Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – What’s the difference?

by Jerry D on July 18, 2013

Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini a more powerful handset than the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini? Does the 4.3-inch screen on the Galaxy S4 Mini, blow away the display on the Galaxy S3 Mini? Does the Galaxy S4 Mini include more storage? A faster processor? Time for some answers…

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 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 S4 Mini VS Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
Display 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 4.0-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
(256.047 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 1GHz dual core ARM Cortex-A9
Software Android 4.2.2 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, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, panorama mode 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, EDR 4.0 with A2DP/EDR
Size 61.3 x 124.6 x 8.9mm 63.0 x 121.6 x 9.9mm
Weight 107g 111g
Talktime TBC 7.0 hours
Standby TBC 430 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, S-Voice, S-Travel, S-Health, optional dual SIM, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 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 S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini fight plays out…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Connectivity

The Galaxy S4 Mini is a 3G/HSDPA phone with added NFC, a dual SIM, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, EDR. 4G connectivity is also supported. In comparison, the Galaxy S3 Mini features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP/EDR. No 4G in this model though.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (1-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Size/Weight

The Galaxy S4 Mini is slightly skinnier than the Galaxy S3 Mini with a chassis that’s only 8.9mm thick. The Galaxy S3 Mini is wider, measuring 63.0mm to the Galaxy S4 Mini’s 61.3mm. The Galaxy S3 Mini is beefier than its opponent, weighing 111g. In contrast, the Galaxy S4 Mini weighs 107g. The Galaxy S4 Mini leads by a point going into the next round.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (2-0)

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Camera/Video

The Galaxy S4 Mini’s 8.0 Megapixel camera features a full resolution of 3264 x 2448 plus autofocus, touch focus, LED flash, geo-tagging, face detection, HDR, panorama mode and 1080p video recording. For video calling, you’ll find a second 1.9MP 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. An extra camera on the front is designed for video calling. The resolution is 0.3MP.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (3-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Display

The specs show that Samsung has built the Galaxy S4 Mini with a 4.3-inch touch-sensitive display. The Super AMOLED panel has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Is this good? Bad? The resulting pixel density of this handset tells us exactly that. It’s 256.047 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a quoted resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 256.047.

The Galaxy S3 Mini’s touch-sensitive Super AMOLED display measures 4.0 inches, 0.3inches smaller. Its 480 x 800 pixel resolution is no match for the Galaxy S4 Mini 540 x 960 pixel display. In comparison, there are 384000 pixels onscreen, giving the Galaxy S3 Mini pixel density of 233.25 pixels per inch.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (4-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Processor

In the smaller CPU vs CPU fight, the Galaxy S3 Mini uses a dual core ARM Cortex-A9, rated at 1GHz. The Galaxy S4 Mini’s processor is a 1.7GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 400 chip.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (5-0)

Half-time: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

At the halfway point, the Galaxy S4 Mini has a clear 5 point lead. With a software battle coming next, we’ll be looking for the Galaxy S3 Mini to start winning some more points.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Software

The Galaxy S3 Mini runs Android 4.1, the Galaxy S4 Mini uses Android 4.2.2.
— The Galaxy S4 Mini wins (6-0)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Applications

It’s Google Play vs. Google Play and there’s no winner here. So the Galaxy S4 Mini maintains its half-time advantage and it’s starting to make this look easy.
— The two phones share the points (7-1)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Storage

And now, a storage battle. With only one option, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has 8GB of internal storage. Unlike the Galaxy S4 Mini, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini comes with multiple storage options, offering either 8 or 16GB. The Galaxy S4 Mini features 8GB in comparison. Plug a 64GB memory card into the Galaxy S4 Mini’s microSD expansion slot and the maximum capacity rises to 72GB. You can expand the memory of the Galaxy S3 Mini via the microSD slot. With a 32GB card, the maximum is 48GB.
— The Galaxy S3 Mini wins (7-2)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Galaxy S4 Mini and the Galaxy S3 Mini share the points (8-3)

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini – Extras

Finally, the Galaxy S4 Mini also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, stereo FM radio, S-Voice, S-Travel, S-Health, optional dual SIM, DLNA and Wi-Fi Hotspot. 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 S4 Mini wins (9-3)

BPF Verdict: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini wins! (9-3)

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 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 summary of where this fight was won and lost:

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

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