Galaxy S3 Mini– A Different Samsung Phone






I’m not amused nor excited to grab the Samsung’s latest device–Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. Personally, i find it as a different phone rather than a downsized or smaller version of the great phone–Samsung Galaxy S3. Why? Look at these important specs below of the “two brothers”.

      SAMSUNG Galaxy S 3    SAMSUNG Galaxy S3 Mini
PROCESSOR Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 1GHz Dual Core
CHIPSET Exynos 4412 Quad  
DISPLAY 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density) 800 x 480 pixels, 4.o inches (233 ppi pixel density
DATA HSDPA  21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps,  LTE HSPA bands 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100
CAMERA 8 mega pixels  (rear)

1.9 mega pixels (front)

5 mega pixels (rear)

VGA camera (front)

I was expecting the “Mini” as smaller in size but with the same processor and other core features of its big brother. I was thinking of an exact copy but in smaller size. Judging from above’s comparison, one can easily spot the BIG differences between the “two brothers”. Did Samsung engineers thought a Quad-core processor can’t be fitted in a 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm phone? Were they convinced that an 8-megapixel camera is too big for the smaller size Galaxy S3 Mini? Is the LTE-radio module wouldn’t have enough space in the Galaxy S3 Mini motherboard?

I don’t think so. The downgrading of the main features of the Samsung Galaxy S3 into the mini version is purely for marketing purposes. Samsung wants to sell the brand as another middle-tier smartphone carrying the legacy of the original Galaxy S3. The “Mini” is expected to hit the Philippine market at about PhP20,000.

Being smaller but with the same looks wouldn’t make one similar to the original. So, i should not call it Galaxy S3 Mini.


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