Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Preview

Android smartphones come in all shapes and sizes, including cute and cuddly, as the case is with the Samsung Galaxy mini 2. This petite-sized entry-level device is the successor to last year's Galaxy mini, and as such, it comes with improvements both on the inside and on the outside. To start, the screen is not only slightly bigger, but also sports HVGA resolution whereas the previous model had a modest QVGA display. Furthermore, the 600MHz processor has been ditched in favor of an 800MHz single core chip.

Hardware specs aside, we checked out the Galaxy mini 2 at MWC 2012 and it was not too shabby considering its entry-level nature. Now, however, it is time to give it a more thorough examination. What we have here is a prototype version of the Samsung Galaxy mini 2, which, although a bit crude and unpolished, can give us a general idea as to how the device performs in real life.


Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is made out of plain old plastic, but hey, don't forget that the device is meant to be cheap. There is a chrome-like shiny bezel around its side, while the back cover sports a fine texture that adds a little bit of extra grip and keeps fingerprints at bay. So yeah, no fancy materials anywhere in sight, but thankfully, the handset looks presentable and feels properly built.

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

What we are quite happy with is the way the Galaxy mini 2 fits in the palm. It feels like a pebble and rests naturally without being too small to use comfortably. All you need to operate the device is a single thumb. Additionally, the lock key and the 2-button volume rocker are very easy to find and respond with a nice click when pressed. As it is on any recent Samsung Galaxy device, underneath the handset's display we have a physical home key and two capacitive buttons for the home and back functions – properly spaced out and not prone to accidental presses.


What we have on the Galaxy mini 2 is a 3.27-inch display with a resolution of 320 by 480 pixels (176ppi), which is okay for a low-level smartphone. It is sufficiently responsive to the touch and glows bright enough to be somewhat usable under broad daylight. Still, do not expect anything groundbreaking as the screen is of the TFT LCD variety.

Samsung GALAXY mini 2 360-degrees View:



12. surajitrath

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

When will it be available in Kolkata market and what will be it's price in INC?

11. samboycott

Posts: 11; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

Apart from some generic issues likebattery and touch pad and WiFi, this phone has typing issues, you cannot tyoe a single line without errors in every word. Google plans to move away from Samsung Google is receiving millions of issues related to Samsung phones every day, so they have decided to move out of Samsung, then obviously they won’t support the android phones from Samsung anymore. It is better to learn before time. Windows is running the latest trends smartphones and also very popular. Windows phones from Nokia are the rapid sold handsets all over the world. Nokia has launched the windows Lumia phones at various range for better availability to users. Grab your Windows phone or smartphone now

10. kashifkk

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Nice Cell Phone In Middle rang Good Thing is 4gb Internal Memory i am with that :)

6. gmp009

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 27, 2012


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1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't like the TFT LCD screen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thumbs down SAMSUNG!!

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You can't expect samsung to put a high end panel on every phone they release, for a entry level device this is quite nice and will fit most peoples needs just fine

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't think AMOLED is high END any longer!!!

3. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Well, did you expect a Super Amoled plus HD panel?

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Expect?? Don't people expect better things?? Don't you?

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not talking about an HD screen!!

4. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The Galaxy mini was a very high seller despite its basic display as it was generally priced around the 90-100 euro mark,the mini 2 is an improvement on that so if its priced as competitvely people buying won't be complaining about not having super amoled screens etc.
GALAXY mini 2
  • Display 3.3 inches
    480 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1300 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3.6
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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