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Samsung Galaxy S III mini preview: First look

11 October 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Samsung Galaxy S III mini preview: First look - read the full textThe Samsung Galaxy S III is one beast of a smartphone, but for many it is still too much to handle. A strong point can be made that a large screen is necessary for proper enjoyment of media on the go or great browsing experience, but not everyone is willing to put a with the body that...


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> In reply to Marc Aurel @ 2012-10-13 01:31 from nx6C - click to readST-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.

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  • 2012-10-13 02:31
  • YPb1

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-10-12 17:31 from YPb1 - click to readIt'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.

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  • 2012-10-13 01:31
  • nx6C

> In reply to ab @ 2012-10-12 10:44 from fCNZ - click to readFor 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.

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  • 2012-10-13 00:55
  • L2sQ

This means my Galaxy S advance will be getting jelly bean update soon...

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  • 2012-10-12 19:49
  • vG77

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.

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  • 2012-10-12 17:31
  • YPb1

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.

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  • 2012-10-12 17:24
  • YPb1

> In reply to afr @ 2012-10-12 16:18 from TXBd - click to readFor low budget users who love S3 lines and futures (NFC, JB, etc.)

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  • 2012-10-12 17:10
  • srpn

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. :-)

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  • 2012-10-12 16:46
  • UFDw

As much as I like Samsung's products, I can't understand this move. Can someone enlight me ?

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  • 2012-10-12 16:18
  • TXBd

> In reply to ljaz @ 2012-10-12 10:12 from L742 - click to readsony 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.

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  • 2012-10-12 15:46
  • vb}B

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

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  • 2012-10-12 14:37
  • HD${

> In reply to Bert @ 2012-10-12 09:58 from nH$I - click to read>>>>> 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
Why not?

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  • 2012-10-12 14:13
  • T4MR

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.

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  • 2012-10-12 10:44
  • fCNZ

Wtf this is galaxy s advance with new body... Samsung needs to rethink what they are doing..

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  • 2012-10-12 10:12
  • L742

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!

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  • 2012-10-12 10:12
  • 7vck

Razr M?... No radio, no NFC, 10% heavier.

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  • 2012-10-12 09:58
  • nH$I

Fail, failure, failurest

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  • 2012-10-12 09:46
  • tV0$
  • Stupid Cheap Plastic
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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!

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  • 2012-10-12 09:28
  • vJAk

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...

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  • 2012-10-12 09:09
  • 0IQg

this device is totally different with the big one (s3) then why it called s3 mini. as I know the mini title is the product with same hardware as predecessor but with more compact size and design..example n97 to n97 mini etc.
note : i'm not fanboy

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  • 2012-10-12 07:46
  • PRWT

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