Is the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini a rebadged version of the Galaxy S Advance?

The Samsung Galaxy S Advance might be an old smartphone and share the same name as the first generation Galaxy but it is surprisingly close to the Galaxy S3 Mini when it comes to the hardware specification. The Galaxy S3 Mini is currently on sale at Asda for £199 while the Galaxy S Advance costs £189 at Expansys.

Other than the external appearance and the form factor, the S3 Mini and the S Advance share a fair few features. Both have a 4in Super AMOLED display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution, they also have the same dual-core STEricsson Novathor U8500 SoC, 8GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1,500mAh battery and HD video recording capabilities.

The S3 Mini has more RAM (1GB vs. 768MB) but the S Advance has a better front facing camera (1.3-megapixel vs. VGA). However, the biggest difference has to be the OS (Android 4.0 ICS vs. Android 2.3 Gingrebread) out of the box.

Obviously, the S Advance doesn’t come with all the UX improvements that Samsung’s latest version of TouchWiz brings on the table. Still given how similar the specifications of both smartphones are, it wouldn’t surprise me if one could upgrade the Galaxy S Advance to ICS.

Check out our reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S Advance and the Galaxy S3 Mini smartphones.