Samsung makes Galaxy S III mini official

Samsung makes Galaxy S III mini official
The Samsung Galaxy S III mini is now official. The 4.0-inch handset that some hoped would be Samsung’s answer to the iPhone 5, turned out to be a rather mediocre device, but it is affordable and it comes with the latest of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The interesting thing about the Galaxy S III mini is that it has all the unique features that came in the original S III: TouchWiz with the S Voice assistant, SmartStay that shuts off the screen when you’re not looking at it and S Beam with tap to share for songs and files as big as 10MB. We don’t know whether that’s a good thing or not, though - we definitely prefer Google’s Voice Search with its accuracy and quickness over the sluggish S Beam.

Hardware-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S III mini is a mid-range device. Here is a quick rundown of its spec highlights:

The S III mini is 0.39 inches (9.9mm) thick, a hair larger than the original. It’s coming in white and blue, the same colors, and the same design with rounded edges as the Galaxy S III. It will definitely sell for the Holidays in Europe which is one of its main target markets (no word on U.S. availability, though) for a price of around 400 euro (around $515). How do you like it?

source: Samsung

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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)



1. chunk1x

Posts: 248; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Dear Phone Arena; You are 24 hours late on this one. Every other sites already posted it.

34. loli5

Posts: 76; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

They were too busy "reporting" on the fact that accessories for the ipodXL- I mean the ipad mini WILL be available. Riveting stuff.

2. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

9.9mm is a hair larger than 8.9mm. meh..

3. wendygarett unregistered

It is designed for consumers who cannot afford sgs3 but want to get this in order to showing off in the name of 'galaxy s3' :)

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

so this wil be market same as the galaxy s advance then.... a step down version of s1/s2!!! but atleast that phone looks more premium!

26. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

With those specs it tarnishes the sgs3's name.

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

really looks ugly! UGLY!!! but almost same specs of the iPhone 5!!! i wish samsung's designer will be change.. and maybe they could hire some people from nokia that was fired! admit it, nokia designs are way better than samsung...way premium looking! nokia 701(yes the symbian phone) looks way better than this crap!

6. wendygarett unregistered

What do you expect? It is a mini version of sgs3

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

thats the problem!! i hate s3's design!! i really dont know why but wave 3 looks more premium looking than s3!! atleast they should have use that design instead of this!

7. Seymur unregistered


10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i love pickachu... so that explains my username! :)

13. mobileharan

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Galaxy Note II and Galaxy SIII mini looks good .. But Galaxy SIII looks ugly to me .. I dont know the reason and I know it's all almost the same design ..

8. niks_94

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Heyy phonearena users ! HELP !! Should i go for the S Advance or wait for the S III Mini ???

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

s3 mini!! even though it dont look premium!!! its android 4.1 while advance is stock at 2.3! :)

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Depends on price, they have the same specs except for the 1GB RAM in the SIII. But paying 100 Euros more for 256MB of RAM is just ridiculous, and the S Advance costs only 300 Euros. The advance has only Android 2.3, but it should be upgraded soon to at least 4.0 and probably 4.1 as it has the same HW as the SIII mini. I'm guessing the SIII has also the crappy NovaThor U8500 chip inside, it's just a guess but an educated one.

19. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Ah! and if you are in Europe and don't realy mind to spend the 400 Euros you'll be MUCH better off buying the HTC One S, same price with by far HIGHER specifications and build quality.

23. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Galaxy S2 is better than both, it has much better screen, processor and camera. If you are on budget s advance is better, Samsung are planning to update it to jelly bean(they are skipping ics). S3 mini is overpriced atm, if you really want to get it wait for the pricedrop.

9. redmd

Posts: 1910; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

expensive, I'd go for the galaxy nexus than this one.

24. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I 2nd that. Nexus is a great phone.

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Underpowered device, it won't perform that well in most HD games and in multitasking given that it only has 552MB of usable RAM out of 1GB.

18. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

There is hardly any game that uses more than 100MB RAM in the market, so RAM should not be a problem. Also the phone is 480 x 800-pixel, so why do you care about HD games? But you are not wrong, the GPU is probably a Mali400 with just one core, so it won't perform too well with 3D games. (I'm assuming a ST NovaThor U8500 inside)

22. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

RAM usage will be a problem since on idle the device uses around ~380MB with Samsung's junk apps running. It would only be a matter of time before the system starts to close down apps when running low on memory. Imagine listening to some music, playing a game at the same time while having a few tabs in Chrome opened with such a low amount of memory.

25. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

May we assume then, that under the same criteria ANY phone in the market right now it uderpowered in your opinon? I'm jus telling because I'm only aware of one phone currently in the market with more than 1 GB RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S III USA version. Is that what you want to say: that every phone in the market is underpowered? HTC One series, Sony Xperia series, all LG flaships (till the Optimos G goes out), ect... All of them? I find it like a joke... But that's just my personal opinion. I have a Nexus S with only 512 MB RAM or memory: that's underpowered and there I have issues, as you may have with your phone. But for now 1 GB is more than enough.

28. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Any phone? Most devices have at least 700-800MB of usable memory out of 1GB and that ensures a fully fledged multitasking experience. 512MB of RAM or anything lower makes the device lag when opening a lot of things. My myself have an Ace 2 with 555MB of RAM and it's a real pain to multitask. As for the S3 Mini Samsung has surely bloated it with a lot of junk services and apps that bog down the whole system.

29. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

That's just your assumption, and as silly one. HTC Sensse uses a lot more RAM for example than Touchwiz, and I don't know any device with 700-800 MB free RAM as I use stock androd and uses already 380 MB with Jelly Bean. Just do the math yourself when you add the OEM layer over it. With 500 MB you should be fine, and if you are not, you won't be with this phone or with any other in the market, cause all use the same OS and all use an OEM layer over it. And I'm curious about where do you read that i will have only 552 MB or ram available for the user (which is probably true, it's just the same as any other) as that is not in the reports. So probably just another of your assumtions...

30. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The GSIII has around 800MB of usable RAM and yet multitasking is flawless. In the case of S3 Mini they surely allocated too much memory to the kernel/hardware features. ~200MB is passable but 472MB lost is quite unacceptable imho.

15. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

The only thing i dont like about this is the battery size.. needs to be at least 1700

16. estreito

Posts: 15; Member since: May 11, 2012

I find it a slightly better version of the S1, wich is a pity, because at this price point Samsung didn't really make an effort to do a better product. We all know that they could have had a huge success if they did.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Big let down by specs. Should'ev had the S3 specs on this.

21. Hamdan

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Xperia P or S III mini ? Which one should i buy

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