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

by Jerry D on March 13, 2013

If you challenge the Samsung Galaxy S3 to a spec-scrap with the Samsung Galaxy Premier, which phone wins the day? Is the 4.8-inch display on the Galaxy S3 lovelier than the Galaxy Premier’s? Does its quad core Exynos 4412 CPU have more grunt? These questions (and more besides) are answered below.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 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 VS Samsung Galaxy Premier
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.65-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
720 x 1280 pixels
(315.914 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 1.5GHz dual core TI OMAP 4470
Software Android 4.0.4 Android 4.1
Storage 16, 32 or 64GB internal, microSD cards up to 64GB 8 or 16GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 1.9MP
4G LTE LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm 68.0 x 134.2 x 9.0mm
Weight 133g 130g
Talktime 12.0 hours 10.75 hours
Standby 790 hours 600 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

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

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Connectivity

The Galaxy S3 is a 3G/HSDPA phone with added NFC, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR. 4G connectivity is also supported. In comparison, the Galaxy Premier features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. It also supports 4G.
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (1-1)

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

This round is all about being thin… The Galaxy S3 is slightly skinnier than the Galaxy Premier with a chassis that’s only 8.6mm thick. The Galaxy S3 is wider, measuring 70.6mm to the Galaxy Premier’s 68.0mm. The Galaxy S3 is slightly tubbier than the Galaxy Premier, weighing in at 133g. The Galaxy Premier is 3g lighter at 130g. The Galaxy Premier takes the lead.
— The Galaxy Premier wins (1-2)

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

The Galaxy S3 is equipped with a 8.0 Megapixel camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Oh and there’s also a 1.9MP camera on the front for making video calls.

The Galaxy Premier also comes equipped with a 8.0 MP camera along with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 1080p video recording. A second 1.9MP camera on the front can be used for video calling.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (2-3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Display

The Galaxy S3 incorporates a touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display, 4.8 inches in size and with a resolution of 720 x 1280. With its 4.8-inch display and overall pixel count of 921600, the Galaxy S3 has a pixels per inch rating of 306.042.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 306.042.

The Galaxy Premier’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display measures 4.65 inches, 0.15 inches smaller. The screen resolution matches that of the Galaxy S3 – 720 x 1280 pixels. Do the math again and, with 921600 overall pixels, the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is 315.914.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-4)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Processor

Assessing the CPUs, we find that inside the Samsung Galaxy S3 there’s a quad core Exynos 4412 chip, ticking along at 1.4GHz. The Galaxy Premier has a 1.5GHz dual core TI OMAP 4470 processor.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (4-4)

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

At the halfway point, the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Premier are tied on 4 points each. Which phone will triumph? Has the Galaxy Premier got the best software or the biggest storage capacity?

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Software

Android 4.0.4 vs. Android 4.1.
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-5)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Applications

There’s no winner in an Android vs Android/Google Play vs Google Play battle.
— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-6)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Storage

It’s close going into this eighth round, the storage battle. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage. The Samsung Galaxy Premier offers you 8 or 16GB versions. The Galaxy S3 naturally wins the internal storage battle with a top-end option of 64GB, compared to the maximum 16GB on the best Galaxy Premier model. The Galaxy S3 also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 128GB. While the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot on the Galaxy Premier bumps up the capacity to 48GB.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (7-6)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Battery Life

As an indication of battery life, the Galaxy S3 weighs in with 12.0 hours of talktime; the Galaxy Premier in comparison boasts 10.75 hours of talktime. In terms of standby times, Samsung’s phone can last 790 hours, while Samsung’s model boasts 600 hours. That’s a smackdown for the Galaxy S3 here.
— Galaxy S3 (8-6)

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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 S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy Premier – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S3 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, barometer, stereo FM radio with RDS, S-Voice, TV-out and Smart Stay eye-tracking. 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
— The Galaxy S3 wins (9-6)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins! (9-6)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins this match-up. For a while there, it was a close-run thing, but the S3 beats the Samsung Galaxy Premier, taking 4 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 5 and losing 1. Here’s a summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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