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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: A maxi disappointment

If, like me, you were expecting the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (opens in new tab) to be a smaller version of the Galaxy S3, then just like me, you’re likely to be rather disappointed.

The phone that was announced yesterday by Samsung may resemble the S3 outwardly, but the hardware itself is just like the Galaxy S Advance, launched earlier this year.

Indeed, based on the hardware specs, it would probably be more fitting to call the S3 Mini, the S Mini Advance. But that wouldn’t sell truckloads of units.

(opens in new tab)Like the Advance (which is also ironically known as the Galaxy S2 Lite), the S3 Mini has a 4in Super AMOLED 480 x 800 pixels display, 8GB onboard storage, a dual-core ST Ericsson SoC clocked at 1GHz (the same as the Xperia U), a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a front facing cam, plus a 1500mAh battery.

There are a few improvements however, like NFC, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Bluetooth 4.0 and a number of Samsung-only features.

At nearly £300 (opens in new tab), the S3 Mini will be a difficult sell. Unless, of course, customers pick it simply because it looks like an S3.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.