The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini recently released in the United Kingdom and India. While it may be a few more weeks before Americans get their hands on this model, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn about it. Whether you’re interested in features or cost, the following is what every Samsung fan should know about the Galaxy S3 Mini.
While it may be called the Galaxy S3 Mini, there’s nothing mini about the screen size. At a generous 4 inches, the smartphone measures 4.8 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.39 inch and weighs 3.9 ounces. Other than the smaller size, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is exactly the same as the larger version, only smaller. However, looks aren’t everything. The smaller version also has a smaller processor clocking in at 1GHz using dual-core technology rather than quad-core. Even the camera is less powerful having only 5MP.
The smartphone is available in both 8GB and 16GB versions, both of which can be upgraded to 32GB. The phone also features Bluetooth 4.0, but another drawback is the smaller battery that will need to be charged daily or even more frequently if you use the phone for battery-sucking activities, such as watching movies or listening to music.
One good thing about the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is that the phone will have the latest version of the Android 4.1 operating system, Jelly Bean. Two other welcome additions is the TouchWiz interface and S Beam, which allows you to transfer files by bumping phones together. Something users are upset about is the inclusion of S Voice, which is similar to the iPhone’s Siri software, but doesn’t work quite as well. Still, the phone will support a number of great apps, including online fax and VOIP apps, if you need them.
United States Release
The release date for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini is unknown in the United States. While the phone released in early November in other countries, there still isn’t a lot of information on the US release. However, there are rumors that the phone won’t even be called the S3 Mini. Some rumors speculate that the phone will be called the Galaxy Axiom in the United States. There are also rumors that the features and specs will be slightly different in the US and that the price will be rather low, ranging from $50-$100. Again, these are just rumors.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini may not be very powerful, but the average smartphone user will find is useful enough. Those that are looking for the features and power of the Droid Razr or iPhone will need to keep looking. In other words, it’s a good introduction to the smartphone world, but you will quickly want more features as your experience grows.
About the Author: Lavenia Oakden is anxiously awaiting the release of the Samsung Glasxy S3 and can’t wait to use it with her Ring Central VOIP service, to share files with her husband and business partner, and to streamline her life!