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Samsung launches the Galaxy S3 Mini, will be available starting Feb 2

If you’re looking for the premium feel of the successful Samsung Galaxy S3 but don’t need the powerful performance it provides nor the price it commands, then the miniature version Galaxy S3 Mini might be just the one you’re looking for.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini looks simply like the smaller version of the Galaxy S3. It sports a WVGA 4.0-inch Super AMOLED screen display, a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front one and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. Rounding up the specs list is an average 1500mAh battery.


Specs look average for your low-midrange phone but the Super AMOLED screen and Jelly Bean OS puts it ahead of other phones in its class. It also has some nifty features you can get from other Samsung devices such as Smart Stay, which keeps the screen lit up as long as you’re looking at it. It also has Direct Call that lets you make a call to the person who’s message you’re reading simply by lifting the phone to your ear. Smart Alert conveniently alerts you to missed calls or messages as soon as you pick up your phone. Although not that useful on a 4.0-inch screen, the S3 Mini also has Pop Up Play which allows you to play a video anywhere on your screen while simultaneously running other tasks.

Special first day offer


The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini has an SRP of Php14,990 but on its first day, Feb. 2, 2013, this phone will drop its price down to Php12,990. But that’s not all, for those who line up from 10AM to 12NN, they can get a chance to get an extra Php3,000 off its price bringing it further down to Php9,990. Early buyers also get a Php990 flip cover for free.

This promo will run at the Samsung booth in SM Mall of Asia and SM City Cebu only.

Globe is exclusive carrier until Feb 28

For those who want to get the Galaxy S3 Mini with a postpaid plan, Globe Telecom can help you with that.


Under the Unli Surf Plan 999, you can get this phone for free with unlimited mobile surfing and one (1) call and text freebie which is changeable monthly.

You can also get it for free under My Super Plan 999 which comes with Php900 worth of monthly consumable amount for calls and texts, free 50MB data for mobile surfing, and two (2) call and text freebies that are changeable monthly.

Finally, if you get it under Platinum Plan 3799, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini will come with the Samsung Galaxy S3 for free complete with unlimited mobile surfing, Php2,800 worth of monthly consumable for calls and texts, and seven (7) call and text freebies that are changeable monthly.

Samsung I8190 Galaxy S III Mini Specs:
4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display @ 800×480 pixels, 233 ppi
1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 NovaThor U8420
Mali 400 GPU
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, microSD up to 32GB
HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
720p video recording @ 30fps
VGA front camera
GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Li-Ion 1500mAh battery
121.6 x 63 x 9.9 mm
111.5 g
SRP: Php14,990
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  • Anti_kimchi

    Whoopi!! Wow!! How come a 4S is worth more than an s3? It’s a new day, there’s a new samsung.

  • thejorlanb

    How many pieces would be sold for 9990?

    • thejorlanb

      Sir calvin, may NFC ba to?

      • nope, not the ones available here.

        • s3 mini buyer

          alam ko boss meron daw ah sure ba kayo na walang NFC?

          • oh yes… meron pala. i-rechecked the specs samsung sent us and there’s NFC on this device. sorry for the confusion.

          • Puppet

            100 daw ung pwdeng makakuha ng 3000 discount tama ba? sure ba tlga na my 100 ung pwdeng makakuha ng discount na yn? at bkt nmn bunutan pa? db raffle yan?.. 100 tlga ung pwdeng mka kakuha ng discount n yn..

  • Anti_kimchi

    Cheap for a reason!!

  • povillo

    ok nko sa dual sim CM Flare

  • Gusto ko sana bumili kaso curios ako kung worth it ba talaga ito.

  • patrick

    ok na sana kaso 1500mAh lang ang battery.

  • kim

    hahai kainis willing pa naman sana pumila para maka less ng todo pero only @MOA and cebu lamg pala daya si Sammy grrrr

  • Z

    What specific store sa SM?

    • I would assume that there will be a samsung s3 mini booth

  • jared

    The 9990 should be the real price. Its too much for 14k lol.

  • s3 mini buyer

    mga boss saan banda sa moa yung samsung booth? bibili ako sa sabado eh

  • ron

    Nasa tapat lang bench ang booth..main mall..ngpunta ako knina..sbi d lahat ng nkpila feom 10 to 12..dpende sa prize n mabubunot mo..

  • Albert

    Hey pepple got mine here on Germany and it amazingly feels high end/classy for it has metallic case/finish plus amoled screen which is an eye candy…paid 300 euro for it =( 15k pesos) and so far i really think I made a good choice! PROBLEM now is to find good protection/ case for it…but its definitely worth it.

  • lara francheska

    I got this phone through Globe’s 999 Superplan and I am loving it!:) The screen is awesome and it doesn’t lag at all. Android Jellybean really makes this device extra special. 2 thumbs up!:D

    *side note: I had to get rid of my LG Optimus Hub after I got this. This works 100x better than that phone.

  • hello Pinoy Tech Blog, I would like to ask how can I know if my samsung galaxy s3 is real or fake??? I just bought a second hand s3 to my friend that’s why i want to know it.

    • pieceofcake

      there are many ways,one way is to test the responsiveness of scree,try to speed type(kung panu magtype ng mabilis sa typical na keypad parang ganun)kung nagrerespond naman siya d yan peke kung mahirap magtype ng mabilis dahil d naiinput lahat,FAKE yan(dahil resistive lng ung screen) balitaan moko kung anung resulta ng test para mabigyan pa kita ng ilan pang tips

    • why do you think it’s fake? fake s3’s will surely don’t have the Samsung logo all over it (face, inside, battery).

    • pieceofcake

      i have a fake galaxy s3 and it has samsung logo all over it, un nga lng d ganun kamukha ng original,another way is too see its screen and ui,check mo kung android TOUCHWIZ UI,Nature UX(search mo na lng sa google kung anu itsura nya then compare) isa pang common way ay tignan mo ung camera sa likod,icheck mo kung pantay ba ung aperture cover(ito ung pabilog na glass na may black na border sa gilid) sa camera lens(lahat kasi ng nakita kong fake d pantay)

  • Very good news for the Samsung lovers.