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New Samsung GT-I8200 to be a Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition?

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New Samsung GT-I8200 to be a Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition?
Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini was originally released in November 2012 as a cheaper, less advanced alternative to that year’s S III flagship. It’s still a popular smartphone around the world, and at the moment it can be bought for around $230 unlocked.

At $230, the S III Mini is already a pretty great value-for-money handset, so we were baffled to learn that a new “Value Edition” of it may be introduced soon.

According to SamMobile, the Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition has the model number GT-I8200 - that’s a slight upgrade from the model number of the original S III Mini (GT-I8190). Unfortunately, there are no images to show the S III Mini Value Edition, and neither details on its features. We checked the FCC and the Bluetooth SIG, finding that the GT-I8200 was approved by both certification bodies last month (December 2013), so it appears to be a brand new device.

There are two variations of the handset listed at the Bluetooth SIG: a GT-I8200N, which is seemingly made for Europe, and a GT-I8200L for South America. The FCC tested only the GT-I8200N, revealing that it comes with dual-band Wi-Fi and 3G (1900 MHz). The sketch of the GT-I8200N seen at the FCC suggests that this new S III Mini looks a lot like the old one, possibly exactly the same. Its specs (display, processor, etc.) could also be similar.

We can only guess that the Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition will be cheaper than the model that’s currently available. But why exactly would Samsung bother to launch it? We don’t know, but perhaps the company will shed some light on this soon.

It's said that Samsung plans to introduce a Galaxy Grand Lite and a Galaxy Note 3 Lite next month, so maybe the S III Mini VE will be unveiled then as well.

New Samsung GT-I8200 to be a Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition?
New Samsung GT-I8200 to be a Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition?

sources: SamMobile, FCC, Bluetooth SIG (1), (2)

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posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:19 8

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Too many Galaxies, Samsung! You're not giving consumers more choices, you're giving consumers headache. Especially this S3 Mini Value Edition, lol wut? I think the only upgraded specs is the Android 4.3.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 22:43 2

12. TechBlue (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 May 2010)


I have to agree many choices of the Galaxies are not good for the consumer but creates confusion. Samsung is becoming the hungry whore of the mobile industry

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 23:09 2

14. tenho1982 (Posts: 61; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I can see all of them make sense. For myself, nothing can replace the S4/Note3. Other Galaxy phones are not in my range of choice so it doesn't give me a headache at all. Some of the Galaxy phones are cheap, some are at average price, some big, some small. Some of them are even just for a particular market, so why bother to criticise Samsung all the time now?

P/S: Some of them become obsolete after 2 years and get replaced by newer versions. The phone themselves get evolved

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 10:39

19. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


according to your PS... this S3 mini released in 2012 has come back to life with a value edition... expect the value edition lite edition in 2015

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:23 4

2. LoveHater (Posts: 160; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


Samsung wants to fill space Galaxy with their GALAXY's
A for Apple
G for Galaxy

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:24 2

3. nokia12 (Posts: 326; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


so first we have a flagship
then a mini version of flagship
then a mini version of the mini version of the flagship
whats next ?

Mini mini ooo mini mini

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:28 1

5. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


A new 2014 Mini Cooper.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 22:45 1

13. TechBlue (Posts: 62; Member since: 06 May 2010)


mini me you complete me

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 20:27 3

4. MrKoles (Posts: 330; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)


Mini version of Mini? O_o
I like Samsung but they really should forget about S3 and the n+1 versions (not about the updates however)...

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 00:59

15. ihavenoname (Posts: 1487; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


What S3 Mini needs is Kitkat (I read that it's confirmed to get it), that dual core processor has only just and just power to make using enjoyable.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 21:10

6. Duketytz (Posts: 513; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Er wait so we have a mini-ception now? How many of these devices actually get upgrades?

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 21:28 1

7. wando77 (Posts: 305; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Getting silly

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 21:29 2

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Value edition? What's the use? The s3 mini's value already depreciated

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 21:31 1

9. wando77 (Posts: 305; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


How about just having -
Galaxy Mega
Galaxy note
Galaxy note lite
Galaxy S
Galaxy S lite
Galaxy S mini
Galaxy Ace

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 01:02

16. ihavenoname (Posts: 1487; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Good idea, but S Lite out and replace it with Express.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 21:50

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1503; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Take all Apple smartphones on the market and all the other devices (ipads, macs…) they can fit on a standard office table. That handful of devices fiercely competes with all these

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 21:50

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1503; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Take all Apple smartphones on the market and all the other devices (ipads, macs…) they can fit on a standard office table. That handful of devices fiercely competes with all these

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 18:41

17. ThePython (Posts: 359; Member since: 08 May 2013)


"Why would Samsung bother to release this phone?"

Because it's Samsung we're talking about. Lol.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 19:13

18. Vireak (unregistered)


Milk it, Sammy! When Apple releases larger phones, your days are numbered.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 10:54

20. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wait what?... the mini value edition?.. I need an aspirin...

posted on 23 Jan 2014, 03:05

21. Honzekk (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Hi. According to GFX have GT-i8200 proccessor Marvell PXA986. Do you think it's good choice?
I want buy Galaxy S3 mini. I don't knew if rather i8190 or i8200.

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