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

by Jerry D on March 11, 2013

What’s are the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? Is the 4.8-inch screen on the Galaxy S3 classier than the 4.0-inch display on the Galaxy S3 Mini? Which one has the best mobile OS? Is the 5.0MP camera on the Galaxy S3 Mini good, average or disappointing? Find out which phone is better by checking the comparison below.

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Samsung Galaxy S3 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 S3 VS Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Display 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
(306.042 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9
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 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 1.9MP Yes, 0.3MP
4G LTE No
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 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm
Weight 133g 111g
Talktime 12.0 hours 7.0 hours
Standby 790 hours 430 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 and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

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

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Connectivity

The Galaxy S3 is well-specced and includes NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and EDR connectivity. It can also accelerate to 4G speeds. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Mini comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR as standard. There’s no 4G here, however.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (1-0)

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

Neither of these phones is hefty, but you’d expect the Galaxy S3 Mini to take this round. Get the tape measure out and you’ll find that the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S3 Mini measure 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm and 121.6 x 63.0 x 9.9mm respectively. The Galaxy S3 Mini is 1.3mm fatter than the Galaxy S3. Put the two phones on the scales and the Samsung Galaxy S3 weighs 133g, while the Galaxy S3 Mini is 111g.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (1-1)

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

Samsung has built an 8.0 Megapixel lens into the Galaxy S3 together with features such as autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. There’s also a front-facing 1.9MP camera for video calls.

In this battle, the Galaxy S3 Mini takes second place. Despite autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, touch focus and 720p video recording, its 5.0 Megapixel camera isn’t up to the standards of the Galaxy S3. Another 0.3 Megapixel (VGA) camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (2-1)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Display

The design of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch touch-sensitive Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. There are 921600 pixels overall, which translates to 306.042 pixels per inch.

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 S3 Mini’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display measures 4.0 inches, a mere 0.8 inches smaller. It boasts a lower resolution than the Galaxy S3 too, namely an outdated 480 x 800 pixels. With 384000 pixels on the 4.0-inch screen, the pixel density is 233.25 pixels per inch.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (3-1)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Processor

These days, speed is crucial. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been constructed around an quad core Exynos 4412 chip, clocked at 1.4GHz. The Galaxy S3 Mini has a dual core ARM Cortex-A9 1GHz processor.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (4-1)

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

After five rounds, the Galaxy S3 leads by 4-1. Of course, with five more points to fight for the Galaxy S3 Mini isn’t beaten yet. Time to move onto the next round: software…

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Software

Neither phone triumphs in this Android 4.0.4 vs. Android 4.1 punch-up. So…
— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-2)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Applications

Again, this pits Android 4.0.4 vs. Android 4.1. Another tie. At the end of this round, the Galaxy S3 is still out in front by 3. With this gap in the scores, the Galaxy S3 Mini is all but beaten.
— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Storage

Which handset wins the storage battle? Samsung gives you a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB Galaxy S3 models. The Galaxy S3 Mini also comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB capacities. The Galaxy S3 also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 128GB. The Galaxy S3 Mini’s overall capacity can also be increased to 48GB via its microSD memory card slot.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (7-3)

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

And now, a quick word about the battery life… Samsung boasts 12.0 hours of talktime for its Galaxy S3, versus 7.0 hours for the Galaxy S3 Mini. The standby times are 790 hours for the Galaxy S3 and 430 hours for the Galaxy S3 Mini. The Galaxy S3 Mini loses out in this part of the fight.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (8-3)

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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 S3 Mini – 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 S3 Mini is packed with GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
— The Galaxy S3 wins (9-3)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins! (9-3)

The Samsung Galaxy S3 wins this match-up. It beats the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, taking 7 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 2 and losing 1. Here’s a quick 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: Yes
The best battery life: Yes
The best extras: Yes

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