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Samsung Galaxy S3 mini preview

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini preview
The Samsung Galaxy S3 mini is not your typical downsized smartphone. With a 4.0 inch Super AMOLED display and powerful 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, the mini is a fully featured smaller brother of the highly-successful Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
Thanks to its compact dimensions, the Galaxy S3 mini is a smartphone that sits comfortably in the palm of your hand. The oval shape of the S3 mini and the almost rectangular menu button below the display brings unmistakable associations with the S3. Although the screen size has been reduced from 4.8 to 4.0 inches in comparison to the Galaxy S3, the mini is also significantly lighter - 111.5 vs 133 g.

The Super AMOLED screen of Samsung Galaxy S3 mini stays true to its name - the colours are as deep and expressive as you'd come to expect. At the same time, the WVGA resolution (800 x 480 pixels) might appear less appealing when set against the considerably more expensive smartphones, but it's clear and detailed enough to offer an unconstrained web browsing experience on the mini's 4.0 inch display.
Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
At the helm of the Galaxy S3 mini is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI from Samsung, which means you can expect a smooth and responsive performance whether you're customising the homescreens or browsing the huge library of apps and games in the Google Play Store. There's a decent amount of RAM available for a mid-range phone - 1 GB - so you shouldn't worry about the hardware slowing you down either.

The number of pixels isn't everything, and the Galaxy S3 mini 5 Mpix camera will tell you exactly why. It won't dethrone the best smartphone cameras out there - but it will impress you with its excellent colour reproduction and crisp detail in outdoor pictures. You can also record 720p HD video at a stable and smooth 30 fps. There's ample space to store all your produced content in the 8/16 GB of built-in memory that you can further extend with microSD cards (up to 32 GB).

The backbone of all modern smartphones - connectivity - is more than up to the task on the Galaxy S3 mini. To begin with, you've got quad-band 3G network support with HSPA data transfer speeds of up to 14.4 Mbs. Wi-Fi direct is also part of the package, and it allows you to directly transfer files to other devices without the need for a wireless access point. Think of it as Bluetooth, but much more effective at transferring larger files, making this wireless connection standard ideal for media sharing or multiplayer games.
Samsung Galaxy S3 mini
Conclusion

It might not have the high resolution display or quad-core processor ticking under the hood, but the Galaxy S3 mini accomplishes exactly what it was set out to do - to successfully capture the spirit of its bigger brother. It's not only sufficiently fast for most day-to-day tasks, but it also has a vivid display that is perfectly suited for the actual size of the phone. And, on top of all that, the S3 mini runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with all the improvements and advantages that it brings along. If the price and massive dimensions of current high-end phones are what's holding you back, then the Galaxy S3 mini might be well worth the look.
 


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