New Samsung GT-I8200 to be a Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition?
posted by Florin T. / Jan 03, 2014, 8:10 PM
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)
- 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)
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.
posted on Jan 03, 2014, 8:19 PM 8
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
posted on Jan 03, 2014, 11:09 PM 2
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
posted on Jan 03, 2014, 8:24 PM 2
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)...
posted on Jan 03, 2014, 8:27 PM 3
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
posted on Jan 03, 2014, 9:31 PM 1
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