Galaxy S3 x S3 Mini – What’s the Difference?

Samsung launched the Galaxy S3 Mini shortly after the Galaxy S3. But is it simply a smaller version of the Galaxy S3? Let’s compare the two smartphones in depth to answer this question.

Galaxy S3 x S3 Mini - What's the Difference?

The Galaxy S3 is easily one of the biggest smartphones so far, but many have criticized the size of it. In theory, the Galaxy S3 Mini is perfect for those who prefer a smaller screen.


If you compare in stores, you will see that prices differ dramatically. While we find the Galaxy S3 for values ​​above $ 1200.00, the Galaxy S3 mini is easily found for less than $ 1000. It may not seem like a big difference, but when it comes to paying, you can be sure that it weighs much less.


The Galaxy S3 Mini is smaller in size compared to the S3. He measures 63 X 122 mm compared to 71 x 137 mm from his older brother. However, it is not as slender as the S3 with its thickness of 8.6 millimeters, but has respectable 9.6 millimeters. The Mini S3 is lighter than the S3. Weighs 112g against 133g.


They are 4.8 inches for the S3 and 4.0 for the S3 mini. Both use Super AMOLED technology. The big difference is in the resolutions used. The Galaxy S3 Mini uses 480 x 800, while the S3 has an impressive resolution of 720 x 1280. This means that the pixels are more concentrated, making it more difficult to identify the lines and points that make up the image. They are 306 pixels per inch of the S3 (ppi) versus 223 of the smaller brother.


A highlight of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is its powerful Exynos Quad 4 of 1.4GHz, considering that the Galaxy S3 Mini has a more modest 1GHz dual-core chip. Of course the Mini is less powerful than the S3, but we can not tell an exact amount of difference. We can only ensure that the mini can choke on games that require more processor, more complex tasks and multi-tasking.


The Galaxy S III comes in three storage options, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. For the Galaxy S3 Mini, the options are 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. Both have microSD card expansion slot, but the Mini S3 can only accept a card with half the S3 storage: 32GB instead of 64GB.

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The cameras were demoted from the S3 to S3 Mini. The main device has an 8Mp rear camera with the ability to record video in 1080p Full HD quality. However, the Galaxy S3 Mini has an equivalent 5MP camera with lower quality video recording, 720p HD. The Galaxy S3 also has a high-resolution front camera, while the S3 mini has only a front VGA camera.


Both smartphones have the same list of connectivity features, including Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and DLNA certification. The main thing to note is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in a 4G version, but the Galaxy S3 Mini is restricted to 3G.


The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S3 Mini comes preloaded with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the TouchWiz interface customized by Samsung.


The S3 comes with a 7.8Wh (2100mAh) battery. In proportion to the smallest numbers in other specs, the Galaxy S3 Mini has a smaller capacity 5.6Wh (1500mAh). It is to be expected, however, that the screen of both consume quite a charge of the battery.

How to choose?

If you prefer to save a little more and like smaller phones, the S3 mini is a good option for you. Now, if you like to stay ahead with technology and want to have the best phones with big screens, your choice is even the S3.