Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition available now, costs more than it should

Samsung recently launched a slightly upgraded version of its Galaxy S III Mini in Europe. Called Galaxy S III Mini Value Edition, this new handset resembles the old model almost entirely, and you wouldn’t know it’s a new device just by looking at it.

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)

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Galaxy S III mini Value Edition
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

in this department moto G is still king.

14. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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 unregistered

I don't think Samsung understands the term value.

5. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

They're copying Apple by overpricing the 'value' option.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

And therefore, they are giving other manufacturers a chance by being complete idiots.

12. h3nryvn

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 29, 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: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 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

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Following Apple.

15. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

iPhone 4 relaunched here in India. What's the reason? That's why I said following Apple. :)

6. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 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: Feb 27, 2014

there is only on true mini it's the Z1 compact!

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

You forgot the part where it said 'Value Edition' !

8. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

More usless dilution of one's own sales demographics.

9. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 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: Nov 09, 2013

No I'm asking you to call the shots equally, which apparently this website in general struggles with.

19. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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. Twit.

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's not $150 I'll guarantee you that. It's $240 + tax.

23. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Or $170 shipped off eBay. $120 used.

24. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

In the netherlands the s3 mini costs $235,- while the value edition costs $270,-

26. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"Another day, another Galaxy" - Unknown

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