Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition available now, costs more than it should
It seems that there are only two differences between the Galaxy S III Mini VE and the original version of the smartphone (first released in late 2012). The new model runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box (as opposed to Android 4.1), and has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (an upgrade from the 1.0GHz dual-core CPU of the old model). And that’s it, the rest of its features remained unchanged, including a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, 5MP rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable internal memory.
For the moment, the Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition is available only in the Netherlands. The handset costs around $250 (€181) - that’s about $50 higher than the price of the original S III Mini. As we said back in January, we don’t really see the point in having a Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition, not at this price and not when other smartphones, which offer better specs, can cost less (see the Motorola Moto G).
source: GSMinof.nl (translated)
1. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1715; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
in this department moto G is still king.
14. corporateJP (Posts: 2424; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
I've always said Samsung low-ends are overpriced junk, and this is proof.
I applaud their flagships, but the Ace, Duos, Centurion, etc. are just troft fodder.
If I'm shopping and I see this on a shelf next to a Moto G, even if the prices on both were the same, it would be a no-brainer. The only thin this has on the G is a removable battery and upgradable memory, but it's not worth the $100+ hike.
2. HASHTAG (Posts: 255; Member since: 31 Jan 2014)
I don't think Samsung understands the term value.
5. Insignificant (Posts: 192; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
They're copying Apple by overpricing the 'value' option.
10. Finalflash (Posts: 2197; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
And therefore, they are giving other manufacturers a chance by being complete idiots.
12. h3nryvn (Posts: 25; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
It's true they try to imitate apple marketing strategy however they stupidly value their phone too much. 100usd already gud enough
3. omaar97 (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
What is the point from releasing this thing?
What are you doing Samsung?
Same goes to the Neo series, I don't really know what's the point from all these devices
15. corporateJP (Posts: 2424; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
I'd disagree here, because Apple doesn't even have 1/8 of the amount of devices that Samsung has on the market as of right now.
Any Samsung that isn't a flagship is horrible. However, they seem to sell a lot of $100 phones at Walmart on Straight Talk, and that is where they crush Apple. I feel for some of the people that buy them and think they'll be getting a flagship experience, though, because this happens often.
27. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3579; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
iPhone 4 relaunched here in India. What's the reason? That's why I said following Apple. :)
6. amro99 (Posts: 91; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
I bet even this overpriced phone will have an acceptable sales volume.just because it has something to do with galaxy s3
7. docxx (Posts: 63; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
there is only on true mini it's the Z1 compact!
11. tech2 (Posts: 3057; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
You forgot the part where it said 'Value Edition' !
8. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 173; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
More usless dilution of one's own sales demographics.
9. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
You write an article about Samsung releasing a New(upgraded might be a better term)model of their Galaxy S series, and they are charging $250 for it, and you refrain from mentioning that Apple charges $450 for an 8GB iPhone 4S that's almost 3 years old now and it has half the internal storage.... Talk about overpriced!!!! Typical phone arena. SMH
16. corporateJP (Posts: 2424; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
I don't think too many people will disagree with that either, I know I don't.
Both the 4S and this "Value Edition" are hot trash.
17. Florin.T (Posts: 165; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)
JerryTime: We're talking about newly-released (or kind of new) Android handsets in this article. You suggest we should attach a list of all the hundreds of overpriced phones that came out this decade?
18. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
No I'm asking you to call the shots equally, which apparently this website in general struggles with.
19. Planterz (Posts: 1660; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
So it's fair to compare a cheaply made plastic phone with one with premium materials and construction? And since when is 8gb internal storage half as much as 8gb? WTF are you babbling about?
Don't get me wrong, I think iPhones are overpriced too, And I don't think the $200 price difference is entirely justified by being nicer. But this article is about the S3 Mini Value vs the S3 Mini. It has f**k-all to do with iPhones, or any other phone that isn't in the same "budget" price range. So bringing up the iPhone on your part is silly and fallacious and would only serve your iHate.
How would you suggest Florin mentioning the iPhone 4s being overpriced? Something like "The S3 Mini Value might cost more than it should, but at least it isn't as overpriced as the iPhone 4s"? Right, because that would be objective journalism, and wouldn't make anyone angry either.
13. Planterz (Posts: 1660; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Meanwhile, you can pick up the Galaxy Light (T-Mobile, but you can get it unlocked), which has the same screen, same 5mp camera, same 8gb expandable memory, same 1gb RAM, but a 1.4GHz quad core and LTE, for $150.
21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9879; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's not $150 I'll guarantee you that. It's $240 + tax.
22. Planterz (Posts: 1660; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
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OK, so there's like $9 in shipping, but even then it's under $160.
24. Planterz (Posts: 1660; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I guess they charge tax too, so the final total is like $171. Way cheaper than $240, or $216, which the price is on TM's website right now.
25. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 166; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
$240 is T-Mobile price. I got mine for $150 (on sales price) from newegg. Amazon and HSN have it too, but it's on and off.
20. stijnvbrummelen (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)
In the netherlands the s3 mini costs $235,- while the value edition costs $270,-