The Korean firm Samsung has just unveiled the smaller Galaxy S3 Mini, which looks like the bigger Galaxy S3. The smaller smartphone, however, does not share any similarities with the S3 in terms of hardware.
Compared to Samsung’s current flagship, the S3 Mini shares design similarities such as a glossy finish and curved edges. Sadly, this is where the similarities between the two stop.
The Galaxy S3 has a 1.4GHz quad-core processor sitting under the hood. The S3 mini is powered by a processor that doesn’t even come close to the processing power of the S3. It only sports a 1GHz dual-core processor.
The Galaxy S3 sports an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera that can record videos at 1080p (full HD). The S3 Mini only sports a 5-megapixel primary camera that records videos at 720p.
The Galaxy S3 sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p display, which means the web, videos, pictures, and apps will be seen in rich and vivid colours. We can’t say the same about the S3 Mini, since it only sports a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480×800 pixels.
Although the S3 Mini sports less impressive specs compared to its bigger brother, it runs the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. The Galaxy S3 runs Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean has only begun to roll out to Samsung’s superphone.
Disappointed the S3 Mini doesn’t sport the same hardware as the bigger S3? Don’t be. The smaller version of Samsung’s flagship is a pretty good mid-range Android handset. So if you’re looking for a solid handset without sending too much money, this smaller device may be for you.
Do you want to get your hands on the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, or are you disappointed the smartphone wasn’t a real smaller version of the highly-popular Galaxy S3? Give us your thoughts.