Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on April 8, 2013

What are the differences when you compare the Samsung Galaxy Grand with the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? Does the 5.0-inch display on the Galaxy Grand, trump the Galaxy S3 Mini’s smaller 4.0-inch screen? Size isn’t everything… Is its dual core processor any good? What about weight? Is the Galaxy S3 Mini too heavy? Discover which handset wins this big phone fight in the table below…

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Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Samsung Galaxy Grand VS Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Display 5.0-inch LCD 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(186.6 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz dual core processor 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9
Software Android 4.1.2 Android 4.1
Storage 8GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 or 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 2.0MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 76.9 x 143.5 x 9.6mm 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm
Weight 162g 111g
Talktime 10.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 440 hours 430 hours
Extras Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Connectivity

The Galaxy Grand is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA chipset, along with 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. No 4G in this phone, however. Samsung has jammed its handset with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. 4G isn’t supported here either.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (0-1)

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Size/Weight

Modern phones are hardly fat and frumpy. The Galaxy Grand measures 143.5 x 76.9 x 9.6mm. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 Mini is 121.6 x 63.0 x 9.9mm. The Galaxy S3 Mini is the shorter of the two phones by 21.9mm. Drop the two handsets on the scales and the Samsung Galaxy Grand weighs 162g, while the Galaxy S3 Mini is 111g. The Galaxy S3 Mini is leading after the first two rounds. But can it hold on?
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (0-2)

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Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Camera/Video

The design of the Samsung Galaxy Grand incorporates a 8.0 Megapixel camera with a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 and autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, geo-tagging, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 2.0MP camera on the front.

In this round, the Galaxy S3 Mini comes off second best. Its 5.0 Megapixel lens (with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording) falls short. The highest resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels. Another 0.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Galaxy Grand wins (1-2)

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Display

So which screen is better? The Galaxy Grand boasts a LCD panel, which measures 5.0 inches across the diagonal and delivering a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. By our calculations, this means that there are 384000 pixels overall, which translates to a far from impressive 186.6 pixels per inch measurement.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5.0-inch LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 186.6.

In comparison, the Galaxy S3 Mini’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen is 4.0 inches wide. The 480 by 800 resolution matches the Galaxy Grand. The pixel density of 233.25 here beats the 186.6 rating given to the Galaxy Grand.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (1-3)

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Processor

So how much oomph do they have? inside the Galaxy Grand there’s a dual core processor chip, rated at 1.2GHz. The Galaxy S3 Mini boasts a slightly slower 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor.
— The Galaxy Grand wins (2-3)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Halfway through this fight, the Galaxy S3 Mini has opened up a slight 1-point lead. But this isn’t over. Let’s see what the Galaxy Grand has to offer in the second half.

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Software

Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1. No winner here.
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (3-4)

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Applications

Android 4.1.2 vs. Android 4.1. Again, no winner. With three rounds left, the Galaxy S3 Mini has stayed out in front. There’s still time for things to change.
— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (4-5)

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Storage

Storage-wise… The Samsung Galaxy Grand has an internal storage capacity of 8GB. The Galaxy S3 Mini, meanwhile, is a bit more versatile and comes in 8 or 16GB versions. The Galaxy Grand also includes a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 72GB. Likewise, a microSD slot on the Galaxy S3 Mini further boosts the overall memory on Samsung’s phone to 48GB.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (4-6)

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Battery Life

Juiced up to full capacity, the Galaxy Grand boasts 10.0 hours of talktime according to Samsung, while the Galaxy S3 Mini is rated at 7.0 hours. Standby time is rated at 440 hours and 430 hours respectively. So the Galaxy S3 Mini loses this one.
— Galaxy Grand (5-6)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Samsung Galaxy Grand vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy Grand also includes Dual SIM, GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 Mini is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Galaxy Grand wins (6-6)

BPF verdict: It’s a tie! (6-6)

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