BY | December 4, 2012

Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy S3 Mini is heading to more markets. It has just been uncovered in the Middle East by AXIOM Telecom, the major vendor of phones in the region. Samsung is cunning in designing, planning and marketing its products. It is amazing to see that the Korean firm has brilliantly distributed its line of new Android phones on its way to become the world No. 1 in both smartphone and feature phone markets.

When it comes to affordable phones, Samsung is an indomitable player. It has introduced a range of inexpensive handsets for various markets. Here we move to compare the Galaxy S III Mini with another leading cheaper Android phone the Galaxy S Duos. Stick on with us to see the comparison and find which one is the best product for you to grab for a small price.

Software: The September-released S Duos came up with Android 4.2 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It is upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung is about to update it to the new firmware. Along with a series of new products, Samsung has reportedly announced the update for the handset. The new Galaxy S III Mini just comes with the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Though lacking in specs, it is the major highlight of the device.

Size, Design: Well, all recent smart phones from Samsung borrow some design cues of Galaxy S III. Both the S III Mini and S Duos feature this uniqueness that you can simply see in their curved designs. Going by the dimensions and weight, the S3 Mini is the winner. The handset has the dimensions of 121.6 x 63 x 9.9mm and weight of just 111.5 grams. It is when the Galaxy Duos measures in at 121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm and it weighs at 120 grams. It is thicker and heavier than S3 Mini.

Processor, Power: Both the handsets are powered by 1GHz CPUs. But, the processor specs are entirely different. The S Duos is up with a Cortex-A5 CPU that contains a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon chipset and an Adreno 200 graphical processor, plus 768MB of RAM. The smaller sibling of Galaxy S III, at the same time, has a dual core Cortex-A9 processor with NovaThor U8420 chipset, Mali-400 GPU and a better 1GB of RAM.

Memory, Battery: The S Duos packs 4GB of internal memory, while the S III Mini comes in two basic memory variants; 8GB and 16GB. The handsets also sport microSD slots for external memory sticks up to 32GB. Going by battery, both the devices are loaded with the same Li-Ion 1500mAh batteries. They also offer the same seven hour battery life for talk time on 3G connectivity.

Camera, Connectivity: In both these two categories, the Samsung phones highlight many identical features. Going to camera, the devices sport the same 5MP autofocus rear cameras with capabilities like LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording. They also mount VGA cameras for video chatting. Connectivity options include EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB slots. But, the more advanced S III Mini is up with NFC as well.

Price: The handsets are priced almost equally. The S3 Mini and its U.S. edition the Galaxy Axiom come for a price around $400 SIM-free. The Galaxy S Duos, which is mainly meant for markets like India, is up for a price around INR. 17,000. If converted to Indian rupees, the S Duos will have a price around INR. 20,000.

Verdict
In fact, both the devices are meant for different markets and customers. The S III Mini is only a small version of the flagship Galaxy S III. Thus, it is a regular handset. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S Duos, as its name suggests, is a phone with dual SIM cards support. The phones are almost identical in power, specs and other features.

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  • Abhay

    When S3 mini is going to be launched in India?