Samsung Galaxy S III mini

6.1/10 AVG.
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6.1/10
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The Samsung Galaxy S III mini currently has an Informr score of 6.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Good camera
  • Solid, comfortable design

What's bad

  • Mediocre call quality
  • Some performance trade-offs

While keeping some of the feel and design elements of the full-size Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S3 Mini is offered as a less expensive alternative with a midrange feature set.

Powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and up to 64GB of memory via microSD, the S3 mini sports a 4-inch, Super AMOLED display (480 x 800), 5 megapixel camera, and a 1500mAh battery rated at up to 11 hours of talk time (battery ratings vary enormously due to personal use behavior).

Reviewers generally found the S3 Mini’s display acceptable, despite being less pixel-dense than some of its competitors, “the Mini's resolution is still within range for its size and delivered the rich colors that AMOLED displays are known for,” according to CNET. And PC Advisor said, “although it might be manageable, we're not bowled over by the screen quality.”

The 5 megapixel camera comes with LED flash, autofocus and a host of Samsung software for shooting and editing photos. “Pleasantly looking like the rest of the TouchWiz UI, the camera interface features all the settings that you'll find in the manufacturer's higher-tier devices, including various scene modes,” according to Phone Arena. The camera can also record video at up to 720p resolution.

Additional features of note include motion controls (Direct Call, Smart Alert), Smart Stay - which keeps the screen on as long as you’re looking at it, NFC, customized notification bar and a power saving mode.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneArena

Now that the Exhibit has been accepted into the Galaxy line, you’d think that we’d be given a versatile entry-level model that could easily stand head above water over other similar offerings. Sadly, the Galaxy Exhibit fails to impress us with its egregiously slow performance, which is i...

- John V., PhoneArena
Android Authority

The Galaxy Exhibit is a perfect match for someone who wants to take the Android experience for a spin, but doesn’t want to risk too much cash, or simply doesn’t want to pay too much for a smartphone. Of course, there are phones with similar performance to the Exhibit at similar price po...

- Kristofer Wouk, Android Authority
Laptop Magazine

For its affordable price tag, the Galaxy Exhibit phone packs a capable camera and some helpful software extras in a compact design. However, the screen is small, the battery life is lacking and both the data and overall performance are sluggish.

- Cherlynn Low, Laptop Magazine
Fone Arena

The Galaxy S3 mini is a great little device. Is it just a smaller S3? No, it totally looks like a S3, but there are features and performance benefits you will miss if you are looking for a smaller S3. And yes, it is completely unique and stands on its own when it comes to device capabilities. This...

- Bharadwaj, Fone Arena
PC Pro

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini looks and feels like a shrunken S3, it runs largely the same software, and battery life is fine. It has a better camera, too, plus a huge library of Android apps to draw on. However, it’s undermined by sluggish performance and a below-average screen. 

- PC Pro team, PC Pro


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Common Questions


Samsung released the Galaxy S III mini on October 12, 2012.



Samsung backs up the Galaxy S III mini with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4"

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini's screen size is 4 inches with 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.

Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 850 minutes, 458 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy S III mini Specs

Overview
Release date October 12, 2012
Regions available USA, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor ARM Cortex-A9 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.01 W/kg
Body: 0.89 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 466 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 458 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 850 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 19.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Marble White, Pebble Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.3 x 1 cm (4.8 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 120 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 233 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Play Store)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, GT-I8190, s3 mini

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Critic Reviews


PhoneArena

Unflattering looks, void features set, and painfully slow raw performance

from PhoneArena

Now that the Exhibit has been accepted into the Galaxy line, you’d think that we’d be given a versatile entry-level model that could easily stand head above water over other similar offerings. Sadly, the Galaxy Exhibit fails to impress us with its egregiously slow performance, which i...More

Now that the Exhibit has been accepted into the Galaxy line, you’d think that we’d be given a versatile entry-level model that could easily stand head above water over other similar offerings. Sadly, the Galaxy Exhibit fails to impress us with its egregiously slow performance, which is its biggest Achilles Heel. Certainly, some might be attracted to its down payment of $19.99 with 24 months of paying $9 each month thereafter, but it undoubtedly doesn’t warrant our attention due to its unflattering looks, void features set, and painfully slow raw performance.

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Android Authority

Intended for the low-end budget market

from Android Authority

The Galaxy Exhibit is a perfect match for someone who wants to take the Android experience for a spin, but doesn’t want to risk too much cash, or simply doesn’t want to pay too much for a smartphone.

Of course, there are phones with similar performance to the Exhibit at simila...More

The Galaxy Exhibit is a perfect match for someone who wants to take the Android experience for a spin, but doesn’t want to risk too much cash, or simply doesn’t want to pay too much for a smartphone.

Of course, there are phones with similar performance to the Exhibit at similar price points, but if you’re looking for a decent low-cost Galaxy device, the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit is easy to recommend.

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Laptop Magazine

An affordable and lightweight smartphone for shoppers who need just the basics

from Laptop Magazine

For its affordable price tag, the Galaxy Exhibit phone packs a capable camera and some helpful software extras in a compact design. However, the screen is small, the battery life is lacking and both the data and overall performance are sluggish.

