Marc Aurel, 13 Oct 2012It's not just a theory, it's full blown conspiracy theory. The NovaThor U8500 also is a fairly... moreST-Micro's NovaThor U8500 is not better than Samsung's Exynos 4 series. Samsung should've put Exynos 4 in this device.
One more thing, ST-Micro currently signed a deal of outsourcing its chips to Samsung.
I feel strong that there was a deal between two companies and EU involes in this matter.
Anonymous, 12 Oct 2012Here is my theory. From the specs sheet, it seems Samsung adopts ST-Microelectronics' chip... moreIt's not just a theory, it's full blown conspiracy theory. The NovaThor U8500 also is a fairly good chipset for the price just like the tests in the review show. It's not supposed to match the four core chipsets or even dual core Kraits, which are more expensive.
ab, 12 Oct 2012Can't wait for this phone.. I know what I am saying.. You should check Samsungs market share i... moreFor the same price as this S3mini you can get Sony Xperia S with 4.3" HD display, dual core 1.5ghz, 32GB storage, 12MP camera with full HD, front facing camera with 720p, NFC, bigger battery etc. etc. etc.
At the end of 2012 Samsung releases a phone with 5MP 720p camera?? funny..
But if they would make S3 mini with hd 4" display and better camera they really would hit the mark.
This means my Galaxy S advance will be getting jelly bean update soon...
Here is my theory.
From the specs sheet, it seems Samsung adopts ST-Microelectronics' chipset which is proven to be crap by several Sony phones and low-end Samsung phones for GSG3 Mini.
And ST-Microelectronics is European semiconductor company. Samsung had a deal with European Union to use chips by ST-Micro, so EU courts rule the several lawsuits in favor of Samsung.
It's only a theory and I don't have a document to back up my case, but there is something very fishy about this Galaxy 3 mini. It just doesn't add up.
What Samsung should've done is - repackaging SGS2 in a slightly different, but attractive body shells. That would be more convincing deal.
This won't sell. Mark my words. This won't sell.
SGS2 will outsell this and wipe the floor until any decent phone replaces it.
afr, 12 Oct 2012As much as I like Samsung's products, I can't understand this move. Can someone enlight me ?For low budget users who love S3 lines and futures (NFC, JB, etc.)
I would assume by carrying the S III label that the Mini will offer the same overall user experience as it's brother. However, I couldn't find that information in the preview. Hopefully, GSM Arena will answer these questions in the full review. :-)
As much as I like Samsung's products, I can't understand this move. Can someone enlight me ?
ljaz, 12 Oct 2012Wtf this is galaxy s advance with new body... Samsung needs to rethink what they are doing.. sony is way ahead of samsung. samsung have identical design for their cell phones either they copy from apple or else they keep it same. whether it will be a samsung duos Y or samsung S II they look identical except their display size.
what a piece of cr@p
this was an opportunity to created a 4" phone for the premium range
instead they put a phone thats sub standard to the galaxy s2
they're not even trying anymore- the plasticy galaxy s3 was the worst designed phone i have ever seen in my life- to rebrand a galaxy s1 with that design just shows how clueless this company is
samsung had a real chance to destroy apple after the iphone 5- instead apple are given a free ride
destroying the "s" brand with mid range crap is like mercedes creating an s class car with an audi floor plan
its sub standard for the premium range- its mid range and it should stay there
Bert, 12 Oct 2012Razr M?... No radio, no NFC, 10% heavier.>>>>> Razr M?... No radio, no NFC, 10% heavier.
There is NFC but no radio.
Razr M - better-bigger screen (higher PPI, better resolution), smaller than SIII mini, better battery life, kevlar back instead of plastic, 8M camera
Can't wait for this phone.. I know what I am saying.. You should check Samsungs market share in everything they make.. They are way ahead of Sony in everythg.. Sony is history.. Samsung is the leader in TVs, phones etc.. Nobody likes Sony now.
Wtf this is galaxy s advance with new body... Samsung needs to rethink what they are doing..
I was quite interested in a mini version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 since the big slab was released in May 29th.
I always thought that a mini would be perfect for use, upon seeing it, I can say that this is what I have been waiting for in an Android phone. Great ergonomics & functionality.
I now await it's arrival & hope the price matches my expectations.
P.S. an Apple iPhone 4 User!
Mini??? is still bigger then iPhone 5! I think mobile phone shouldn't be bigger then 4 inch! I cant stand another Samsung phones! makes me sick already! Over costly cheap plastic that's gonna less than half price after 3 months! Samsung plastic phone designs are awful!
S3 mini which means a high end android phone in a small chasis is a great idea never done before, a very good way to compete iPhone in a new front...
But if you go the other way, create S Advance Plus (or Ace 2 Plus) and name it as if it's a top of the line model that's lying to your customers...
I've lost all my sympathy to Samsung...