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?
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.


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

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Galaxy S III mini
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor STE U8420, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(7.83h 3G talk time)

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21 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

12. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 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

14. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 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

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

2. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

3. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 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

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

A new 2014 Mini Cooper.

13. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

mini me you complete me

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 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)...

15. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

6. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

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

7. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Getting silly

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

9. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

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

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

17. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

"Why would Samsung bother to release this phone?" Because it's Samsung we're talking about. Lol.

18. Vireak unregistered

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

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

21. Honzekk

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 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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