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Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: A maxi disappointment

If, like me, you were expecting the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 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.

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, the S3 Mini will be a difficult sell. Unless, of course, customers pick it simply because it looks like an S3.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.