The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini may well be out gunned by its big brother the Galaxy S3 but that doesn't matter as they are not in competition with each other. The SGS3 Mini is perfectly suited for consumers that don't need a huge, top of the range smartphone and clearly this will be reflected in the price of the device.

Specs wise, the SGS3 Mini isn't bad at all for a mid range device. Sporting a beautiful Super AMOLED 4 inch display and powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor it is still pretty nippy. I think one of its selling points will actually be its size. Non smartphone geeks that go into a retail store to upgrade are going to be attracted to the SGS3 Mini, not only as it looks good, but it feels great in the hand. The 4 inch display is still the sweet spot for many smartphone users and with the device running Android Jelly Bean straight out of the box there really isn't much to dislike about it.

Available in both 8/16GB models, with MicroSD card support and removable battery these options will attract many consumers. With a 5MP camera and video recording in 720P HD the specs are more than adequate for the majority of Android users and I suspect this latest Galaxy variant could well be a great seller for the South Korean company.

You can catch the full specs below:

  • 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dimensions: 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm
  • Weight: 111.5g
  • NFC capable
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • microSD slot (up to 32GB)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Network: HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 & EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • 5-megapixel (rear) camera w/ AF and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • Video recording/playback: 720p
  • 8/16GB ROM
  • 1500mAh battery
  • Game/Video/ Readers/Music Hub
  • Kies, KiesAir
  • FM Radio (RDS)
  • TouchWiz

Reader comments

Hands on and initial impressions with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini


It's more like the Galaxy S 1.25 since it's using the original Galaxy S screen with a non-Exynos dualcore and a 5MP camera. This phone is pathetic when you have the Lumia 920 and RAZR M being sold for $99. If you don't have much money and love touchwiz, I'd still say stay far far away.

I find it rather sad that the media fails to report the actual SoC used unless they were made by Qualcomm, TI or Samsung. That's rather sad. This phone uses a ST-Ericsson NovaThor chip for those who were wondering.

Missed chance for Sammy. This thing would sell like crazy if they used same internals as in S3. This way they got fine middle class phone that is bit overpriced compared to competition.

No its not...This phone is for the average Joe/Jane that could care less about specs but want a GS3 in a smaller package.

They are still missing the market of people who want the best phones but don't want a phablet. The S3 is bordering on phablet and I can only imagine the sizes we will see next generation.

I am guessing they have spent millions of dollars on research into what people want though.

The market research shows that the cost of producing a high end smaller screen phone is higher than the profits it can bring to a company.

So, I think Samsung is on the right path. Manufacturing a smaller unit is like RIM trying to sell flip phones. :(

I hardly know of anyone who thinks that the SG3 is too big. Even those of the female persuasion. I even know females that can handle the GNote 2 and that's a big phone. I think this phone is more a gimmick.

Count me in as well. I still want decent specs, but I absolutely don't want a huge screen. 4 to 4.3 inches is the perfect compromise between usability and portability.

I'm in the market for a new phone, and honestly, nothing interests me because of the huge screen sizes on high-end phones, and phones with reasonable screens all have sub-par specs otherwise.

They should have at least used a 1.5ghz dual core. This thing is less than a GS-II.

My wife got the Razr M and LOVES it. Perfect size for her. Razr HD was too big to say nothing of the S3. If they price this right (say $99, like the M), it'll sell well, even with gimped specs.

My wife didn't care one bit about specs. How did the screen look, and how did it feel in her hand.

This would have been on the short list if it existed (and was less than $100).

$99 for this? Yeh I doubt this is going to sell for $99, I don't even think its intended for the US since its more aimed at the PAYG market.

Its £266 off-contract, so that translates to around $420.

Put everything in the S3 into this screen size and I would buy two although in a 4 inch size I'd want at least qHD. 4 inch 800x480 pentile screens are bad...

I really wish that Samsung would have chosen a different name for the phone, maybe just the GALAXY Mini. Calling it a GALAXY S III Mini kinda' tarnishes the GALAXY S III brand identity in my opinion and will lead to confusion among those who are already confused enough about the phone that they own; like my coworker who refers to her Skyrocket as a Droid. All being said, I would not mind having this as a second phone and I will definitely recommend it to friends and family that do not need all of the power that most of us here "need".

I think you have a very good point. HTC did the same thing with EVO, and it didn't seem to turn out too well when you had EVO children that weren't as good as the original EVO. It was only until the EVO 4G LTE came out that it really resurrected the EVO name again. "Galaxy Mini" would have been a better idea.

I think you have a very good point. HTC did the same thing with EVO, and it didn't seem to turn out too well when you had EVO children that weren't as good as the original EVO. It was only until the EVO 4G LTE came out that it really resurrected the EVO name again. "Galaxy Mini" would have been a better idea.

Tmo's Galaxy Blaze is so much better than this "newer" phone. Same size, faster proc (1.5Ghz), HSPA+ speed, bigger battery (1750mAh), JellyBean is close to being stable on it as well.

My wife needs a phone but loves the size of her nexus s, which is getting a bit dated, I was thinking this or HTC one s, it looks like the S is better?

A quick look at the specs and you'll realize that this phone IS the Nexus S. Same screen, same camera, same processor, etc. Samsung is just recycling Nexus S parts here.

The One S is better in most ways. The processor is clocked 50% faster, the screen is larger and higher-res (qHD vs. WVGA), and the camera's better. The SIII Mini does have a few advantages: SD card, NFC, removable battery (I presume), and it has Jelly Bean now.

I also had a Nexus S and switched over to an HTC One S. I'm very happy with it - it's as fast as a new phone should be, the camera is actually decent, and the battery lasts quite a bit longer. The One S should be getting Jelly Bean the next month or two; right now it's only been released for a special edition of the One S in Taiwan (so at least it's been written, and just needs to be localized now).

Sense isn't perfect. I find it easier to use - the copy/paste icons have labels - but it's a matter of taste. It's a popular enough phone that you can root it for a more stock experience if you want.

There isn't much else available in our size, but with good specs. Verizon has the Motorola Droid RAZR M, and Sony's Xperia J (or V? I can't keep track) will be good too when it gets here to replace the Xperia S.

I found, the hard way, that the stretching of thumbs and forefingers on the larger phones was not for me. I reluctantly sold my Galaxy Nexus and bought the SIII Mini. No, it's not perfect (what is?), but I'm not going back to iPhone, and this does everything I need in an attractive 4" Android with Jelly Bean. There will be more new toys next year.

Really think Motorola could have done very well with the RAZR M had they been able to get it on all the carriers. I really like that phone and it has good specs in a small package.

They must be selling decently on Verizon though because I see a lot of TV commercials for it.

Motorola could of done really well if they managed to launch their products in more then 1 country (although the Razr is is launched in a dozen or so)

The RAZR M is basically my ideal phone, good size, actual GOOD SPECS (no need to gimp a normal size phone), and pretty good battery life. Alas, I am on Sprint and here I sit with a still too large GNex.

SADLY, my old EVO Design 4G bests this GS Mini in every way...

DC 1.2ghz
768MB of RAM
4" qhd screen
5MP rear cam with all picture mods
720p vidwo
1.3MP front cam
1700maH battery

The One-S, and RAZR More prove you can have kick a$$ things in a normal package.


For a one-hand operation and pocketability, 4 to 4.3 screen is idea. That's why I love my Maxx, because it's just within that borderline and the battery is awesome. If GSIII mini had a large, slim battery built in and just a bump up in spec and camera, I might consider it.