Read full review

For its affordable price tag, the Galaxy Exhibit phone packs a capable camera and some helpful software extras in a compact design. However, the screen is small, the battery life is lacking and both the data and overall performance are sluggish.

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Fone Arena

It is completely unique and stands on its own when it comes to device capabilities

from Fone Arena

The Galaxy S3 mini is a great little device. Is it just a smaller S3? No, it totally looks like a S3, but there are features and performance benefits you will miss if you are looking for a smaller S3. And yes, it is completely unique and stands on its own when it comes to device capabilities.

...More

The Galaxy S3 mini is a great little device. Is it just a smaller S3? No, it totally looks like a S3, but there are features and performance benefits you will miss if you are looking for a smaller S3. And yes, it is completely unique and stands on its own when it comes to device capabilities.

This device is not available in India, but its extremely look-alike brother Galaxy S Duos is, and is available in the Dual SIM variant which makes sense for the Indian market, and did we mention it is cheaper? Retailing at 300 EUR elsewhere, this might not seem like a great device for that price, but compromises on the display and camera aside, you get great performance in a small package, and if you are looking for a pocketable smartphone with most of the features from the S3, then this might be it.

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PC Pro

Performance is mediocre and the screen isn't brilliant either

from PC Pro

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini looks and feels like a shrunken S3, it runs largely the same software, and battery life is fine. It has a better camera, too, plus a huge library of Android apps to draw on. However, it’s undermined by sluggish performance and a below-average screen.

 

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini looks and feels like a shrunken S3, it runs largely the same software, and battery life is fine. It has a better camera, too, plus a huge library of Android apps to draw on. However, it’s undermined by sluggish performance and a below-average screen.

 

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TrustedReviews

The S3 Mini pairs a recognisable design with middling specs

from TrustedReviews

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini feels like a lazy effort from the South Korean manufacturer. Sure to cash in on the lucrative brand the company has created with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Mini appears half hearted in its specs and performance, failing to ever truly hold its own without the backing of its big brother.

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Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini feels like a lazy effort from the South Korean manufacturer. Sure to cash in on the lucrative brand the company has created with the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Mini appears half hearted in its specs and performance, failing to ever truly hold its own without the backing of its big brother.

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Tech Advisor

a reasonably good mid-ranged Android smartphone with good software and battery life

from Tech Advisor

The Galaxy S3 mini is a reasonably good mid-ranged Android smartphone with good software and battery life. However, unless you particularly want a smaller smartphone, we can't see any major reason to pick the Galaxy S3 mini over the cheaper but higher spec Google Nexus 4 on a SIM-free basis.

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The Galaxy S3 mini is a reasonably good mid-ranged Android smartphone with good software and battery life. However, unless you particularly want a smaller smartphone, we can't see any major reason to pick the Galaxy S3 mini over the cheaper but higher spec Google Nexus 4 on a SIM-free basis.

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What Hi-Fi

A highly capable handset, but one that is outclassed by cheaper rivals

from What Hi-Fi

Unfortunately, all the things the S3 mini does well can’t hide the fact there are other phones at this price point and below that offer more.

The newer Google Nexus 4 is cheaper and beats the S3 mini in every way in a head-to-head. And a very quick look online shows you can pick up the full-blown and far better Galaxy S3 SIM free for not a lot more than the mini’s £290 asking price....

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Unfortunately, all the things the S3 mini does well can’t hide the fact there are other phones at this price point and below that offer more.

The newer Google Nexus 4 is cheaper and beats the S3 mini in every way in a head-to-head. And a very quick look online shows you can pick up the full-blown and far better Galaxy S3 SIM free for not a lot more than the mini’s £290 asking price.

So while the mini is a very capable handset, it’s priced that little bit too highly for us to be able to recommend it. There’s better out there for less money, and that’s something that simply can’t be overlooked.

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Know Your Mobile

A thoroughly excellent proposition with Android Jelly Bean, excellent battery life, and above average performance

from Know Your Mobile

It’s a bizarre handset, this one. Usually with mid-range phones performance is an issue, with UIs falling victim to stutter and lag. But here that’s not the case – the Galaxy S3 Mini will handle pretty much anything you throw at it. And best of all it’ll last all day, too.

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It’s a bizarre handset, this one. Usually with mid-range phones performance is an issue, with UIs falling victim to stutter and lag. But here that’s not the case – the Galaxy S3 Mini will handle pretty much anything you throw at it. And best of all it’ll last all day, too.

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Pocket-lint

It's well made, it looks nice and it offers plenty out of the box

from Pocket-lint

There's a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. The range of tweaks that Samsung has layered in is impressive, it looks good and it's a flexible phone with the option to expand the memory and swap the battery if you need to.

The software experience visually has plenty of refine...More

There's a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini. The range of tweaks that Samsung has layered in is impressive, it looks good and it's a flexible phone with the option to expand the memory and swap the battery if you need to.

The software experience visually has plenty of refinement, although there are some things, like the S Planner that don't suit our tastes. But within that we hit the problem. Although there's plenty of enhancement on offer, it's not the additional features like pop-out video that you notice, it's the sluggishness of general navigation.

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