Samsung has just given a new lease in life in one of its older models by re-releasing it and this time it comes with improved specifications. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini was a device first launched in 2012 and was the smaller and less powerful version of the then flagship model Galaxy S3. The company has just released a new version of this mini device calling it the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini “Value Edition”.
This Value Edition device is already on sale in the Netherlands and costs €180. It now sports a 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 based chipset and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its other specifications are the same as the original S3 Mini. There is still no information if this device will become available in other markets however there’s a big chance that it will.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini “Value Edition” Technical Specifications
- Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
- 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
- 4-inch 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Nature UX
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400 MP GPU, 1GB of RAM
- 5 MP autofocus camera, VGA front camera
- 720p HD video recording at 30fps
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support; DLNA and Wi-Fi hotspot
- GPS with A-GPS connectivity; digital compass
- 8GB of inbuilt storage, microSD slot
- Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- microUSB port
- Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
- FM radio with RDS
- Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery
The original Galaxy S3 mini used a much lower 1GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU and ran on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. But are the two improvements enough to attract people to get the device? The original S3 Mini was criticized for having a high price, poor display resolution, disappointing 5MP camera, and for having a dual core processor. It seems that Samsung has not properly addressed any of these concerns.
On a brighter note, if you are a consumer looking for a solid and compact device then you might want to check out this Value Edition. It comes with useful proprietary software from Samsung and it has an excellent physical build quality.