Samsung Galaxy S III mini preview: First look

GSMArena team, 11 October 2012.


The Samsung Galaxy S III mini earned a score of Average in our traditional loudspeaker test. Here's how it stacks up against the competition.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
Nokia Lumia 80060.959.061.7Below Average
Samsung Galaxy Nexus66.2 60.569.0Below Average
Apple iPhone 4S65.8 64.574.6Average
Samsung Galaxy S III mini63.2 66.274.4Average
HTC Desire V60.9 75.362.0Below average
Sony Xperia S72.7 61.869.6Average
HTC One S65.1 64.676.7Average
HTC Sensation XE65.8 65.476.9Good
Motorola RAZR XT91074.766.682.1Very Good
HTC Desire76.675.784.6Excellent

Stills and video

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini comes with a 5MP camera and is able to capture photos at a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels.

The interface is virtually the same as on the Galaxy S III. On the right there's the still camera / camcorder switch, a virtual shutter key and the gallery shortcut (which is a thumbnail of the last photo taken).

On the left you get several controls and the good news is that you can pick any four shortcuts to put there - you can easily have all frequently used features just a tap away.

The fifth shortcut always points to Settings. You can also move the icons around to your liking.

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Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini
The camera interface

The actual images are among the better we've seen from a 5MP snapper. We're pleased with colors and the photos have good dynamic range, too. There is some noise in the shadows, but overall, the noise is kept reasonably low.

Samsung GalaxySIII mini camera samples

Even if this is the best Samsung can get out of the Galaxy S III mini, we're not complaining. The images look good enough, especially considering that this is not a camera-centric device. We could still see improvement in the retail unit.

Samsung Galaxy S III mini camera samples

720p video recording

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini did well in the still camera department but video recording isn't as good. The smartphone can only do 720p video recording, which is not quite impressive these days when every other phone does 1080p. At least at 30 fps, the captured videos are quite smooth.

The camcorder interface is almost the same as the still camera's - you get the same customizable panel on the left with five shortcuts.

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Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III mini
Camcorder interface

Here's an 720p video sample taken with the Galaxy S III mini.

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