Do you think the S3 mini is meant to directly compete with the iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by tymaster50, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    I mean some features Samsung and it's fanbase were making fun of apple for not having is 4g, bigger screen, less ram, smaller memory. Now the s3 mini has no 4g, smaller screen (same as new iPhone) about same ram as iphone, 8,16 gb with removable storage up to 32 (mid price iPhone). It could always be Samsung trying something new. And I'm well aware the iPhone has 4g now.
    So do you think makers like HTC are going to make more 4in devices now?
  2. macrumors 68000

    Jun 4, 2008
    No, it's to capture a demographic that feel the Android phones have gotten too large. Something for everyone if you will.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
  4. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    It's a mid-range device meant to compete against the 4S, if anything, and against HTC One S, the RAZR M, the Lumia 820, HTC 8S, and all those other mid-rangers.
  5. macrumors 68040


    4", 4.8", 5.5"

    Looks like its meant to give options for people who prefer different screen sizes.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Oct 27, 2009
  7. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    The mid range does not compete with the high end.

    Samsung are taking the name of a highly popular device and using the recognition of that product to sell another handset. A bit naughty IMO considering they different classes of handset but that's Samsung's prerogative .
  8. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    I just wish "high end" specs and 4" could co-exist in the same device on Android.

    Would really have loved to swap my One X for a S3 Mini if it matched its brothers specs in everything but screen size.

    They are trading on the success of the main SGS3 undoubtably, with the S3 Mini. More a marketing opportunity to push middling range hardware on the masses on the back of the success of its brother, than a direct competitor to the iPhone 5.


    Yep that's how I see it. I can see a lot of phone shops pushing this handset onto people who think the SGS3 is too big for them, but thinking they are actually getting the same phone albeit smaller screen (because it shares same name & branding) when in fact they certainly are not.

    Something for everyone, as long as you don't want a real SGS3 in a 4" shell. :(
  9. macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2012
  10. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    That is it exactly. Samsung has had a lot of 4" android devices.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    Most defenitely. High price only for decent specs.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 28, 2009
    Are any U.S. carriers actually carrying this device? With so many downgrades in specs, I can't imagine it would do well here. I know VZW won't carry it since they only offer smartphones with 4G now.
  13. macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Agreed. This seems like a huge misstep by Samsung. Get a GSIII 100% of the time.
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    This phone isn't coming to the US. Look at the frequencies it will be using. It is pointless to even bother comparing the 2. The iphone 5 is better, but the S3 mini will sell more in the developing world as a cheaper phone with mid range specs.
  15. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    It's to be released in Europe.
  16. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    It doesnt stand a chance...

    If I go Android...Im go big.

    I know this is for lower markets but its really pathetic.
  17. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
    If the US gets a version it will have to have LTE.

    I don't like the fact they are using the S3 name on it. Aside from that it fits in well with what Samsung has always been doing, a high device and the mid and low.

    Samsungs business model is and always will be to flood the market. A lot of manufactures do this, apple is the big name anomaly with only one device per category. They make it work though. They did an amazing job with the iPad and very well with the MacBook but I just wish they'd step up the iMac so I could justify buying one.
  18. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I want one in pebble blue. :) It's for smaller markets, people who want the new look, but want it in a pre-paid format, or just cheap.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2007
    Same here, they should have given it a different name. This just dilutes the S3 brand.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    The iPhone 5 is to be released in Europe as well and it DOES have LTE
  21. MRU
    macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    And starts at €679 as opposed to €399

    Big difference....
  22. macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    No if that was the case it would be a gs3 in 4 inch form.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    Exactly what this guy just said.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    The mini needs to be distanced from the galaxy s3 as much as possible, its not even close to what S3 is. This is marketing's way of trying to get a buck out of the Galaxy name.

    Why couldn't Samsung do what Apple did in shrinking the device and making it better?

    I guess they will have to resort to creating semi tablet/phones to get higher power.
  25. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Is Samsung trying to create a record on the number of SKU's they have? At least HTC is getting smart and reducing the number phone models they have. Too bad they're struggling. Same with Nokia. Would be nice if one or both of them provided Samsung some competition in the Android/Windows space.

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