughly outpaced by its big brother. As if to demonstrate this, the Mini edition is only capable of capturing video up to 720p in resolution, while the earlier S3 can snag 1080p video.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 5


Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - 1500mAh

Samsung Galaxy S3 - 2100mAh

Once again, the Samsung Galaxy S3 reminds of the original Samsung Galaxy S, this time in its battery capacity. Like the great grandfather of the series, the new Mini features a 1500mAh unit. That's a good deal smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S3's 2100mAh battery.

Of course, one of the biggest drains on a phone's battery is the screen, and the smaller, lower resolution of the Mini's 4-incher should ensure somewhat-comparable battery stamina. You're looking at around a day and a half's moderate use from a charge.


Samsung seemed to claim that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini was like a Galaxy S3 crammed into a smaller body. But that's not really true. It's much more like a revisited Samsung Galaxy S, a phone that's more than two years old.

This isn't a terrible thing, but means that the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is a perfunctory mid-range phone rather than something particularly exciting and new.


October 12, 2012, 11:39 pm

Awesome piece of research, thanks for your efforts


October 12, 2012, 11:43 pm

Can you please suggest best smartphone, budget is around 500$.
Should be nearly perfect in all the aspects. Display, resolution, performance, memory, battery standby and all other features


October 13, 2012, 3:14 am

And how is the S3 mini supposed to compete with the Iphone 5 given its substandard spec? Samsung have always blazed a trail specs wise with Apple being criticised for evolution rather than revolution. If Samsung had trod water, let alone evolved the phone it would have been enough for me to purchase, but a 5 mp camera? Really this was the standard years ago, and is but one of a number of areas the Iphone has trumped this model. The plunge in processor performance is another big blow. I wanted this phone, but I move forwards, not backwards.


January 23, 2013, 7:54 pm

james. this is ment to be a more affordable version of the s3. Not a better phone. So to compare it to an iphone is pointless and time wasting. At half the cost you cannot expect better experience. If your gonna compare the iphone then it needs to be with the s3. if apple bring an iphone mini out then feel free to compare it with this. No one with an iphone can make bold statements such as 'i move forwards, not backwards' as only statements such as 'i move sideways' make sense. faster hardware. but the experience is the exact same with a new iPhone. At least Google change the UI now and again. and you can customise. My missus gets excited everytime she orders a new iPhone. but the novelty wears off as soon as shes done looking at it. As to use the phone itself is almost identical to her old one. Me... I have the note 2. Which trumps the iPhone on everything except design. Lot of people hate that it looks huge. But i don't care what others think when they see me with the house brick on the side of my face. My movies are clearer. My kindle app fits more text on screen. To me, size matters! But to everyone who wants the design of iPhone... each to their own. Same reason i bought my iMac. Don't think I'd to it again though. Cos novelty always wears off, and in the end i have less functionality for quadruple the cost. Peace apple fanboys. P.S that last bit was for fun. So feel free to flame. Because your wasting your time as I wont be returning here. Muahahahahahahaha

Toby Dan

March 13, 2013, 5:38 pm

Trusted reviews huh?? I'm not so sure... according to other reviews, and according to the capacity of the phone storage it says. only 8gb and 16gb. for your information micro sd cards come in standards and can go up to a terrorbite or moreeeeee soooo trusted reviews. not so trusted now huh?!?! the s3 mini is far a better phone. so do your fuckin rresearch maatee AREGHHHS

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