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Sony Xperia J vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Clash of the Mid-Range Android Smartphone Titans
Samsung and Sony have always been in a silent war in the category of smartphones, when it comes styling factor and multimedia capabilities. Also, the year 2012 has been a crazy year as far as both the manufacturers product launches are concerned, as both the handset vendors came up with a plethora of launches in almost all the categories including entry-level, mid-range and high-end smartphone segments.
Sony the Japanese tech giant unveiled many handsets including Xperia S, Xperia U, Xperia J and more this year and has also entered the entry-level smartphone market with its Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual smartphones in the sub Rs 10,000 price range.
At the same time, Samsung, the world's largest smartphone vendor has also come up with a slew of smartphone launches, worth the mention the Galaxy S3 – the hottest selling smartphone with over 30 million sales in just 5 months of release.
Keeping the high price point of Galaxy S3, the company has come up with its younger sibling – Galaxy S3 Mini with almost similar features as its big brother.
While Sony has released the Xperia J handset in India officially, the Galaxy S3 Mini is still not released into the market, but the online retailer eBay.in has listed the handset for pre-order for Rs 26,999.
Hence, if you are looking to upgrade to a mid-range handset with decent specifications, here is a comparison between Sony Xperia J and Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini. Read it below before you decide to buy!
Dimensions & Weight: Xperia J carries a dimension of 124.3 x 61.2 x 9.2 mm and a weight of around 124 grams while the slightly slimmer and lighter Galaxy S3 Mini has a dimension of 121.55 x 63 x 9.85 mm and weighs in at 111.5 grams.
Display: In this segment, Xperia J sports a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 854 pixel resolution and BRAVIA mobile engine, whereas, Galaxy S3 Mini flaunts a 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 400 pixel resolution.
Hence, in terms of display, Galaxy S3 Mini with an AMOLED display will be sharper and clearer than the one in Xperia J.
Processor: When it comes to processor, Xperia J is equipped with a single-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A5 processor, which is the most energy efficient and cost effective processor available. On the other hand, Galaxy S3 Mini comes packed with a dual core 1GHz processor, which is too slow as compared to the other dual core processors.
Operating System: On the OS front, the Galaxy S3 scores an upper arm as it is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, whereas Xperia J comes flavored with Android 4.0 ICS platform.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has new features including Project Butter, expandable and contractible notifications, resizable app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam and many more.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, both Xperia J and Galaxy S3 Mini head against each other with a 5MP rear camera accompanied with a 0.3MP VGA front camera for video calling.
Storage: When it comes to memory storage, again, Galaxy S3 Mini fares well with 8GB/16GB internal storage options as compared to 4GB internal storage in Xperia J. At the same time, Galaxy S3 Mini has 1GB RAM, while Xperia J has only 512MB RAM. Further, both the handsets have a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.
Connectivity: Both the handsets come packed with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and micro USB 2.0 features. Further, Galaxy S3 Mini has NFC connectivity as well, which makes mobile payment simpler and easier.
Battery: Galaxy S3 Mini is powered by a 1,500 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed battery life while Xperia J is powered by a bigger 1,750 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 7.5 hours talk time and 25 days standby.
Price: Xperia J is available in India for a price tag of Rs 16,490, whereas Galaxy S3 Mini is awaiting its official release in the country. However, eBay.in has listed the handset for pre-order at Rs 26,999. Check goProbo.com for online smartphone pricing.
Detailing on Sony Xperia J, the handset is preloaded with Walkman feature to offer unlimited music experience to the music lovers. At the same time, Galaxy S3 Mini, being the miniature of Galaxy S3 comes packed with exclusive software features including S Beam, S Voice, Direct Call, Smart Stay and more.
For music enthusiasts who spend less on a smartphone purchase and have better battery backup, the Sony offering should be the right choice.
However, if the concern is on Jelly Bean user experience, increased storage options and NFC connectivity, Galaxy S3 Mini is a better option.