BY | December 19, 2012

Both are cheaper models of their top handsets. Samsung Galaxy Grand Vs Galaxy S3 Mini is actually a fight between cheap phablet vs cheap phone

The globe’s premium Android phone and tablet belong to Samsung. Its Galaxy S III is arguably the best Android phone out in stores. Its Note II is certainly the one and only dominant player in phablet market. But, the company has recently produced cheap versions for both the devices. The Galaxy S III got S III Mini for European markets and Galaxy Axiom for the U.S. market. A couple of days back, the Korean tech maker surfaced a cheap version for its phablet also, which is called the Galaxy Grand.

Here we are up to make a comparison between the Galaxy S III Mini and Galaxy Grand. The S III Mini is solely designed for Europe. Meanwhile, it is not clear which markets Samsung has developed the Grand for. It may be coming to the U.S.; but, it is too early to predict the carriers that will be selling the midrange phablet. Anyway, let us move to a short comparison here. It will let you know what Samsung intends with these two gadgets.

Display Screen: This is where the Grand and S III Mini mainly differ. The former one, as noted above, is a phablet with a 5-inch display. It mounts a WVGA TFT LCD touchscreen with a low-resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. The S III Minis has the same resolution at 233-ppi pixel density. But, the phone has a 1-inch smaller 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.

Form Factor, Size: At a glance, both the Samsung phones look identical in form. The devices sport the same curved design, curved home buttons and wide displays. The difference is in the size. The Grand is 1-in bigger than the S III Mini. Samsung is yet to reveal more details about the Grand, but it is 9.6mm slimmer. It is when the S III Mini measures in at 121.6 x 63 x 9.9mm and it has a weight of 111.5 grams.

Processor, Power: Galaxy Grand is to equip a 1.2GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. Under the hood, the handset has 8GB of built-in memory and you can add as much as 64GB of extra memory using microSD slot. It is here the S III Mini grabs its power from a 1GHz dual core Cortex-A9 CPU that packs a NovaThor U8420 chipset. It also has 1GB of RAM and a Mali-400 graphical processor onboard. The handset rolls outs in 8GB and 16GB versions. MicroSD slot supports memory sticks up to 32GB.

Camera: Samsung has included an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera with Galaxy Grand. It may come with all major camera features like LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging and more. The S III Mini has only a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. It can capture video at 720p quality.

Connectivity: Both the devices will run on GSM and HSPA+ networks. The Grand comes in two models; single SIM and dual SIM. The dual SIM version – GT-I9080 – is up highly innovative with easier settings. You can switch between two SIMs quite instantly. Common features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB port are there with the handsets.

Price, Availability: The cheaper version of Galaxy S III was launched in October 2012. It has been in many markets in the Europe and Middle East since then. It is priced at £300 SIM free. Samsung has not yet revealed the price and availability of the new Galaxy Grand. It is hoped that the phone will come in all major markets like the U.S. But, we are too early to talk about the price and release of the device. Maybe, the dual SIM model will be heading to some Asian markets.


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