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February 12, 2013

O+ 8.12 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

One of our readers asked whether the Galaxy S3 is a good buy since they can’t afford the bigger and more expensive Galaxy S3. We stepped back and gave them a number of options, including alternatives to the S3 Mini.

One of them is the O+ 8.12 which we recently reviewed here. We put them together for a side by side comparison.

Samsung banked on the popularity of the Galaxy S3 and created the S3 Mini hoping they’d sell more of them. However, aside from the exterior design similarities, the internal hardware configuration is totally different.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini (i8190) specs:
4-inch Super AMOLED display @ 800×400 pixels, 233ppi
1.0GHz dual-core processor
Mali-400 GPU
1GB RAM
8GB/16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
3G/HSPA 14.4Mbps
NFC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth v4.0
5-megapixel (rear) camera w/ AF and LED flash
VGA front camera
Video recording/playback: 720p
GPS w/ aGPS support
FM Radio (RDS)
TouchWiz UI 4.0
Android 4.1 Jellybean
Li-Ion 1500mAh battery
121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm (dimensions)
111.5g (weight)
SRP: Php14,990

The O+ 8.12 is a fairly new brand that came from the US. They offer entry to mid-level handsets, some of them with dual-SIM functionality.

O+ 8.12 specs:
4.5-inch qHD display @ 960×540 pixels, 245ppi
MediaTek MT6577 1.0GHz dual-core processor
PowerVR SGX531 GPU
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microsd card
Dual-SIM
3G/HSPA
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
8MP rear autofocus camera, VGA secondary camera
720p video @ 30fps
GPS w/ aGPS support
1,850mAh Li-Po battery
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
SRP: Php11,995

Processor and RAM.

Both the S3 Mini and O+ 8.12 uses a 1.0GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM. Samsung used their own processor based on a Cortex A9 CPU and Mali-400 MP GPU while the O+ 8.12 utilizes a Mediatek processor and PowerVR SGX531 GPU.

Ultimately, the benchmarks will dictate which is the better processor so we’re giving both equal points in this round.

S3 Mini: 1, O+ 8.12: 1

Internal Storage.

Samsung is pretty generous with the internal storage of the S3 Mini with 16GB as the base storage while O+ 8.12 only offer 4GB internal storage. Both devices offer expandable storage of up to 32GB via micro SD card.

Galaxy S3 Mini wins this round.

S3 Mini: 1, O+ 8.12: 0

Display.

The Galaxy S3 Mini uses a Super AMOLED display in a 4.0-inch screen. However, the low resolution of 800×400 pegs it at just 233ppi. The O+ 8.12, on the other hand, uses regular LCD (a scratch-resistant one) but with a much higher screen size at 4.5-inches and all the while still having higher resolution (960×540 pixels) and pixel density (245ppi).

This gives the O+ 8.12 a bigger edge over the S3 Mini.

S3 Mini: 0, O+ 8.12: 1

Connectivity.

The S3 Mini has more options for connectivity — up to 14Mbps on HSPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The O+ 8.12 only has up to 7.2Mbps on HSPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and no NFC. The O+ 8.12 has dual-SIM functionality though.

It’s too hard to call so we’re giving both equal points for this round.

S3 Mini: 1, O+ 8.12: 1

Battery.

The O+ 8.12 uses an 1,850mAh Li-Po battery while the S3 Mini only has 1500mAh. The O+ 8.12 has more battery by 23% and wins this round.

S3 Mini: 0, O+ 8.12: 1

Benchmark Scores.

To see the relative performance of the two handset, we ran Antutu Benchmark and Quadrant between the two. The O+ 8.12 got a score of 6,757 on Antutu while the S3 Mini got 5,438. Quadrant score of S3 Mini is around 3,000 while )+ 8.12 got 2,713.

It’s a close call but the O+ 8.12 wins this round by a short margin.

S3 Mini: 0, O+ 8.12: 1

OS and Apps.

Both handsets runs on Android but the S3 Mini comes with the latest Jellybean version while the O+ 8.12 is still on ICS. The S3 Mini easily wins this round.

S3 Mini: 1, O+ 8.12: 0

Camera.

The O+ 8.12 packs an 8MP rear camera with 720p recording while the S3 Mini only has a 5MP with the same 720p video recording. The O+ 8.12 wins this round.

S3 Mini: 0, O+ 8.12: 1

Retail Price.

The O+ 8.12 is more affordable at Php11,995 while the Galaxy S3 Mini retails for Php14,990.The S3 Mini is more expensive by 25% so the former wins this round.

S3 Mini: 0, O+ 8.12: 1

Both handsets have their respective strengths and weaknesses. Samsung definitely banked on the popularity of the Galaxy S3 so there’s no doubt they will sell a lot of the S3 Mini.

O+ is a fairly new brand and has projected a really good name in the market. They’ve also added a few unique features into their handsets that we have not seen anywhere else. One example is the Air Shuffle — it’s a nice little trick that allows you to switch between photos and songs with a wave of the hand. It looks a bit gimmicky but at least you know they’re doing something different and not just copy others.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini got an over-all score of 4 points while the O+ 8.12 got a high of 7 points in the 9 various categories we pitted them together.