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

by Jerry D on May 5, 2013

If you set the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini against the Samsung Galaxy Premier in a mobile melee, which phone wins? Does the 4.0-inch screen on the Galaxy S3 Mini, eclipse the Galaxy Premier’s 4.65-inch display? Is the amount of storage on the Galaxy S3 Mini high enough? And what about design? Is the Galaxy Premier too bulky? Compare the key stats of each phone in the table that follows.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier: 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 S3 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy Premier
Display 4.0-inch Super AMOLED 4.65-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(315.914 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9 1.5GHz dual core TI OMAP 4470
Software Android 4.1 Android 4.1
Storage 8 or 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 8 or 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 1.9MP
4G No LTE
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 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm 68.0 x 134.2 x 9.0mm
Weight 111g 130g
Talktime 7.0 hours 10.75 hours
Standby 430 hours 600 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier 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 S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Connectivity

The wireless options on the Galaxy S3 Mini include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. But no 4G. Samsung’s Galaxy Premier, meanwhile, dishes up NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. 4G is also included.
— The Galaxy Premier wins (0-1)

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

Run the numbers on these two phones and we get the following. The Galaxy S3 Mini is a neat 121.6 x 63.0 x 9.9mm handset. While Samsung’s phone is 134.2 x 68.0 x 9.0mm. The Galaxy S3 Mini is the smaller phone. As for weightiness, the Galaxy Premier is heavier than the Galaxy S3 Mini, tipping the scales at 130g, compared to the Galaxy S3 Mini’s 111g.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (1-1)

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

The Galaxy S3 Mini’s built-in camera has a resolution of 5.0 MP, plus features that include: autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 0.3MP camera on the front.

The Galaxy Premier beats its opponent with an improved 8.0 Megapixel lens with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 1080p video recording. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 1.9MP.
— The Galaxy Premier wins (1-2)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Display

Samsung has built the Galaxy S3 Mini with a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive display. The Super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The pixels per inch (PPI) measurement here is 233.25.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini features a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

In comparison, the Galaxy Premier’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen is slightly larger, measuring 4.65 inches. The pixel density of 315.914 here beats the 233.25 rating given to the Galaxy S3 Mini.
— The Galaxy Premier wins (1-3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Processor

Next up is processing power – the Galaxy S3 Mini’s chip is a 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9, while the Galaxy Premier uses a dual core TI OMAP 4470 processor, clocked at 1.5GHz.
— The Galaxy Premier wins (1-4)

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

At half-time, the Galaxy Premier leads the Galaxy S3 Mini and has opened up a good 3-point lead. But this fight ‘aint over. Has the Galaxy S3 Mini got the tech to win the key storage and battery life rounds?

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Software

Pitting Android 4.1 vs. Android 4.1 is like comparing an orange to another, er, orange.
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-5)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Applications

Again, in an Android 4.1 (Google Play) vs. Android 4.1 (Google Play) match-up, there’s no winner. Look at the scores and you’ll see that there’s been no real change since half-time, the Galaxy Premier is still ahead. In fact, the Galaxy Premier’s lead looks unassailable.
— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (3-6)

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-7)

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

With a full charge, Samsung’s spec sheet lists 7.0 hours of talktime for its phone, compared to 10.75 hours for the Samsung Galaxy Premier. As for standby time, the phones can last for 430 hours and 600 hours respectively. The Galaxy S3 Mini finishes last here.
— Galaxy Premier (4-8)

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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 S3 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S3 Mini also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. In comparison, the Galaxy Premier is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— It’s a tie, one point each (5-9)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy Premier wins! (5-9)

The Samsung Galaxy Premier wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 4 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

The best connectivity: Yes
The best size/weight: No
The best camera/video: Yes
The best display: Yes
The best processor: Yes
The best software: Comparable
The most applications: Comparable
The most storage: Comparable
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Comparable

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